Otto Gottstein &
the Golden Age of the Zinnfiguren.
Originating in Germany during the 18th
century Zinnfiguren are highly detailed representations of soldiers and
historical figures, often known in the UK as 'Flat' figures or 'Flats'. These
figures are usually 30mm high, wafer thin, cast in high relief on both sides
with a flat base and displayed either in a cabinet or as part of a small scene
or historical diorama.
This work covers the German Zinnfiguren as
both a new art form and as a visual educational aide to the History of the
World as originally conceived by impresario and connoisseur Otto Gottstein and
such luminaries as the colourful actor and dramatist Petrocochino
I hope that whether
you are a lover of Art and Design for its own sake, a Zinnfigure collector, a
student of history or just a general reader with a thirst for knowledge, you
will at the very least, enjoy turning the many pages full of lavish colour
illustrations of historical costumed figures and creative designs which
inspired the author.
- A handful of Masterpieces
from Otto Gottstein's personal flat figure collection, lost since 1951 and now
illustrated for the first time together with previously unknown Gottstein
archive material acquired by the author.
- Together with cameo
portraits on Otto Gottstein the man and his circle in England between 1933
& 1948 including William Carman English designer & artist, with his
personal archive and material from Ludwig Madlener the foremost master designer
in Germany, with archive material; Plus brief profiles of other artisan and
collectors in England and Europe that were either associated to or influenced
by Gottstein the man or one of his many projects.
- BONUS CD - Seen here
for the first time - Many colour images of zinnfiguren from important historic
collections ; with highlights of the famous Mignot of Paris series, as well as
original designs, archive letters, drawings documents and illustrative research
material, together with many rarely seen pre war European Society journals,
extracts or articles including material from rare pre-war B.S.M.C Bulletins and