105 years of Wendt & Kühn is a worthy occasion for our really special birthday messenger: the Anniversary Angel 2020 with Spruce and Star. In one hand it holds a staff topped with a shimmering gold star that offers comfort and encouragement. With its other hand it protects a tiny tree, modelled on the spruce from the Wendt & Kühn logo. Each figurine will be identified with a special label on the underside of its base (with no limit to the numbers produced). This angel will be made exclusively during 2020.
The Anniversary Angel will go on sale at Wendt & Kühn’s own stores in Seiffen and Grünhainichen on August 22, 2020. Our authorized retailers will be selling it from August 24, 2020.
From now on, three penguins will be making their grand entrance and joining the Wendt & Kühn collection. Olly Wendt, née Sommer’s, imaginative design for these cheerful little penguins brings these ever popular Antarctic dwellers to life as cheeky animal figurines who will waddle straight into the hearts of their fans on their large yellow feet. The really distinctive feature of the large and medium-sized penguins is their rotating head. There are also interesting parallels with the owls in our collection, in terms of the artistic interpretation of their plumage, which uses translucent paint to make their feathers look soft and fluffy. Exactly modelled on nature.
Olly Wendt, née Sommer, started working as a designer at Wendt & Kühn in 1920, exactly one hundred years ago. The new special exhibition “Talent – Fate – A life’s work.” on display at the headquarters of the manufactory in Grünhainichen is dedicated to her life’s work. Numerous figurines, sketches, photographs and previously unseen documents, as well as artefacts from her daily life, offer insights into the personal life of a woman who worked side by side in creative competition with company founder Grete Wendt.
This special exhibition can be viewed daily from 10am to 5pm, with special measures in place in light of current circumstances. We regret there are no guided tours at the moment. Curator Marlis Rokitta has this to say: “Right now we can all do with the encouragement this woman gives us. Through painful times and long periods of anxious waiting she retained her optimism and strength of will, she focused on her work and she maintained her kind-heartedness at all times.” Click here for the full interview.
It’s certainly no secret that the musical talents of our Grünhainichen Angels® are known around the world. But even offstage, they still sing to our hearts – as our Angel with Letter and Flowers. As an ambassador of the heart, this cherub makes a gift sure to delight any special loved one. And not just on birthdays or Christmas. Especially as a lovely little surprise in good as well as hard times, from a heartfelt apology to a sincere thank you. A figurine to let all those special people know: “I’m so glad you’re in my life!”