Tradition has it that it was a particularly beautiful summer’s day in 1912 when Grete Wendt designed the Miner. Three years before the foundation of Wendt & Kühn she had been inspired by the Freiberg Miners’ Festival with its magnificent parade of miners. In what was the summer house of the vocational school in Grünhainichen, her home town, she came up with the designs for three smaller examples before she finally created this 30-centimeter high Miner with his two candle holders.
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Mining in the Erzgebirge dates back to the first discovery of ore in 1168, in the former district of Christiansdorf close to what is today the mining town of Freiberg. Silver deposits were first documented in this area around 1185. The first “silver rush” was followed in the 15th century by the discovery of new deposits in the Erzgebirge, which is how the “Ore Mountains” got their name. For centuries mining shaped the life and culture of this region. The Freiberg Mining Academy, founded in 1765, enjoys an excellent reputation as the world’s oldest mining and metallurgy oriented university.