The Big Book of Angels

Encyclopedia of a design classic

Please note that the book is only available in the German language.

A long held dream of many collectors and fans will at last be fulfilled when “The Big Book of Angels” is published on November 30, 2023. Following countless hours of research, analysis and trawling the archives, dates, photographic material and stories about the Eleven Dot Angels have been collated, evaluated and brought together. The result is an encyclopedia that throws light on the Eleven Dot Angels to a hitherto unprecedented extent.

An enthralling read

Historical sources, philosophical reflections and an exceptional portrait


Favorite angels: And last but not least, observations on the history and the nature of the Eleven Dot Angels are brought together in stories, in which collectors provide unique insights into their lives and their collections. Eleven stories answer the question of what these small beings mean to us.

This first comprehensive portrait of Grete Wendt describes the life of the creator of the Eleven Dot Angels. What kind of person was she? How did she become such a talented designer? What motivated her? Numerous original quotes from Grete Wendt and her contemporaries deliver an authentic insight into her life and meticulously explore her character.


“The Smile of Love ”: In this philosophical essay Dr Christoph Quarch explores how these small wooden figurines succeed in captivating the hearts of people all over the world. The essay focuses in addition on their subject, their creator and how she approached her work, and places them in the spirit of their time. He puts himself in the place of the angels, listens to their language, follows them at play and comes close to the love in which they were created. And to the love they continue to spread to this day.


An overview of our historic logo: In these pages we can follow a century of different, mostly circular logos as they changed over time and this makes it possible for collectors to establish which period their favorite pieces originate from. With this overview in The Big Book of Angels it will be easier for you to date your own treasures in the future.

A special reference book

Around 500 figurines

The second third of the book reveals the host of Eleven Dot Angels in all their variety and depth, showing every Eleven Dot Angel of which we are aware that has been produced in the Grünhainichen workshops in the past one hundred years. A real milestone in the history of the Eleven Dot Angels. This well-structured reference book presents 500 different angels each with a picture and short text - it names their designer, reveals the period of their production, documents changes, shows color variations, and gives an account of the occasion, the commission, and whether it was a limited edition or had any special features. It shows angels with and without instruments, Christmas tree decorations and anniversary angels. And also commissions from companies and retailers. Music boxes, organs, clocks, table wreaths and candelabras which feature Eleven Dot Angels are also included in the book and are certain to be a revelation.

Please note

Due to high demand, the first edition of the book is already out of print. We are currently accepting orders for the second edition, which will be published in spring 2024. You can order your personal copy using the form.

Please note that delivery will not take place until after the publication date in spring 2024. We will inform you of the exact publication date via the usual channels.

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Please choose how you would like to receive your book:
I hereby order against invoice the book “Das große Engel-Buch. Enzyklopädie eines Design-Klassikers” in German language at a cost of €125. I understand that there will be an additional charge for postage and packaging of €6.95.
I hereby place a binding order for the book “Das große Engel-Buch. Enzyklopädie eines Design-Klassikers” in German language at a price of €125 to be paid in advance. I will shortly receive from Wendt & Kühn an invoice to be paid in advance. The cost of shipping will vary depending on which country it is to be shipped to and we will inform you of the charge for postage in our invoice.
I hereby bindingly order the book “Das große Engel-Buch. Enzyklopädie eines Design-Klassikers” in German language for collection at a price of EUR 125.