Monday, 27 October 2014

Country Casual............Rob Lucas (UK)

Anyone that is keen to finish furniture to suit their own décor might like to have a look at Rob Lucas' range of whitewood furniture. Rob's designs are based on Victorian country style designs.  The  furniture can be left natural or painted to suit your miniature setting.  The range is extensive including dressers, sinks, cupboards, settles, tables, chairs, benches, beds, etc.
Rob has a website where you can find his whitewood furniture and it also provides information on what products that he recommends to finish his pieces.  He also will accept commissions if the item you are looking for is not in his range.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Wooden Whimsey..........Reifendreherwerkstatt Hans-Günter Flath (Germany)

I discovered the work of Hans-Günter Flath at one of the European miniature shows a number of years ago.  I was particularly enchanted by the miniature pyramids and the varied wooden items for festive holidays.
I have never seen the craft of tire rotation (Reifentiere) in person but it sounds very interesting.  It is unique to Seiffen apparently where water power was used for the turning of figures and toys from wood.  Anyone interested could to do a quick search on Reifentiere for images and more information.
The range of miniatures from Hans-Günter is extensive and I have a number of examples to show you.  It is hard to choose a favourite but I do like the little Easter tree and the push toys and pyramids.
Hans-Gunter does not have a website but anyone attending the European miniature shows will no doubt enjoy seeing his work.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fascinating Figurines..........Tricia Street (U.K.)

The figurines of Tricia Street are truly wonderful to see for any collector of fine miniatures.  Each figurine is hand-modelled, biscuit fired, glaze fired, painted, fired again and decorated with gold leaf for a total of four firings.  The reproductions that Tricia has made over the years are based on the porcelain figurines and pieces of well known companies such as Chelsea, Derby, Meissen, Coalport and Sevres to name a few.
Tricia no longer exhibits at the larger fairs in the UK.  I have seen her work available occasionally on the secondary market. If you have the chance to purchase one - do have a very close look to assure yourself that it is in fine condition as they are so delicate with the tiniest details and highly breakable!
Vegetable Sellers
Harlequin and Columbine


Fisher Man

Greeting Harlequin


Lady with Cat

Flower Girl

Flower Seller

Touch from the Five Senses


Smell from the Five Senses