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Max Schanz: Spielzeug Gestalten im Erzgebirge

Max Schanz: Spielzeug Gestalten im Erzgebirge


Max Schanz: Spielzeug Gestalten im Erzgebirge

Edited by Sabine Rommel and Mathias Zahn

Forty years of German toy design from 1910 to 1950
The origin of the famous Christmas Decoration from Germany

The leaping deer from the range of wooden toys from the Seiffen region is an international symbol in the gleaming eyes of children and collectors alike. It was designed by Max Schanz (1895–1953), who as a teacher and director of the Spielwarenfachschule [Technical College for Toys] informed the production of toys in the Erz Mountains. His designs were implemented through the division of labor in family-oriented cottage industries, achieving the standards set by the Werkbund [German Work Federation] for attractive aesthetic and professional production: from small carol singers to six-meter-high Christmas pyramids, all basic components were turned on the lathe and thus display the design idiom typical of Seiffen. Spielzeug Gestalten im Erzgebirge portrays a significant chapter in German design history, from the late Empire, through the Weimar Republic and National Socialist rule, to the early GDR.

208 pages | 324 color illustrations
Text in German
Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2023
10.4 x 8.9 inches
ISBN 9783897906501
Artist Monograph, Toy Design

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