Monday, September 14, 2009

Worlds Smallest Figurines, Willard Wigan

Willard Wigan began fiddling in the sand making little houses for ants at a young age. He had dyslexia and learning difficulties and could escape an unforgiving world by making his own "little" world.

He went on to create figures made out of thread, dust, and tiny particles found in nature.  His paintbrush is made of an insect's antennea.  He's used spiderwebs and tiny pieces of thread in his work.  His work is so small that it can only be seen with a microscope. He usually displays his figures on the head of pin or in the eye on a needle as seen below in the "Owl" and "Elephant".  His contemporary display "cabinet" consists of a globe with a magnifyer lens and light attached which looks down upon the tiny figurine.

Willard works during the wee hours of the night. Before he sits down to work, he induces himself into a deep meditative state to reduce heavy breathing and hand tremors.  Any vibrations caused by traffic or natural ocurrances disrupt his concentration and steadiness. His figurines are on exhibition and only a limited amount are available to the public. One figurine takes 3 months to complete. Famous collectors such as Prince Charles and Elton John are fortunate enough to own one which can cost upwards of $40,000.


USA Exhibition Dates
Online Store & Williard's Book




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Monday, September 7, 2009

Featured: Home Interiors, Tiny Tails




Home Interiors "Tiny Tales"

Two adorable field mice sharing berries. Handpainted ceramic in a matte finish. Manufacturer's item #1443. Measures 4-1/4" tall x 4-1/2" wide. Made in China. Perfect condition with no nicks.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Herend, A Grand Spectacle


Herend USA has a facinating history. It was founded in 1826 in Hungary as an earthenware producer. In 1851, Queen Victoria ordered a large set of Herend dinnerware and Herend was on it's way as being a known as a "royalty" company.

The folk figurine line was introduced in 1850. The signature black fishnet design was introduced in 1858 when an artist painted "fish scales" on a rooster to serve as feathers. Rust fishnet followed in 1870. When the popularity of Herend figurines rose in the 1950's, other colors were added to the line such as blue, green, raspberry, butterscotch, and chocolate.

Starting in 1957, Robert Grimm of Martin Herend Imports, Inc. was the sole importer of Herend products to the US. Today, Grimm's daughter and granddaughter are the proprietors to distribute Herend to over 400 authorized dealers in the U.S.




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