A Memory of Erzgebirge Flower Children – from Gisela Mangus
I am delighted that Gisela Mangus offered to share one of her memories with us. Does anyone else collect Angels and Erzgebirge Flower Children? My mom has a set of the flower children in her bedroom. I always loved going in to touch them… carefully of course… They were so sweet, and had such ENORMOUS flowers. How could you not love them?
The Flower Children are a messenger that Spring is upon us! Bright colored outfits, little rabbits , sweet smiles, and of course, those giant Flowers. The Erzgebirge Flower children were traditional gifts for birthdays and Christenings.
This is Gisela’s Story…
I fell in love with the little Angels and Erzgebirge Flower Children in the 1940’s. Mom would sew for a well to do family in Viernheim, they had 3 children and the mother was bedridden. My mom would go 1-2 times a year and take me along with her.
The family lived in a villa and in the upstairs hall stood a big cabinet with glass doors where the Wendt and Kuhn Angels, Erzgebirge Flower Children and those wonderful books with those pretty pictures were kept. They were just the right size for my little hands, and a life long love was born. I could not read yet , I was only 3 or 4 years old at the time and the love that began then is alive and well now 70 years later.
I do not have to add that I have accumulated quite a collection now. I have the Angels, the flower children and several of the little books. The only one that I ever got as a child “Haenschen im Blaubeerwald” is still here with me. I love it as much today as I did when I got it all those years ago.
It is still possible to find the Erzgebirge Flower Children that Gisela loved so much… and “Haenschen im Blaubeerwald” has been reprinted for a new generation!
There are so many Erzgebirge Flower Children!
Wendt & Kuhn Flower Children
Wendt & Kuhn make my favorite figurines…the faces are so sweet. This company has been making figurines for 100 years!
Hand Painted Wooden Girl with Lilly of the ValleyWendt and Kuhn Girl with Snowdrop and BunnyWendt and Kuhn Girl with SunflowerWendt and Kuhn Girl with AnemoneHand Painted Wooden Girl with Bunch of FlowersHand Painted Wooden Boy with Daisy
Find Vintage Wendt and Kuhn Flower Children Here
Wendt & Kühn girl (Blossom Kinder) with flower pulling baby in wagon by Wendt and Kühn Erzgebirge folk art hand painted made in GermanyWendt & Kühn girl (Blossom Kinder) with Cornflower flower by Wendt and Kühn Erzgebirge folk art hand painted made in GermanyWendt & Kühn girl (Blossom Kinder) with flower pulling a toy bunny by Wendt and Kühn Erzgebirge folk art hand painted made in GermanyErzgebirge Wendt and Kühn, place card holder, girl vintage
Hubrig Volkskunst Flower Children
… there is a difference in the faces and the painting. Bright cheeks, and more details. Collect the series you love best.
Small Figures & Ornaments Flower girl with Daffodils of march – 11cm / 4,3inch – Hubrig VolkskunstSmall Figures & Ornaments Flower girl with Pansy – 11cm / 4,3inch – Hubrig VolkskunstSmall Figures & Ornaments Flower child boy with Imperial crown – 17cm / 7inch – Hubrig VolkskunstSmall Figures & Ornaments Flower child girl with Lily – 17cm / 7inch – Hubrig VolkskunstSmall Figures & Ornaments Flower child boy with Amaryllis – 11cm / 4,3inch – Hubrig VolkskunstFlower Child Girl with Sun Hat – 11 cm / 4.3 inch
These are the Flower Ladies my Mother collected
I grew up admiring them… and rearranging them on her bookcase…