Height: 8 cm (3.15 in)
This flat tin figure is the end result of the various artists who were needed to make this little gift come into being.
The flat Bach tin figure: You call the little unpainted art work blank.
Until recently, there was no impressive flat tin figure of Johann Sebastian Bach that we both liked. And as the son and daughter-in-law of a passionate tin figure collector, the path to such a gem was still a challenge, but with the support of the expert in the family, finally successful. It took seven artists and creatives to turn this idea into a small flat tin figure. First, of course, it took Bach. Then the next was the painter Gottlob Elias Haußmann, who still knew Bach personally and portrayed him in two oil paintings. This portrait, in turn, was the basis for the sculptor who created the Bach monument in Eisenach, he is the creative no. 3. From it, another unknown artist made a steel engraving. From it, the engraver drew a necessary drawing and then engraved the figure. He is number no. 5. Finally, however, it also needed one who could imagine all this to a "tin figure project", that was then my husband Peter Bach Jr. and without his father the project would also not have come into being, so we would have the creatives in project no. 6 and 7. An eighth artist is necessary when this so-called raw or also blank tin figure then comes to the next expert in the team: in fact the painter who is able to paint so filigree that these tiny figures get faces and the clothes lights and shadows.
Height: 8 cm (3.15 in)
The painted flat Bach tin figure: The perspective results from the engraving and painting with "lights and shadows". Flat tin figures are always placed parallel to the viewer, never at an angle.
Height: 10 cm (3.94 in)
Weight: 312 g ( 0.69 lbs)
Quite the opposite of the flat tin figure is the three-dimensional one: It is larger, that is ten centimeters high, it is massive and it is heavy: a weight of 312 grams. And it is fantastically engraved and high-quality cast.
The Johann Sebastian Bach Tin Figure. That's right: a 3D, that is a fully sculptured tin figure (... as tin figure collectors call them) you can place as you like. Unlike flat tin figures.
Only about one in 1,000 tin figure collectors collects three-dimensional themes. Putting a tin figurine in the cabinet does not make someone a collector ... nevertheless, the number above is estimated. Three-dimensional tin figures – in contrast to flat ones – are usually higher, that is ten centimeters (... 3.93 inches) instead of the better known flat ones with only four centimeters (... 1.57 inches). And the three-dimensional ones are much, really much heavier. Bach in this form is perfect as a paperweight, for example. Bach weighs a whopping 312 grams (... 0.69 lbs). Of course, he feels most comfortable on a desk, so that every visitor discovers him. Of course, the unpainted version of this tin figure makes a powerful impression. As a painted three-dimensional figure, however, it is a real hit.
The three-dimensional Bach tin figure, painted and unpainted, and you can turn it and set it up as you like.
We also have the fully three-dimensional ten-centimeter-high tin figure of Johann Sebastian Bach painted by a gifted artist – of course, it's the same expert who also paints the flat tin figures for us – and why should he use his skills on this larger of the two miniatures any less. The result is really impressive: It is like a real oil painting, just applied to a very small surface. The more delicate the details, the steadier the artist's hand must be. Without a magnifying glass, there is no way he can cope with details. Assuming that there are certainly no more than five painters in the whole of Germany who can do this in this quality – perhaps there are only five in the world – the result is a rarity. Already to paint several tin figures in a too narrow period of time, a single artist does not manage. And abroad it is not possible to have them painted in these mini-quantities. Many German tin figure collectors have had this experience, and we use it because my father-in-law told us about it.
A painted fully three-dimensional figure is certainly an attraction and draws the attention of every visitor. Only one option can increase this attraction: a blank, that is, unpainted tin figure diagonally behind the painted. Thus, a whole Bach story is complete with the mini-ensemble.
Renate Bach Publishing "Bach 4 You" – Bildstrasse 25, 74223 Flein / Germany – Phone: +49 7131 576761 – info (at) bach4you.de