Until recently, there was no impressive flat tin figure from Johann Sebastian Bach, which had pleased both of us. And as son and sister-in-law of a passionate tin-figures-collector, the path to such a piece of jewelry was still a challenge, but with the support of the professional in the family, we were finally successful. 7 artists and creators were needed to make this idea of a small flat tin figure, come true. At first, of course, Bach was needed. Then the next was the painter Gottlob Elias Haußmann, who has known still known Bach personally and portrayed him in two oil paintings. This portrait was the basis for the sculptor who created the Bach Monument in Eisenach; He is no.3. Of this sculpture, another unknown artist made a steel engraving. From this steel engraving another engraver drew the necessary drawing and then he engraved the figure. He is number no. 5. Finally, however, there was somebody needed who could imagine all this as a "tin figure project", that is my husband Peter Bach, Jr. And without his father the project wouldn’t have come true, so we have the creatives in the project no. 6 and 7. An eighth artist is needed when this so-called raw or bare tin figure comes to the next expert in the team: the painter who can paint so delicately that these tiny figures get faces and the clothes lights and shadows.
Height: 10 cm, weight: 312 grams. Quite the opposite of the flat tin figure is the 3 dimensional one: It is larger, namely 10 centimeters high, it is massive and it is heavy: a weight of 312 grams. And it is fantastically engraved and high-quality cast.
Only about one in 1,000 tin figure collectors collects fully plastic themes. Placing a tin figure in the wall unit does not make someone a collector yet - nevertheless the number is estimated above. Full plastic tin figures - in contrast to flat ones - are generally higher, namely 10 centimetres instead of the better known flat ones with only 4 centimetres. And the fully plastic ones are much, really much heavier. Bach is perfect in this form, e.g. as a paperweight. Bach weighs a proud 312 grams. Of course, it feels most comfortable on a desk, so that every visitor can discover it. Full plastic, this pewter figure makes of course already in unpainted version mighty impression. But as a painted full plastic figure it is really a hit.
We also have a gifted artist paint Johann Sebastian Bach's fully plastic 10 centimetre high tin figure - of course it is the same expert who paints the flat tin figures for us - and why should he use his art less on this larger of the two miniatures? The result is really impressive: it's like a real oil painting, just applied to the smallest surface. The more filigree the details, the calmer the artist's hand must be. Without a magnifying glass, he cannot cope with details under any circumstances. If you assume that there are certainly not more than five painters in Germany who can do this in terms of quality - perhaps there are only five in the world - the result is a rarity. A single artist can't paint several tin figures in too short a time. And you can't have these miniatures painted abroad. Many German tin figure collectors have made this experience and we use it because my father-in-law told me about it.
A painted 3-D figure is certainly an attraction and attracts the attention of every visitor. Only with an option this attraction can be increased: a blank, thus unpainted tin figure diagonally behind the painted one. So a whole Bach story with the mini ensemble is complete.
Renate Bach Publishing "Bach 4 You" – Bildstrasse 25, 74223 Flein / Germany – Phone: +49 7131 576761 – info (at) bach4you.de