max schanz
spielzeug gestalten im erzgebirge

arnoldsche art publishers verlag 2021, 208 seiten, hardcover

herausgeber: sabine rommel. mathias zahn
fotografie: sabine rommel
grafik: julia rommel

deutschlands schönstes regionalbuch / 1. platz, stiftung buchkunst / boersenverein 2022
landespreis heimatforschung / 1. platz, 2021
verband erzgebirgischer kunsthandwerker und spielzeughersteller e.v. marienberg, sonderpreis der jury, 2021

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.

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