My aim in setting up this blog is in exploring flats (zinnfiguren) as an art form. Once thought of as playthings, flats have evolved into very artistic pieces, created for and treasured by collectors. I prefer to explore flats in a contextual setting by putting them into shadow-box dioramas of artistic merit which can be reasonably contained within a manageable space. The chronology of this web blog will hopefully blaze a definite trail in this direction.
I’ve just decided to refurbish this piece based a well-known Jean L. Gerome painting titled The Snake Charmer. The scene comprises a nice oriental set obtained from Braune and with a few Wilken figures added.
So here's the piece as it was hanging on the wall before I started the refurbishment.
I had made this about 10 years ago. The sides were simply painted black. In retrospect, I think it would probably look better if I added mirrors to the sides to create an impression of a large interior. Mirrors cut to the right size are a little tricky so I have opted for silvered mirror paper which are easier to handle. The scene was missing a white turbaned boy in a blue gown sitting in front.
I carefully prised open the box from the frame. Then I cut two side shiny card pieces to fit onto the edges.
I sculpted the sitting boy figure to add to the scene.
Finally, I've completed this. The figures and parts were reassembled and I added a thin cutout frame to mask off the edges.The glass sides certainly make the scene roomier and brighter. Thanks for looking.
This magnificent set was obtained from Schmiddtiel, now not available. I have had it for a few years and I intend to paint it now. The figures were spray-painted in matt grey and mounted on a wooden base for temporary display.