Product no.: 20250-7
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5-times jointed, arms. legs and the head are movable
with triangular HERMANN neckmark in the back of the head
with the green HERMANN hangtag - The bear with the running dog
with certificate of authenticity
Each bear has its own, unique number within the limited edition
HERMANN Matryoshka Bear
The most famous representatives of Russian folk art are the „Matryoshkas“ The first Russian “Matryoshka” appeared at the end of the 19th century. For over 100 years, this famous “doll-in-the-doll” is hand carved from the wood of the lime tree. It is hand painted and covered with varnish by highly trained talented Russian artists. History tells the story of the first “Matryoshka” was made in 1895 by the artist S.V. Maljutin according to a model, which a Russian countess had brought back from a trip to Japan. He named this nestling dolls “Matryoshka”, which is an abreviation of “Matryona”. This name was the most popular female name among Russian farmers of the time. It was derived from the Latin word “Mater”, which means “Mother”. In 1900 the Russian “Matryoshka” took part in the World Exhibition in Paris where it got a medal and became internationally known. The first foreign orders were made and from then on “Matryoshka” became famous around the world.
The dolls nestled inside one another are a symbol for the generations and the unity within the family. In former times they were made in a very simple way by parents for their children. But today the “Matryoshkas” belong to highly desirable collectible items. Because of their unique character and their roots in the old tradition of Russian folk art and last but not least because of their manifold appearances of different designs, the “Matryoshkas” are in great demand by art-lovers around the world. Whilst there are many Thousands of the more simple “Souvenir-Matryoshkas”, which are still painted today by Russian farmers, the high-class “Collectors Matryoshkas” are made by graduate artists in very small editions. But nevertheless the basic technique of “Matryoshka” making has remained unchanged for more than 100 years.
With our “HERMANN Matryoshka Bear” we want to present imaginatively a new artistic creation of “Matryoshkas” and to set this old Russian folk art in relation to our Teddy Bears. Our „Matryoshka Bear“ is a 3-pieces high-class collectible „Matryoshka-Set“, containing one big original “Matryoshka” single doll, which can be opened, one small original “Matryoshka” single doll, which cannot be opened and our HERMANN Teddy Bear. Both “Matryoshka” dolls were designed exclusively for HERMANN-Coburg by Russian artists according to the design of our “HERMANN Matryoshka Mohair Bear”. They are hand carved from the wood of the lime tree. They are hand painted and covered with vanish by high-grade talented Russian artist, who live deep in the Russian countryside, in a region about 1.500 km away from St. Petersburg. One artist needs about one week to paint five of our “HERMANN Matryoshkas”.
Because of the individual hand painting, each of our “Matryoshkas” is an individual item. There does not exist any two dolls, which are completely the same. No doll looks exactly like the other. Of course, the artists paint the dolls according to the given design, but the individuality is in the hand of the artist. Therefore the dolls vary in colours and in positioning the design onto the doll. This means that each “Matryoshka” is completely original. Each of the big “Matryoshka” single dolls is signed by the single artist on the bottom of the doll. In the same way like our mohair Bear, the big wooden doll is marked at its neck with our HERMANN-Coburg metal “neck mark” too.
Our „HERMANN Matryoshka Bear“ starts a new series, which will show Teddy Bears in typical appearances within world-wide different cultures.
Teddy Bears stuffed with excelsior belong to the rarity treasure of the Teddy Bear world and are only rarely offered on the collector’s market today. What used to be the daily work of the Teddy Bear makers in former times, has become a valuable and rare treasure today. Worldwide there are only a handful of experts who are still familiar with the traditonal art of excelsior stuffing. Years of training, muscle strength and an artistic sense for styling are necessary to carry out this very time-consuming work. Only very old and long-standing manufactures have still the knowledge today, how Teddy Bears can be stuffed with excelsior according to old example, so that nowadays excelsior stuffed Teddy Bears are hardly to find.
For almost 100 years, we have cultivated the tradition of stuffing our Teddy Bears with excelsior and we have preserved for us this knowledge untill today. This gives our Teddy Bears their exceptional value and makes them to uncomparable and unique creatures with value-preserving character.
Mohair is made from one of nature`s finest sources for natural fiber, the Angora goat. This special fur is very long and naturally wavy. When sheared (this usually occurs twice a year) it is called mohair. The term "mohair" is derived from the Arabian word "Muhayar" which literally means "the fabric of goat hair". Despite the name similarity there is no relation to the Angora rabbit.
The collection of this noble hair does not require any animals to be harmed!
Angora goats are a delicate animal and are very sensitive to temperature change. This requires a dependable mild climate. Summers not so hot that the meadows dry out and winters not too cold. In the entire world there are only three regions that consistently meet these ideal conditions: Texas, USA, South Africa and Turkey.
The fur of the Angora go at is naturally white, curly and shiny. Its fibers have a remarkable strength when made into a pile fabric. These characteristics together with the noble appearance, silky feel and sheen make mohair one of the finest fibers offered by nature.
HERMANN-Spielwaren, now located in Coburg-Cortendorf / Germany, is one of the oldest still existing Teddybear companies worldwide. Founded 1920 in Neufang near Sonneberg / Thuringia the history goes back to the year 1913, when Max Hermann manufactrued his first Teddybear together with his brother Arthur and his sister Adelheid.
The company is famous for there extraordinary designs, there craftmanship, there exclusive small editions and that each bear, made in Coburg / Germany is a own personality. Each bear is made by highskilled longtime employees, many of them work over 10 years for HERMANN-Spielwaren.
Each wellknown teddybear book features the designs and also the Teddybear magacines are in close contact the the company for new styles. Des Chef-Designer is Ulla Hermann, granddaughter of the founder. Her Teddybears won famous Awards, like the TOBY Industry’s and Public’s Choice Award, the Golden Teddy Award or the TED worldwide Award.
Valuable collector’s item. This product is not a toy in the sence of the toy guideline (2009/48/EC Attachment I, 2 c + d). This product is intended only for adult collectors with an age of 14 years and over.