Some photo of some flats from the Ukraine got my attention on the IFFS Forum. One set is of Ukrainian Cossacks and another of Winged Hussars. I am sure that some of what I want to say here is personal opinion and a matter of personal taste, but the 17th Century Ukrainain Cossacks are amazing. The poses look very natural and each one is busy doing something. They are dynamic poses. Even though I cannot judge them fully by a photo alone, the details are stunning.
Here is a closer look at some of these figures:
I have placed an order for both sets, and am saving up for the French figures. They are very reasonably priced. (Check out the listing of these, and other sets at: http://www.intflatfigures.org/index.php?topic=370.0).
When I wrote to Dmitry about purchasing the figures, he told me enough about his father and their company to stir up an interest in them as well as the figures—after all, how can you separate the two. When I expressed my interest, Dmitry kindly wrote back the following. (Please keep in mind that we are corresponding through Google Translate. So, some of the English may be a little rough.) Below is a photo of his father.
In attached file see my dad. He is on his workplace. His name Vasilevski Igor, was born in 1955.
As I told you before he is not engraver and not sculptor. He is born ideas and producing the figures, he is owner, top-manager, consultant and director in one person. We have a small firm with 10 men team that able to make full process of making figures from idea, master-models, forms, casting, montaging, painting and packaging figures. All in Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk, not in China.His business began in 1991. At this time my dad is old collectionist of the flats and round tin soldiers. He began to collect tin soldiers from 1971 but he loved the soldiers from his childhood and made it from paper, plasticine. After visiting in 1971 Leningrad he went to the museum of Petergoff on the 1st tin soldiers exhibition in USSR and since he like the flats and tin soldiers very much. Since this exhibition impressed to him and affected to his future business (that wasn’t able in USSR at that times) – he was railroad managing worker in young ages and than was worker in apparate of Communist party of USSR.
Although the membership in Communist party couldn’t get him free hobby for tin soldiers he is cast the figures on the own kitchen and paint it by evenings. At 80th was “Iron border” of USSR, unable to have foreign money and very difficult to go outside USSR (especially from provinces) so, the historical figures almost not produced in USSR and it is possible to buy it only in the West, so the tin figures carried to USSR only the persons who like it, understand it and change it for some painted figures for example. It is should be to go for a “slave conditions” but it is grow to high the levels of making the figures. After 1985 the Soviet regime was much more soft and it made possible to have this hobby not hiding from others. At this time my dad can sell his works (not legally).
After the crashed USSR government it is stay possible to have own business and my dad began it. In first years of his business he made round figures and besides it some flat figures sets. But after some time of this work stay understand that round figures is more economic advantageously, however he still like flats. Today he have enough big collection of the flats, we keep the contacts and friendship with collectionists from ex-USSR and Europe.
His series of flats was made not by germany technology but by original technology – sculpting on the thin glass from both sides of glass. Unhappy the flats still not very interesting like commercion and today this is main reason to not continue this direction but we never forget about flats and time to time check the interests of market and maybe we will reanimate this direction of tin soldiers in future…
With best regards
These figures were not engraved in slate, but etched in glass. Is this method new to anyone else? Amazing.
I will post more photos in an upcoming blog.