Collectors Press Inc., the award-winning
pop culture publisher, is proud to announce our newest consummate art book, The
Art and Character of Nutcrackers. Beyond visions of sugarplum fairies and
wooden men with white beards, the nutcrackers featured in this stunning art book
are elegant, sophisticated, rustic pieces of usable art steeped in history and
tradition. Beautifully photographed, rare, and valuable, these nutcrackers
from around the world are collected and celebrated in one place for the first
time ever. What began as an innocent purchase during a production of the
Nutcracker Ballet has blossomed into a world-renowned collection almost 40 years
in the making. Arlene Wagner (also known as the Nutcracker Lady) and her
husband have amassed more than 5,000 pieces. Housed in the Leavenworth
Nutcracker Museum, which is also a National Heritage Foundation
site, the Wagners' collection is on display to the public.
Arlene Wagner became
interested in nutcrackers in the late 1960s when she purchased some for her
dance studio. She and her husband George have been collecting nutcrackers
ever since. In 1995 they founded The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, a
National Heritage Foundation. She lives in Leavenworth, Washington, where
she serves as president of Ms. Arlene Inc, and manages the Nussknacker Haus and
Tannenbaum Shoppe. An accomplished dancer, Arlene has held several
prominent positions throughout her career including director of Ballet Les
Jeunes in Renton, Washington, and president of the Pacific Northwest chapter of
Dance Masters of America.
Nutcrackers have been in use
for thousands of years; in fact evidence shows that it was one of the first
chores done by mankind. However, the stereotypical white-bearded, sword-toting
nutcracker common to Christmas decor is only one chapter in The Art and
Character of Nutcrackers. As the official book of The Leavenworth Nutcracker
Museum, it showcases the largest collection of nutcrackers in the world —
photographed and preserved in one place for the first time ever.
Whether carved, molded, or mechanical, the
diversity of nutcracker styles and materials reflect the social status of their
owners and present a time capsule of the period in which they were created.
Steeped in history and tradition, collectors and average folks alike will
appreciate the beauty of this book and its subject.
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