segunda-feira, 29 de julho de 2013

Dwarfs of Lodz: the last pair at Pietrkowska

This post ends a chapter in this blog's life, this time dedicated to the iron cast dwarfs (krasnali) found in the city of Lodz, Poland. Those gate sculptures were produced in late XIX century to the beginning of XX century by the german Lodz based forgery owned by Otto Goldammer. At this time Lodz was living its hey day based on fabric factories and massive immigration, especially from jewish comunities. I could not find lots of information about the sculptures nor the producer, so much you read here must be taken under my assumption. I hope it can help others to continue and make it better research than I could.
This said, the last pair of "krasnali" I show was very close to where I was hosted, very close to the most busy crossing of the city, at Ulica Pietrkowska and Al. Pilsudskiego. This is where the old and the new town merge, and probably my first memory of Lodz.
The pair stands in a building close to the right side of the Pietrkowska, and are probably the most revealing of the dwarfs I could find.
They are from what I call the "old style", because some of them have the year inscribed and none of this kind are from the XX century. There is another kind of dwarf that have more elaborated features produced at the beginning of XX century, so I call them the "modern style". Hopefully someone can make it clearer one day.
This particular pair of dwarves are apparently restored, painted in black and look very neat. There is the inscription "ROK" - which means year, but no date, as most of the dwarves. One of them - on the left have a missing part on the bottom, where it can be seem that the dwarves were filled with adobe inside.
The other sculpture - the one on the right side- have somehow a worse finishing where the plates of iron get welded, giving us a hint of how they were produced. This piece is also remarkable for being taller - they have a small base that most of others don't, and for showing clearly the ornaments and details where other fails to do. I would risk to tell they can be newer than other sculptures of dwarves, but i have no proof of that.

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