Monday, December 15, 2008
Decorative Arts: Mignot Toy Soldiers
There is a special French company called Mignot that hand-manufactures lead toy soldiers. It has been in business since the era of Napoleon and is still creating exceptional, tiny pieces of art. I began collecting Mignot soliders last year and have a shelf devoted to them by the fireplace. The amount of work, patience and detail in each piece is amazing. This photograph was taken by a friend on a visit to Paris, where you can find entire shops devoted to these pieces, with thousands on display. They are regularly available on ebay and a few online sellers specializing in toy soldiers.