Design: perspective box

In my early teens an old neighbour once gave me a pile of wooden cigar boxes. I used them to create what’s called “Guckkasten” in German, a perspective box or peep-show box. They contain small bric-a-brac figures in front of a matching background, arranged like frozen scenes of a play. I still have some of the original cigar boxes, and recently I needed one to make a small stage for the tin figure of Charlie Rivel, the famous Catalan circus clown. His stage-in-a-box got a luxurious curtain, gold glitter, a proper shadow and a matching frame. Curtains up!

Guckkasten Charlie Rivel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guckkasten Clown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pewter figures, wood, glass, paper, acrylic paint.
12×11 cm

 

Guckkasten Pink Dress

This box is called The Pink Dress.
16×16 cm

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