The fine brushstrokes of the miniatures require not only a steady hand and a good eye, perhaps supported by a large magnifying glass, but also the tools that make the fine work possible in the first place: a brush of cat hair.

The details of the painting are done with a single cat’s hair. The remaining hairs of the brush are primarily used to support this one hair.

1952 akefeh von koerber monchi zadeh mit katze i
Puss “Miechen” is used to leave a pair of hairs for art from time to time
1952 akefeh von koerber monchi zadeh mit katze iii
Some cat hairs are arranged around a longer one…
1952 akefeh von koerber monchi zadeh mit katze ii
… and fixed with silk thread and knotted.
1952 akefeh von koerber monchi zadeh hamburg ii
The new cat hair brush in use.

The fotos were taken in Hamburg by Heribert von Koerber 1952.