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.

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Puss “Miechen” is used to leave a pair of hairs for art from time to time
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Some cat hairs are arranged around a longer one…
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… and fixed with silk thread and knotted.
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The new cat hair brush in use.

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