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Welcome to the Online Museum of German Wall Figures!

These Fairy Tale Wood Pictures or Wall Figures are a cornucopia of beauty and of history. They are all made of wood. They are all from the 20th century. Many are hand-painted. With this Online-Museum I want to create something beautiful. So, if you love vintage art, take a close look and enjoy, maybe remember, too!

Don’t forget to take a close look at the menu on top: There you will find about 1000 different wood pictures! On this home page you will find much additional knowledge about Fairy Tale Wood Pictures.

M i s s i o n S t a t e m e n t: “The era of German Wall Figures (1930s to 1970s) has almost been forgotten, even in Germany, where 99% of the Fairy Tale Wood Pictures were produced. I am working on preserving the beauty of this era on the World Wide Web.

❌ PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, ANY INFORMATION. TIME IS RUNNING OUT, THE OLD TIME IS FADING. RIGHT NOW I AM ESPECIALLY SEARCHING FOR THE NAME OF THE ARTIST WHO DESIGNED THE EARLY ART DECO ALFRED MERTENS MOTIVES IN THE 1930s. I DO RESPECT FAMILY SECRETS AND WILL ONLY WRITE ABOUT WHAT THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ALLOW!

Christiane Dietz

NEW!!! 1950s WEHA: Mother Holle with Blue Snow Village (25 cm)

Screen-printed on 3 mm-plywood with additional hand-painting. (GDR Toy)
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NEW!! 1930s Hellerkunst: Flying Raven Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood, 17cm height. A very impressive motive, I didn't know of its existence until recently.
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NEW!! 1930s German Wall Figure: Colorful Tumbling Children

Hand-painted on plywood. 18cm height. So endearing. Unfortunately I don't know the producer.
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NEW!! 1970s Mertens-Kunst: Little Rider of Toy Store

Screen-printed on plywood, 12cm height. The text on the back translates to the title on top. The toy store was...
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NEW!! 1950s Muencher-Kunst: Pink Angel with Golden Halo

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood plus 2mm-plywood for the golden halo. Height: 25cm. Yes, there were angels as German Wall Figures. This...
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NEW!! 1930s Hellerkunst: Dark Dwarf with High Mushroom Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 29cm. I like the high hat, you sometimes find them with Hellerkunst.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Angels with Heaven’s Blanket

Hand-painted on plywood. The faces of the angel children, the colors - this is breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you, Magda Heller!
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1930s MA: Corpse White Snow White

Hand-painted on plywood, 12x18cm. A rare motive, I found it in the USA. It is signed "MA".
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Nutshell Thumbelina with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 18cm. One of the early Mertens-Kunst masterpieces. Very simple works great when every line is perfect, like...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Mother with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. Still the Art Deco style of the 1920s. (Alfred Mertens)
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Birthday 1954: Mannheim Kindergarten St.Alfonshaus

Hobby Fretwork Craft after the Hellerkunst original which was designed 20 years earlier.
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1930s Hartmanns Laubsaege-Vorlagen: People from the Street

Hand-painted on 6mm-plywood with varnish. (Hartmanns Laubsäge-Vorlagen 61.)
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1930s Hartmanns Laubsäge-Vorlagen: People from the Street

Hand-painted on 6mm-plywood with varnish. Hartmann invented lots of fretwork designs. And very creative, too. Some of them are rather...
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Mertens-Kunst and Others: Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf

Top left: 1930s unknown producer, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Top left: Late 1940s Mertens-Kunst, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Bottom left: Early 1970er...
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Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf

Top left: 1930s Hellerkunst, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Top right: Early 1940s unknown producer, hand-painted on plywood. Bottom left: 1960s Graupner...
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1940s Vobach: Collection with Carving

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. Sometimes the lines of a figure were painted black, but here they were carved. Very...
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Hobby Fretwork: This is how they did it

In this art box it says: "Junger Bastler - Alter Meister" = Young craft child - Old Master." That was...
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1940s Arnheim Collection (Netherlands): Christening Gifts of a Soldier Father

These wood pictures belong to the Arnheim Collection a German soldier sent to his children back home in 1942. They...
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5 different German currencies in the 20th century: Which currency is meant on the back?

Knowing the currency of vintage pricing in the USA is easy, because the USA has always had the dollar. Germany...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Dwarfs as Flower Vase

These beautiful pictures were made by Andrea from Swabia, which is a beautiful region of south Germany. She created this...
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1930s Pavillon: Collection of 7 Wood Pictures

Look at the moon figure in the middle, it’s Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon. Then enter „Ilse Schneider Moon“...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber: The Post War Story of Hedi Duell (1904 to 1982) ❒

Just after the Second World War Hedi Duell had to earn money to support her two little sons Willi and...
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Comparing Frog Kings: Mertens-Kunst and Edelholz Freiberg

Left: Late 1930s Mertens-Kunst (Original) // Right: 1960s Edelholz Freiberg (Copy)
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Mertens-Kunst: Friendly Harlekin of 1960 and 1980

I put them both on the wall so they almost face each other! The old one is my favorite, but...
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Why does “Original Bergischer Engel” have an “Engel” = Angel in their Name? (Small Angel)

In the very first years (from late 1945) this manufactury produced little angel figures. That's why the word "Engel" =...
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Search via Newspaper Article

How do you find information about a manufactory that produced their last Fairy Tale Wood Picture more than 50 years...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Starting her Business with 17

This is Johanna Witkop around the time she founded "Original Bergischer Engel". She had been only 17 back then. In...
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Original Bergischer Engel: “I Never Drew Those Big Heads!”

That's what Mrs. Gruner-Witkop said in 2018. She drew the left princess. The right princess with "big head" was most...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Nuremberg Toy Fair 1966

Which is the most famous Toy Fair in Germany? Most likely it’s the Nuremberg Toy Fair, taking place once a...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Looking Back with 90

I am really lucky that Mrs Gruner-Witkop's father used to keep a thick ring binder with lots of information about...
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Workshop

All the 1950s products of Original Bergischer Engel were hand-painted. First it were little angels, later on wall figures and...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Frankfurt Toy Fair 1948

It was the first Toy Fair in Frankfurt right after the Second World War. This picture is such a treasure:...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Products and Price List of 1959

The beautiful thing about this list is this: We get to know the christening names of their Fairy Tale Wood...
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1930s Vobach: Fretwork Templates as Ironing Sheets

These Vorbach templates were rather pupular back then.
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German Wall Figures Tour: The Dresden Folk Art Museum

My Dresden friend Brigitte had arranged an appointment in the Dresden Folkart Museum, its proper name being: „Museum für Saechsische...
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Visiting Dresden + Ore Mountains ✧ Are they still producing Wood Pictures?

I was lucky to have made a wonderful new friend in 2017. Brigitte is very interested in art (talented, too!)...
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Dresden Folk Art Museum: Which of these are Hellerkunst?

Most of these wall figures are Hellerkunst, 4 are by other producers. Sorry about the missing translation, but this is...
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German Wall Figures in 1959 Toy Catalogue

As Mrs. Gruner-Witkop had told me, the Original Bergischer Engel Jumping Jacks were the most successful items of their product...
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1930s Vobach (?): Swineherd with Pencil Lines

There is much paint wear so we can see the pencil lines. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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Little Lantern Dwarf: Original Bergischer Engel or Mertens-Kunst?

This little dwarf was really produced by Mertens-Kunst. At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold...
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1950s Graupner: “Little Cronicle of Graubele Fretwork Templates”

The most interesting part in this Graubele-Cronicle is this: Johannes Graupner started working in the fretwork template business in 1930....
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Lucky Find: GDR and Ore Mountain Collection with Dates

I love this collection, it helped me date GDR wood pictures more accurately. Before it I would have dated this...
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1950s EDELHOLZ FREIBERG (GDR) ☆ Advertising for Margarethe Edel

In 1952 this producer of fairy tale wood pictures still owned her own company. Later it was added to the...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Lisa Viertel and Erna Rath in their Studio

The name RA-VI comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. Lisa Viertel (left) was...
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60$ for THAT? On Cleaning Fairy Tale Wood Plaques

I once seeked advice on cleaning fairy tale wood plaques. Restauration expert Birgit Linnhoff has worked for years on preserving...
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Original & Copy: Snow White with the Longest Braid

The left one is the original by Mertens-Kunst. The other one (Edelholz Freiberg) was produced in the Ore Mountains, during...
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Ravi-Kunst: Lisa Viertel, Hamburg Office Buiding in Hopfensack 6

The name RA-VI comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. Lisa Viertel was the...
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Ilse Schneider: Many designs were created by her!

Ilse Schneider wrote and illustrated books about dwarfs and fairies. Many of her motives gave inspiration for wood hangings. This...
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1930s Hartmanns Laubsäge-Vorlagen:Hans in Luck with Gold Lump

More often than not Hans in Luck is shown with a goose or a pig. This is one of the...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Self Portrait of Magda Heller as a Doctor

In this design around 1950 Magda Hella has given the woman doctor her own face features.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Thumbelina in Walnut Shell

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood with much varnish. ("Ravi-Kunst Handarbeit M/18 Däumelinchen" - all stamps, no paper strip)
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1940s Hellerkunst: Sun Flower with Fairy and Bee

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. One of the Hellerkunst fairies, in this case a tiny bee sized fairy.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Sailor of the “S.S. United States”

Hand-painted on plywood, 18cm. Die USL "SS USA" was a Transatlantic Passenger Liner between New York and Europe from 1951...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Light Blue 7 Ravens Sister

Hand-painted on plywood. A wonderful early Hellerkunst highlight, one of my all time favorites. And look at the colors: I...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf on Mushroom without Ears

Fly agaric mushrooms are very popular, and this one is breathtaking! The mushroom is smiling and he is 50% of...
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1930s Münchner-Kunst: Boy with Dog on Checkered Base

Hand-painted on plywood. The checkered base is rather unusual for a German Wall Figures, but typical of early Muenchner-Kunst.
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1950s German Fretwork: Sick Hoerzu-Mecki with A Bottle of Rum

Mecki is the Hedgehog Mascot of vintage and current German TV Magazine Hoerzu. I don't know anything about the producer...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Single Handed Sailor Girl on Green Base

"This sailor girl is just great! And it's a girl for a change. And she's not melancholic but adventure seeking",...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Nils Holgersson Flying on Wild Goose

Early screen print, as beautiful as it gets!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: White Snowdrop Fairy

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and very very pretty!
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1960s Three Pinetrees G: Pittiplatsch of East German TV Sandman

Platsch means splash, so his English name could be Pittisplash. He was a TV character in the then GDR and...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Fairy Child on Autumn Leaf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 14cm height. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. It shows 12 beautiful motives...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Apple Snow White with Green Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish, 25cm. There is a very similar Mertens version with Snow White wearing a crown.
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1950s Kleur & Profiel: Spring Fairy in Light Blue Dress

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, very endearing. It belongs to the four seasons series by Ravi-Kunst.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Red Princess and the Pea

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with shining varnish. 21cm height.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst Hans in Luck in Dull War Colors

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Mary’s Child with Heaven’s Keys

A very rare motive belonging to a hardly known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It is one of the...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Polite Dwarf with Rat King

Hellerkunst stamped „Hoher Besuch“ on the back, translating to: „High Visitor“. A rat king? Or Nutcracker and Mouse King? But...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Goose Maid in Pink Ballon Skirt

I have only seen it in Mrs Gruner-Witkop's archive so far. Mrs Gruner Witkop was the founder and sole design...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Blue Hellerkunst Sunflower Mother

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. This is the softer and cuter version of the Hellerkunst sunflower mothers.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Creepy Lace Collar Mister Punch as Jumping Jack

Ravi-Kunst is always hand-painted, but this one is so perfect it seems to have been a special order. His history:...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Mother Holle with Bonnet and Feather Base

Mother Holle (also called Mother Hulda) is very often depicted with a pillow, but hardly with feathers, like here!
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1950s Kleur & Profiel: Little Boy Selling Balloons

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. I have only known of two Wooden Wall Figures depicting balloons, this is one...
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1930s Ilse Schneider: Thumbelina in Red Flower

Someone must have been protecting this wall figure all these years. I only know of this one item so far...
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1960s WEHA: Blond Rapunzel with Floor Long Braid

Early sceen print with added hand-painting. There are only a few designs of Rapunzel as German Wall Figure, this is...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Framed Freezing Winter Dwarf

This is a square wood picture by Hellerkunst and on its back someone wrote (believe it or not) a shopping...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Marching Drum Teddies on War Coardboard

Hand-painted on cardboard. Most producers of wall figures had problems getting high quality material during the 2nd World War. All...
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The Most TOUCHING Dedication of them all !

"For my little Reiner over his bed from your granny." [sic] That's the translation, and yes, there really are these...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Fairy Child with Cowslip Flower

Which is the most beautiful of them all? Sometimes I don't know which of the early Art DecoWall Figures I...
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1940s Hilla: Lover Pair in New Millenium

Vintage German wall figures in our modern enviornment. Hand-painted on plywood, thick paint layers, much varnish. Typical Hilla.
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1930s German Wall Figure: Solemn Hansel and Gretel with Flutter Skirt

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. It is a very unusual style I have not come across so far. Look...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Standing Single-Handed Sailor

There are two single handed sailors by Hellerkunst: One with waves, one without. This is the younger version with the...
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1940s Kleur & Profiel: Chef Dwarf with Birthday Cake

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. I am not absolutely sure it is Ravi-Kunst. Here the 4 that make...
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Muenchner-Kunst with Date: Checkered Tiles Cinderella of Christmas 1941

A date on the back of a antique wall figure is very valuable - it helps to tell when a...
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1930s German Wall Figure: Dutch Children with Guitar

Hand-painted on plywood. A very laborate wall figure. Look at the details of the clothes and the shadows!
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1940s Hellerkunst: Short Hair Angel with Golden Key

Height: 23cm. There is a newer version by Magda Heller's son, Ralf Heller. In that new version there is no...
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1930s German Wall Figure: Pink Rain Drop Fairy

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. What a beautiful highlight! Unfortunately I don't know the producer's name. The base is typical of...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Dancing Children in Bavarian Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 25cm. This wood picture belongs to a Hellerkunst series of German Cildren in traditional clothing, dirndl and...
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1930s Ilse Schneider: Colorful Hansel and Gretel with Polka Dots

In spite of the foreboding 1930s: Ilse Schneider's wall figures almost always came in bright colors, in good times and...
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1930s Niedersachsen: Hansel and Gretel with Scared Eyes

Every time had their very own Hansel and Gretel faces. Even before the beginning of the Second World War the...
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1940s Ilse Schneider: Snow White and Rose Red with Mean Dwarf

Hand-painted on 2,5mm plywood. With the mean dwarf, who never thanks the lovely girl for their help but keeps complaining...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Sleeping Beauty with Throne

This is a large and wide wall figure! We have throne and a pillow, too. In the 1970s Heller produced...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Beautiful Snow White Display by Elisabeth (USA)

A typical question about wall figures is: "What do you do with them?" Well, it’s in the name, you just...
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1940s RAVI-KUNST ☆ In Memory of Lisa Viertel, who died in June 2019 ✝️

With this beautiful and somewhat sad 1940er Golden Key Child I want to thank the wonderful artist of Ravi-Kunst, Lisa...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White with High Neck Dress and Green Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. After all this time - still one of the brightest wall figures with its sun yellow dress...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Elated Dwarf with Blue Flower

At first glance it seems to be a blue diamond, shining and making the dwarf so happy, but it's a...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Ravens Sister in Light Grey Dress

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. A beautiful and rare color scheme for the Seven Ravens by Mertens.
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German Wall Figures on the Go: 1940s Fairy in 2010s Berlin Adlon Café

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. It is most likely a copy of the original Hellerkunst Fairy on a Leaf. Only...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White in 2010s Café

The fine face features, the hair style, the yellow bodice with the wide dot dress - this is one of...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Sleeping Beauty

Hand-painted on plywood. Light blue with pink flowers - always a wonderful color scheme! And the gold of the tiny...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Blowflower Girl with Short Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. Very beautiful, reflecting the spirit of the time. Look at the base: Most wood hangings of...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Picture Frame with Ravi Jumping Jacks

All the jumping jacks by Ravi-Kunst had great quality! Each was hand-painted and had solid metal joints. I have not...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Fairy Child as Lucky Mushroom

Very rare, very enchanting. Hand-painted on wood and a wonderfully done copy, too. I had looked for it for years...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Early Hansel and Gretel with Tree Stump

The artist herself, Johanna Gruner-Witkop gave it to me for the Online Museum. Hand-painted on wood end of the 1940s....
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▶︎These Menu Points lead you to 1000 German Wall Figures

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
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1960s + 1970s Collection ✧ Kurt Suess VEB Meißen Dresden (GDR)

Look at the slim figures of the goose maids, the Golden Daughter (Mother Holle) and the Frog King: The are...
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GRAUPNER+HOBBY

Hobby-Art / at home craft applies to the thousands of boys and girls and sometimes their parents, too, who produced...
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▶︎German Wall Figures in the GDR

The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a lot...
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Others after 1945

Here you find among others: Ore Mountains and GDR, Original Bergischer Engel, Grossmann and Munchner Kunst und Handwerk.
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About Edelholz Freiberg (Ore Mountains)

The manufactury Edelholz Freiberg belonged to Margarethe Edel. The GRD government took it from the owner and made it a...
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ABOUT GRAUPNER ☆

Johannes Graupner was the creative mind behind "Graupner", also known as "Graubele". At the beginning, he had worked for "Cannstatter...
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🍄 Ebay.de-Shop: MAERCHENHOLZBILDER

Enter MAERCHEN-HOLZBILD in the Ebay-GERMANY-search for 500 results! Your purchase helps my project of establishing the digital heritage of the...
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HELLERKUNST = HELLER / since 1927

Hellerkunst was founded in 1927 by Magda and Georg Heller. They became famous for their lovely Wooden Fairy Tale Wall...
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MERTENS-KUNST (1936-2001)

The founder of Mertens-Kunst was Alfred Mertens, born in 1898. Later, Alfred Mertens' son led the manufactury and his sister...
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GALLERY

Here you find all the German Wall Figures of this website, more than 1000 different ones:
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RAVI-KUNST: (1941-1967)

Ravi-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1960ies manufacturer of German Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of Germany. The...
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