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Welcome to the Online Museum of German Wall Figures!

Once upon a time there was the era of Fairy Tale Wall Figures (1930s to 1970s) and it has almost been forgotten, even in Germany, where 99% of these Wood Figures were produced. I have started this Online Museum to preserve the beauty of this era on the World Wide Web.

So take a look at these wooden arts and craft treasures and maybe rekindle old lovely memories. If you see them for the first time, I wish you the felling of „Oh, how beautiful!“

Christiane Dietz

1930s Erika Bartels ✧ King Trushbeard with Haughty Princess (5)

Look at the princess’s short jacket: The long sleeves with the yellow silk lining, then the earrings and the thread...
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Frankfurt Toy Fair 1948 ✧ The Stall of Original Bergischer Engel (5)

This picture is such a treasure: You can see Johanna Witkop and her father, Josef Witkop. She was the founder...
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WAR TIME CHRISTMAS 1941 ✧ Munchner-Kinder-Wandbilder ✧ Cinderella on Checked Tiles

A date on the back of a antique wall figure is very valuable - it helps to tell when a...
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1950s Unknown Producer ✧ Mecki with a Cold and a Bottle of Rum (Hedgehog Mascot of TV Magazine Hoerzu) (5)

I don't know anything about the producer of this Mecki, too bad, because it is fantastic work! Look at the...
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1930s Handi ✧ Grumpy Apple Dwarf with Patched Up Hood

This is a great work by Handi. I have only known very simple designs of this producer so far. What...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Mother Holle with Frilly Bonnet and Heart Window

This is a beautiful Mother Holle, just look at the details: The shadows on the frilly bonnet, the red duvet...
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1940s Graubele Graupner ✧ Two Parts Christmas Tree with Star (8982)

A very early fretwork template by Graubele, later called Graupner. There were two fretwork pieces that had to be put...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Mary’s Child with the Heaven’s Keys (C/6)

A very rare motive belonging to a hardly known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It is one of the...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Dwarf on Smiling Fly Agaric Mushroom without Ears (Z/4)

Fly agaric mushrooms are very popular, and this one is breathtaking! The mushroom is smiling and he is 50% of...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Dwarf with Chef Hat and 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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Red Saint Mary and Baby Jesus with Halos

This is an unusual Mertens-Kunst item. The colors are very bright and thick and with a very shiny varnish. Plus...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Blue Snow Dwarf with Little Bunny

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Very beautiful and very rare. The tender protectiveness of the dwarf and the cold snow...
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1960s Drei Tannen ✧ Pittiplatsch der Liebe of GDR TV (5)

Platsch means splash, so his English name could be Pittisplash. He was a TV character in the then GDR and...
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This 1970s “Original Bergischer Engel” Dwarf was in fact produced by Mertens-Kunst

At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold to Mertens-Kunst. There was a short period where...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Mrs Gruner-Witkop in her Studio

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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1940s Unknown Producer ✧ Ms Eulenspiegel with Blond Hair Lock (Till Owlglass)

Hand-painted on wood, no varnish. This wall figure belongs to a collection, around 10 different motives by the same producer....
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1940s German Wall Figures ✧ Beautiful Mother Holle Display by Elisabeth (USA 2018)

Look at this beautiful arrangement! It is a Mother Holle by Graupner/Graubele and a Wrangell-Star Money Girl. The snow and...
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1920s Unknown Producer ✧ Dutch Children with Guitar and White Bonnet

An unusually early and elaborate wall figure. Look at the details and the shadows! Hand-painted on wood with varnish, very...
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1930s Graubele ✧ Tender Madonna Mother as Frame Craft Work (9302 in Catalog 1953)

Very rare and proof that there were hobby craft fretwork templates for this motive, too. The grey spotted areas had...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Nils Holgersson in Red Hoodie Dress (A/51 Luftige Reise)

This is one of the very first screen prints that Hellerkunst did. You can't see it here, but if you...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Dwarf with Thistle Bird

The thistle bird with a thistle - this design belongs to a series about birds. Their (German) names are depicted...
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1930s Unknown Producer ✧ Blond Sweep Boy with Red Scarf

Do you happen to know the manufacturer‘s name? It is undecipherable. It is high quality though, look at the details:...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Slim Yellow Snow White with Crown and Green Dwarf

Beautiful early Mertens, still Art Deco style, so simple yet effective with two shades of yellow and the two shades...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Seven Raven with Sister in Light Grey Dress

A beautiful and rare color scheme for the Seven Ravens by Mertens. Screen Print with added hand-painting, very rare.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Fairy Child “Glueckspilz” with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

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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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Creepy Red Blue 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 Mertens-Kunst ✧ Colorful Mother Holle with Orange Head Scarf and Snow Village

There ist an almost identical Mertens Mother Holle with blue head scarf, but I like this one more. Early Screen...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Summer Dwarf with Blue Flower and Ear of Grain (C52)

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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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Blue Sunflower Mother with her Baby

There is also a Hellerkunst Sunflower Mother in orange, both are beautiful. Hand-painted on wood and rare, a real museum...
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1930s Unknown Producer ✧ Earnest Hansel and Gretel with Flying Red 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 Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Large Colorful Hansel and Gretel with Tree Stump

Very rare, the artist herself, Johanna Gruner Witkop gave it to me for the Online Museum. Hand-painted on wood end...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Mother Holle with Bow Bonnet and Lots of Feathers

All Mother Holles have a pillow, but only this one has the feathers, too. Mrs Gruner-Witkop, the artist of Original...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Friendly Blue Max as Jumping Jack (Max and Moritz)

Hand-painted on wood thick thick colors and varnis. It is rather rare and very solid work, too. I have never...
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1950s Kleur en Profiel ✧ Happy Snow White Romping about with Dwarfs

There are only few fairy tale motives by Kleur en Profiel. The Dutch artist Jan Snelten had his very own...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Pink Goose Maid in Wide Ballon Skirt with Frills

Hand-painted with tempera paint and varnish. Very rare, I have only seen it in Mrs Gruner Witkop's archive so far....
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1960s Hellerkunst ✧ Bad Boy Moritz as Jumping Jack (Max and Moritz Wilhelm Busch)

Sceen printed Hellerkunst, with plastic links. A friendly and beautiful color scheme. The earlier Hellerkunst jumping jacks I know of...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Sleeping Beauty with Azur Blue Sleeve

This is one of Ravi's early wall figures. Enter "1960s Ravi-Kunst" in the search (top right) and you can compare...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Red Girl with Sun and Bellflower (“B38 Sonne”)

One of the very endearing children motives by Magda Heller. It is very rare and with intricate fretwork details. Hellerkunst...
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1930s Ilse Schneider ✧ Blue Dwarf under Fly Agaric Mushroom Umbrella with Root

A very unique wall figure, the torn out mushroom along with its root. Hand-painted on wood, with varnish, definitly a...
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1960s Unknown Producer ✧ White Flute Angel Sitting in Moon Crescent

Hand-painted on wood, with varnish. It is a beautiful wall figure with a harmonious color scheme, but I don't know...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pregnant Snow White with Longest Braid and Flower Dwarf

This is very old Mertens, hand-painted on wood. It is not too rare though, it seems to have been a...
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1930er Wrangell ✧ Red Frog King Princess on Blue Base

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Enchanting in its simplicity and beauty.
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1930s Wrangell ✧ Art Deco Hansel und Gretel with Gingerbread Cookies

Hand-painted on wood, a wonderful piece of work, one of my favorites. Look at the color scheme, too!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow Drop Fairy with Flower Hat

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and so beautiful. Look at the color scheme, the delicate face and the cute shoes....
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pale Hans in Luck with Red Stocking Cap (War time product)

During war years the material got scarce. Many Mertens-Kunst wall figures are missing the lacquering layer. That's why they are...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Dandelion Girl in Red Dress

Very rare and very beautiful, reflecting the spirit of the time. Look at the base: Most Mertens wall figures had...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Little Spring Fairy in Light Blue Dress (Seasons Series) (5)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, very endearing and very rare. It belongs to the four seasons series by Ravi-Kunst.
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1930s Unknown Producer ✧ Bad Snow White Queen with Magic Mirror

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. A very unusual motive, Snow White's evil stepmother with the mirror!
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1950er Hilla ✧ Blond Pied Piper of Hamelin with Three Rats (Mosel Collection)

A haptic joy, like all Hilla wall figures: Hand-painted on wood, thick layers of paint and varnish. This rat catcher...
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1940s Muenchner Kinder-Wandbilder ✧ Marching Drum Teddy Bears on Cardboard (Second World War)

Most producers of wall figures had problems getting high quality material during the 2nd World War. All quality material was...
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1930s Art Deco Hellerkunst ✧ Old Blue Flute Dwarf in Orange Shoes (Music Dwarf)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. There is a typical color scheme for most of the Hellerkunst music dwarfs: A basic...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ German Wall Figures on the Go: The most Beautiful Snow White

The fine face features, the hair style, the yellow bodice with the wide dot dress - this is one of...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Classic Sandman in Red Cape (BB10 Sandmännchen)

Sceen printed, but rather rare. This is not one of the typical German TV Sandmen - we have two of...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Fairy Flying on Autumn Leaf

This motive speaks of tenderness and lightness and freedom. It is hand-painted on wood with varnish and very rare.
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Litte Red Riding Hood with Open Brown Eyes

This Wall Figure is one of the very first by Mrs Gruner-Witkop shortly after the war. The wood that was...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Glad Blue Snow White Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushroom

Count the eyes! No joke, that really makes a big difference in German Wall Figures. Most are depicted in profile...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Yellow Apple Snow White with Green Dwarf without Crown

There is a second early Mertens Snow White in yellow and green with two tiny differences: Snow White is wearing...
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1930s Art Deco Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Fairy Child with Cowslip Flower (5)

Which is the most beautiful of them all? Sometimes I don't know which of the early Art Deco Mertens-Kunst Wall...
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1930s Muenchner-Kinder-Wandbilder ✧ Little Boy and his Dog on Checked Base

Hand-painted on wood with no or very matte varnish. The checked two colored base is rather unusual for a German...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Blond Girl with Red Bow and Bellflowers

Hand-painted on wood and rare. Look at the fine features, it is high quality work. I have only known this...
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1940s Unknown Producer ✧ Faded Dwarf with Bright Candle

Hand-painted on wood, no varnish. That could be a clue for its being a scarce material war time product (Second...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Huge Sun Flower with Fairy and Bee (5)

One of the Hellerkunst fairies, in this case a tiny bee sized fairy. Early screen print and rather rare.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Large Seven Miles Boots Boy on Yellow Base

Hand-painted on wood with lots of varnish - and thick colors, too. That was typical for products right after World...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Never produced Max and Moritz in a Bag

Mrs Gruner-Witkop was the sole artist of Original Bergischer Engel. She painted this sample in 1959 but it was never...
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1960s Weha ✧ Red Green Rapunzel with Floor Long Blond Braid (4)

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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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Slim Little Red Riding Hood on Brown Base

I tried to capture the wonderful haprics of this wall figure. The wood, the thick paint layer and shining varnsih......
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Spring Girl with Yellow Tulip (5)

A beautiful color scheme, the endearing motive and the movement of the scene - this wall figure is perfect in...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Puss in Boots with Red Vest and Yellow Eyes (5)

One of the white Puss in Boots by Mertens and so beautiful: Look at the color scheme! Look at the...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Hessian Dirndl Children with Sunflower

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. It is an early version of separate Hellerkunst dirndl children and rare. Look at the...
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1930s Ilse Schneider ✧ Light Blue 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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Sailor Collar Boy on Rocking Horse

Hand-painted on wood an very rare. The early Mertens-Kunst faces were indeed more earnest, which you can see on this...
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1930er Zaandijk ✧ Dutch Girl Carrying Flowers on Her Shoulder

Hand-painted on wood and rare. On the back it says: "Zaansch Zaandijk, Handschilder-Atelier, handgemalt". I have known of six motives...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst ✧ Weather Prophet Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

Very rare, hand-painted on wood, thick colors with varnish. Great color scheme with red, yellow and three shades of green....
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German Wall Figures on the Go ✧ 1940s Fairy Flying on a Leaf in Berlin Adlon 2018

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 Kleur en Profiel ✧ Little Boy with Colorful 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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1950s Hilla ✧ German Wall Figures in the New Century (Mosel Collection)

Vintage German wall figures in our modern enviornment.
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1950er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Happy Birthday Dwarf with Candle Cake

Very rare and beautiful. That is especially because of the candle light. There are only very few wall figures showing...
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HELLERKUNST (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 on, his children took over. Alfred Mertens' son led...
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WEITERE 1946-1980

Here you find among others: Ore Mountains and GDR, Original Bergischer Engel, Grossmann and Munchner Kunst und Handwerk.
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RAVI-KUNST

Ravi-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1960ies manufacturer of Wooden Fairy Tale Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of...
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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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GALLERY

Here you find all the German Wall Figures of this website, more than 1000 different ones:
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EBAY-SHOP

The two most frequently asked questions are: 1. How much are they worth? 2. Can I buy them from the...
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