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Welcome to the Online Museum of German Wall Figures!

These Vintage German Wall Figures or Fairy Tale Wood Plaques 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.

Mission Statement: The era of German Wall Figures (1930s to 1970s) has almost been forgotten, even in Germany, where 99% of the Fairy Tale Wood Plaques were produced. I am working on preserving the beauty of this era on the World Wide Web.

Christiane Dietz

1940s Unknown Producer ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Short Trousers and Darf Witch

Very unusual what with the witch's dark skin and colorful hat. Great work, look at the children's eyes! I don't...
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1940s Unknown Producer ☆ Beautiful Golden Daughter with Balcony (Mother Holle)

It makes you think of Mother Holle, that's the first person who springs to mind. But it must be Mother...
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1930s Hellerkunst ☆ Rain Children with Red Cape and Big Umbrella

These beautiful rain children were hanging in the old nursery of Dr.Reiner Muehlbach (born in 1935), together with a whole...
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1940s Hellerkunst ☆ Large Sleeping Beauty with Throne and Blue Pillow

This is a large and wide wall figure! We have throne and a pillow, too. In the 1970s Heller produced...
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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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Single Handed Sailor Girl in Orange Dress (Wooden Wall Figure)

"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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow Frog King Princess with Wide Crown (Fairy Tale Wood Picture)

The Frog King Princesses by Mertens-Kunst came with different crowns. Even this very old yellow princess was available with a...
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1940s Hellerkunst ☆ Dwarf with Mouse King / Rat King (“Hoher Besuch“)

A very rare wall figure and hard to give a title to. Hellerkunst stamped „Hoher Besuch“ on the back, translating...
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1980s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Ravens in Modern Version (Fairy Tale Wood Picture)

This wall figure shows us how much the times have changed: Compare it to the Mertens 7 Ravens Sister in...
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1940s Hellerkunst ☆ Freezing Snow Dwarf with Broken Shoes (Square Wood Picture)

This is a square wood picture by Hellerkunst and on its back someone wrote (believe it or not) a shopping...
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1950s Hellerkunst ☆ Little Single Handed Sailor on Colorful Waves

There are two single handed sailors by Hellerkunst: One with waves, one without. This is the younger version with the...
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1930s Niedersachsen ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Scared Eyes (Fairy Tale Wood Picture)

Every time had their very own Hansel and Gretel faces. Even before the beginning of the Second World War the...
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1930s Erika Bartels ☆ King Trushbeard with Haughty Princess (Fairy Tale Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figures)

This picture is such a treasure: You can see Johanna Witkop and her father, Josef Witkop. She was the founder...
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Hellerkunst Snow White Display ✧ Created by Elisabeth from the 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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War Time Christmas 1941 ☆ Munchner-Kinder-Wandbilder ✧ Cinderella on Checked Tiles (Fairy Tale Wall Figure)

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 ✧ Hoer-Zu-Mecki with a Cold and a Bottle of Rum (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Fairy Tale Wall Figure)

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 (Fretwork Template)

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 (Fairy Tale Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

Platsch means splash, so his English name could be Pittisplash. He was a TV character in the then GDR and...
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Stamp: Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Producer: Mertens-Kunst

By 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 Till Owlglass with Blond Hair Lock (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 (Wooden Wall Figure)

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 Graupner (Graubele) ✧ Tender Madonna Mother as Frame Craft Work (9302)

The grey spotted areas had to be removed, that was the early technique of fretwork templates. This motive was running...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Nils Holgersson in Red Hoodie Dress (C97 Mandolino)

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 Wrangel ✧ 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)

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 Munchner-Kunst ✧ Marching Drum Teddys on Cardboard (2nd 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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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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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