6. Late RAVI-Kunst

RAVI-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1960ies manufacturer of German Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of Germany. The artist’s name was Lisa Viertel – she designed all the wood pictures and jumping jacks. Besides the Wall Plaques there were also very lovely jumping jack items being produced in not more than two decades. Ravi-Kunst came up with many motives that you do not find among Hellerkunst or Mertens Kunst items, for example a weather prophet dwarf with a huge toadstool hat. RAVI-Kunst produced from 1941 to 1967. On this page you’ll find the products from Lisa Viertel’s early designs without the white paper stripe with the title on the back. Many of them also don’t have the stamp with the juggling dwarf on the back anymore.

RAVI-Kunst: 1950s Jumping Jack “Teddy Baer”

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. (Pull Figure Zug Figur Antique Toy Antik Spielzeug Polka Dots Cute Niedlich)
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RAVI-Kunst: 1950s Mister Punch Jumping Jack “Schelm”

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. (Pull Toy German Wall Figure Rogue Kinderzimmer Deko Junge Decor Boy)
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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Star Cape Sand Man

Hand-painted on plywood. 24 cm height. (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Plaque Hans Christian Anderesen Märchen Holz Bild Wand...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1960s Pink Sleeping Beauty

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 22 cm. (Vintage Nursery Decor Brothers Grimm Princess Girl Crown Mädchen Prinzessin Krone)
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1950s RAVI-Kunst Sitting Stove Cinderella ♡ Vintage Nursery Decoration Wood Picture

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Solid thick colors, that's what I love about Ravi-Kunst! One of the Cinderella series with...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst Little Muck ♡ Hand-painted Vintage German Hamburg Wood Picture

Hand-painted on plywood. The large eyes became popular from the 1960s onwards. Unfortunately, RAVI-Kunst did not make it into the...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Fly Agaric Mushroom Dwarfs

Hand-painted on plywood. Heigt: 13cm. This is a part of a RAVI-Kunst key hanger.
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Blue Lute Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 22 cm.
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RAVI-Kunst: 1950s Sleeping Beauty in Red Dress ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. I love Lisa Viertel's layer look. You can tell she was a tailor, too!
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Cheeky Blond Jumping Jack Girl

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. This wood figure reminds of happy girls in the fifties or sixties. The war years were...
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RAVI-Kunst: 1960s Studio in Hamburg Office Buiding (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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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Duckling with Umbrella

Hand-painted on plywood. This wall figure belongs to the „cute animals“ - many manufacturers produced some of those. Look at...
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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Light Blue Lantern Dwarf

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. Usually Ravi used 3mm-plywood.
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Cinderella on Wide Base

Hand-painted on plywood. Again the red brick stones, adding to the vivid color scheme. This wood picture was meant for...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Little Brother and Little Sister with Braids

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Red, yellow and light blue are a pretty color scheme, add the fresh green and you have...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Mother Holle with Brick Stone Window

Hand-painted on plywood. Once again, the red brick stones, adding some color to this Mother Holle design. You also find...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Mother Holle’s Gold Mary at Golden Gate

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. What I like about RAVI-Kunst is that they sometimes show unusual details or scenes of the...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel with Witch

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 23 cm. Look at Gretel's colors: They are bright yet soft. I like that and the...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Snow White with Kneeling Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. This is not the only RAVI-Kunst Snow White! I have seen about 10 different versions so far.
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: 7 Miles Boy on Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mmm-plywood with lots of varnish. This is rather early Ravi-Kunst. You can see the juggling dwarf on the...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Brave Little Tailor without Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-quality-plywood. The huge scissors are perfectly painted! Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale, KHM 20.
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Struwwelpeter with Belt Fingers

Hand-painted on plywood. The classic Struwwelpeter in Ravi-Kunst style. (Shock Headed Peter // Heinrich Hoffmann).
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Hans Look in the Air

Hand-painted on plywood. There are a couple of wall figures of the Struwwelpeter himself, but rarely any of the other...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Large Sleep Dwarf with Toadstool

Hand-painted on plywood. You do not really see it here, but this is a rather large wood picture by Ravi-Kunst.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Boy Rocking Horse Boy

Hand-painted on plywood. You can divide the motives of the children's wood pictures era in "fairy tale/no fairy tale". It's...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Big Head

Hand-pained on 3mm-plywood. ("Ravi-Kunst Handgemalt Hamburg" / Only one stamp, no paper stripe)
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: 7 Miles Boots Boy without Base

Hand-painted on 3mmm-plywood. Polka dot accessories became popular from the 1950s, especially those with fly agaric mushroom colors like this...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Kneeling Cinderella without Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is a beautiful light blue / dark blue color scheme, completed with Cinderella's blond hair. The...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Red Hair Sleeping Beauty without Base

Hand-painted on plywood. In the 1960s childlike facial features appeared on many fairy tale wood pictures. That meant a bigger...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst Frog King Princess in Dot Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Everything by Ravi-Kunst was handmade in Germany.
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Red Goose Girl without Base

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the great success wall figures were the red-blue goose girls. First with, later without base....
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Puss in Boots with Yellow Tunic

Again the larger heads starting from the 1960s (childlike facial features, called Kindchenschema in Germany, and yes, it is a...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Hans in Luck without Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. From the 1960s onwards there was a tendency to show the faces on fairy tale wood...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Pinetree Girl with Flower

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. There are two pinetree girls by Ravi: One with a flower, one with a bunny. They are...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood in Holland Shoes

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a very unique identifier: I only know of one Little Red Riding Hood in Holland...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Star Money Girl

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. ("M/6 Sterntaler star-thaler" / Stamp only)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Gold Ass with Kneeling Boy

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. (The Wishing Table)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Max and Moritz on One Leg

Hand-painted on plywood. (Wilhelm Busch)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Blue Dwarf Jumping Jack with Belt Axe

Hand-painted on wood with thick colors and much varnish. The title „Wichtelmaennchen“ means a cute dwarf, but this cute dwarf...
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