▶︎About 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 of traditional folk art items such as wooden nutcrackers, small wooden angels and of course our Fairy Tale Wood Plaques. They copied a lot from other, western world manufacurers, especcially Heller Kunst and Mertens Kunst.

Some of the craft items were produced very beautifully, some were not. A few artists however seem to have found motives of their own.

1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Cinderella with Braid and Jug / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

I love this Cinderella by Edelholz Freiberg. I have not found this motive being done by any other manufactury. It...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Light Blue Stove Cinderella 21cm / Edelholz Freiberg

Hand-painted on several layers wood to make it more solid. I love the contrasting colors of light blue dress and...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Little Brother and Little Sister 18cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, a nice thick color layer. You see this version quite often, it was copied very...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Sleeping Beauty in Pink Coat Dress / Ore Mountains / WEHA

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1970s German Wall Figure ▶︎Little Red Riding Hood in Plaited Skirt / Ore Mountains (GDR)

Hand-painted on 3,5 mm-plywood. Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1970er Maerchen-Holzbild
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Mother Holle’s Good Daughter with Cloud / Edelholz Freiberg

There are other words for this girl: Good Daughter or Golden Mary. I like the the beautiful light colors and...
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1970s German Wall Figure ▶︎Frog King Princess with Décolleté 21cm / Ore Mountains

Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1970er Maerchen-Holzbild
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Red Frog King Princess with White Gloves / Ore Mountains

A rather unusual Frog King, the princess is wearing gloves and her dress reminds a bit of underwear. I like...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Frog King Princess in Brown Dress / Edelholz Freiberg

An elegant frog king princess! I have known this design with brown dress and with light blue dress! (GDR Wood...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Frilly Hand-painted Frog King Princess / 3 Pinetrees G

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Wonderful haptics, you can feel the paint layers. Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1950er Maerchen-Holzbild
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Stutting Puss in Boots with Yellow Cape

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood with varnish. I don't know this special (beautiful) style and I have no idea about the producer....
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Many Details Puss in Boots with Partridge / Kurt Suess

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. Very unusual too: Look at the many shadows! Normally, the DDR=GDR wall figures...
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1950er German Wall Figure ▶︎Naked White Puss in Boots / WEHA Ore Mountains

The WEHA letters are for "Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt) from the Ore Mountains. When the GDR took over, the owner...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hansel and Gretel with 3D Flower Witch House / Edelholz Freiberg

Very unusual! It has really got a second layer of plywood. I like the "huge" bell flowers in baby pink...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Hansel and Gretel with Shoulder Hand / Ore Mountains

01I have known two identic versions of this design, the first stamped on the back with "Edelholz Freiberg" and the...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Hansel and Gretel with Pointing Hand / GDR

I like this wood picture because it's an original idea of Edelholz Freiberg. In the 1960s and 1970s the GDR...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Cute Hans in Luck with Red Scarf / Ore Mountains

Here we see Hans in Luck as a child. On a different version by Edelholz Freiberg he is an adult....
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Little Boy with Ear Bouquet / Edelholz Freiberg

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. A Thanksgiving child, take a closer look at his bouquet! (DDR / GDR) Enter the...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Little Singers in Pink and Blue / 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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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎ Hand-painted Topper Hat Boy with Lucky Clover / Ore Mountains

Most likely an original Margarethe Edel design. Clever not to choose the black hat! Now it doesn't look too much...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Cute Snowball Boy / Ore Mountains

This is a copy of the 1930s Hellerkunst Winter Boy. Yes, it's a copy, but a good one. Still so...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Pink Cradle Child / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

Cradle wood pictures used to be popular back then. I've also known them by Mertens, Heller and Ravi. I love...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Candle Child in White Nightdress / Ore Mountains

This wooden wall figure got many likes on my Instagram account! It's a precious and rare motive by Edelholz Freiberg....
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Warning Candle Light Blue Flower Girl / Ore Mountains

I like the little-girls-series by Edelholz Freiberg. Margarethe Edel did copies of Mertens and Hellerkunst, but those cute little girls...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Little Haverman with Moon / Ore Mountains

Margarethe Edel is the woman behind Edelholz Freiberg. This wall figure has no name on the back, but they style...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Girl with Watering Can / Ore Mountains

One of the cute children wood pictures by Edelholz Freiberg. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1950er...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Garden Boy with Mint Apron / Ore Mountains

Many wood hangings depict children instead of fairy tales. Those were very popular, too. This little boy is hand-painted on...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Cute Little Red Riding Hood / Ore Mountains

One of the cutest Wolf Girls! I guess the design is by Margarethe Edel! Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search:...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Rumpelstiltskin with Mushrooms / Ore Mountains

Those very small fly agaric mushrooms / toadstools are typical of Edelholz Freiberg. Enter „Edelholz Freiberg“ in the search and...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Golden Rocket GDR Sandman / 3 Pinetrees G

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. The East German Little TV Sandman started 1959, the West German one, too. It was a rat...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted GDR Sandman in Grey Rocket / Ore Mountains

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. The GDR TV Sandman was invented in 1959, so this must be late 1950s. ("Edelholz...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Turquoise Proud Snow White / Ore Mountains

Someone who grew up in the GDR once told me this: Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, protesting in...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Snow White with Flower Veil / 3 Pinetrees G

Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1950er Maerchen-Holzbild (My Ebay.de-shop is called maerchenholzbilder)
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1950er German Wall Figure ▶︎White WEHA Snow White in Dwarf Circle / Ore Mountains

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Light Blue Star Money Girl / Ore Mountains

This seems to be one of the original designs my Margarethe Edel, I have not seen it by other designers...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Blue Star Money Girl with Yellow Coins / WEHA (Ore Mountains)

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Brave Little Tailor with Jam Bread / GDR

Hand-painted on plywood. ("152 / 5,25" --) Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1960er Maerchen-Holzbild (My Ebay.de-shop is called maerchenholzbilder)
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Brave Little Tailor with Scissiors / Ore Mountains

This version of the Brave Little Tailor sometimes has a different stamp with VEB Olbernhau. (DDR / GDR Toy) Enter...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Brave Little Tailor with Text Belt / WEHA (Ore Mountains)

It's a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The text says "I killed 7 at one go", not telling that it were...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Thumb Sucking Little Muck / Ore Mountains

This wall figure shows the Little Muck in almost toddler age, huge head, sucking his thumb. Very unusual. Hand-painted on...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Blond Rapunzel with Floor Long Braid / WEHA

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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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎The Little Muck with Town Base / WEHA (Ore Mountains)

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1950s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Max and Moritz with Shoe Bows / 3 Pinetrees G

I have never seen Max and Moritz (Bad Boys by Wilhelm Busch) with Bow Shoes before. This wall figure is...
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1960s German Wall Figure 18cm ▶︎Dwarf on Fly Agaric Toadstool / Kurt Suess

Dwarfs having a good time sitting on mushrooms - Ravi has them, Muenchner-Kunst, too, and Mertens! It always makes a...
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1960s German Wall Figure ▶︎Hand-painted Colorful Woodcutter Dwarf / Ore Mountains

This is a rare wall figure by Edelholz Freiberg. I have never seen this woodcutter before. The colors are very...
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