▶︎About Fairy Tale Wood Pictures 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ▶︎Light Blue Stove Cinderella 21cm / Hand-painted / 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ▶︎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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ▶︎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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ▶︎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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Red Frog King Princess with White Gloves / Ore Mountains (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Frog King Princess in Brown Dress / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Frog King with Golden Ball Princess / Drei Tannen (Ore Mountains)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Strutting Puss in Boots in Yellow Cape 22cm / Hand-painted / Unknown Producer

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Puss in Boots with Partridge / VEB Dresden-Meissen (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ White and Naked 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Hansel and Gretel with 3D Witch House / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Shoulder Hand / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Pointing Hand 23cm / Edelholz Freiberg (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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Hans in Luck with Red Scarf / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Little Boy with Ear Bouquet / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Pictures ☆ Little Singer Girls in Pink and Blue / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Happy New Year Boy with Cylinder Hat / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Little Boy on Snowball Base / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Cradle Child with Pink Canopy / 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Warning Candle Child in White Nightshirt / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Light Blue Bouquet Girl with Golden Hair Band / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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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1940s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Little Haverman with Moon Bed / Edelholz Freiberg

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Watering Can Girl with Red Head Scarf / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Gardening Boy with Mint Apron / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Pied Piper of Hamelin / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

My first guess was Seven Miles Boots, but his boots are not accentuated and he has the flute. And is...
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1960s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Cute Little Red Riding Hood on Bow Base 21cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Red Rumpelstiltskin with Fly Agaric Mushrooms / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

Those very small fly agaric mushrooms / toadstools are typical of Edelholz Freiberg. Enter „Edelholz Freiberg“ in the search and...
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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Golden Rocket GDR Sandman / Drei Tannen (Ore Mountains / GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Rocket Sandman in Red-Grey 15cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Brave Striding Snow White in Turquoise Dress 21cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

Someone who grew up in the GDR once told me this: Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, protesting in...
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1950er Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ White Snow White in Colorful Dwarf Circle / 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Light Blue Star Money Girl with Pinetrees 21cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ 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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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Brave Litte Tailor with Jam Sandwich 16cm / Ore Mountains (GDR)

Hand-painted on plywood. ("152 / 5,25" --) Enter the following in the Ebay.de-search: 1950er Maerchen-Holzbild
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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Brave Little Tailor with Big Scissors 22cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

This version of the Brave Little Tailor sometimes has a different stamp with VEB Olbernhau. (DDR / GDR Toy) Enter...
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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ The Brave Little Tailor with Murder 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Little Muck as Thumb Sucking Child 20cm / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Blond Rapunzel with Floor Long Braid / WEHA (Ore Mountains)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ The Little Muck with Magic Slippers and 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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Colorful Max + Moritz with Shoe Bows / Drei Tannen (Ore Mountains)

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 Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Dwarf on Fly Agaric Toadstool 18cm / 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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1950s Fairy Tale Wood Picture ☆ Woodcutter Dwarf with Tree Stump / Edelholz Freiberg (GDR)

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