HELLERKUNST (since 1927)

Hellerkunst was founded in 1927 by Magda and Georg Heller. They became famous for their lovely Wooden Fairy Tale Wall Figures. „Hellerkunst“ was later simply called „Heller“ and it does still exist, led by the founding couples’ grandchildren Jan Heller and Sabine Heller. Take a look at their website and find their wonderfully detailed history of „Hellerkunst“ that also includes pictures of the artist family, starting with Magda and Georg Heller: hampelmann-holz-mobile.de They still produce and also seem to produce special order items. Very tempting and promising for those who can afford it. Maybe next year …

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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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Dancing Crown Girl in Red Skirt / A21 Barfußprinzeßchen (5)

Many early Hellerkunst figures were very fragile: Only one small leg connects this dance girl with the base! Hand-painted on...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Blue Fairy Child Flying on A Leaf (5)

This motive speaks of tenderness and lightness and freedom. It is hand-painted on wood with varnish and very rare.
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Mary’s Child with the Heaven’s Keys (C/6) (5)

A very rare motive belonging to a hardly known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It is one of the...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Blue Snow Dwarf with Little Bunny (5)

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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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Red Sleeping Beauty on Thorn Base (5)

What a great idea,o make the base a thorn. Very beautiful, very rare. Hand-painted on wood. It was really expensive,...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Blue Sunflower Mother with her Baby (5)

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 Hellerkunst ✧ Early Large Goose Maid on Green Base (5)

Look at the base: The size and the color are very unusual! This is a Magda Heller masterpiece with the...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Yellow Candle Angel Cleaning a Star (4)

An engaging motive once you've got figured out what the angel is doing here. I like the beautiful color scheme...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Hans in Luck with Page Hair Cut on Green Base

The first Hans in Luck by Hellerkunst and rather rare. Hand-painted on wood with varnish.
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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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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Slim Seven Ravens Sister on Grey Base

There are two basic Hellerkunst versions of the Seven Ravens: The standing little sister and the kneeling little sister. Enter...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Red Seven Miles Boots Boy

This is a small kid on a large base. It is unusual to have a Hellerkunst wall figur being more...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Slim Little Red Riding Hood on Yellow Flower Meadow

This version with the yellow flower base is very rare. Hand-painted on wood with varnish. You have to check twice...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Eerie Witch with Green Bonnet (Hansel and Gretel)

This Hellerkunst witch is the most frightening one I know as far as wooden wall figures are concerned. It seems...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Girl with Story Telling Dwarf (“Once upon a time”)

Children love stories and they love loving people. Nothing has changed there. On this beautiful wall figure the dwarf seems...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Brunette Candle Girl in Red Dress (Candle Child) (5)

Beautiful simplicity. The extremely reduced color scheme, the young child's belly - this all adds to the fact that Hellerkunst...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Blond Art Deco Mother with Raised Child

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, very rare in this version. The motive mother with Baby / Madonna was quite popular...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Peter and Anneli in Night Shirts (Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon)

This is a beautiful color scheme with two shades of blue and yellow. It was very popular back then, there...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Slim Hansel and Gretel in four Blue Shades (5)

Very early Hellerkunst. Check out the blue base, the simplicity, the color scheme with different shades of blue. That is...
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1930er Hellerkunst ✧ Blond Star Money Girl with Three Stars (5)

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. This is one of the very first German Wall Figures I ever saw. Which is...
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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 Hellerkunst ✧ Goose Maid on Big Brown Base

At the beginning, the Hellerkunst wall figures were larger and also had a larger base. Hand-painted on wood with varnish.
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Thanksgiving Children in Orange Dresses (5)

The little girls with the huge Thanksgiving wreath - that adds to the beauty of this wall figure. Color schemes...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Hugging Little Brother and Little Sister

This is such a tender wall figure! And it is wondrous how Magda Hella managed to draw a slim silhouette...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Orange Snow White Dwarf with Lantern (4)

Naked and pointy knees - that's how you can summarize the specialty of the early Hellerkunst Snow White dwarfs. They...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Red Music Dwarf with Fiddle and Red Shoes (3)

The first Hellerkunst music dwarfs still remind of the Art Deco style. There were four instruments they came with: Flute,...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Snow White Dwarf with Blueberry (4)

Wieder einer der frühen Schneewittchen-Zwerge, ich sage nur: Nackte Beine mit spitzen Knien! Nein, auch die Blaubeere bzw. Heidelbeere muss...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Red Hoodie Dwarf with Blue Gentian

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. I love the simple color scheme and the fine lines of the gentian.
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Early Snow White with Put up Hair and Moved Dwarfs (4)

Look at the dwarfs on this very early Hellerkunst wall figure: The tender faces and body language speak volumes. They...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Blue Cinderella with Page Haircut

Normally, the early Hellerkunst wall figures have a brown base. This one is dark blue. And the haircut, too, is...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Large Blue Maid with Dwarf (“The Crown”)

The German Titel "Die Krone" is stated in the Hellerkunst catalog, but I don't know a fairy tale where a...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Blue Art Deco Music Dwarf with Flute and Orange Shoes

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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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Marveling Dwarf with Green Crystal Ball (5)

Untique Identifier: The cristal ball. This is the only Hellerkunst wall figure I have known so far having one. Look...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Girl with Red Cap on Giant Star

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. The star is made of two hues of yellow. The top color looks like...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ The Heller Family

On the right you see Magda Heller with one of her children. Georg Heller is on the left side, with...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Lantern Children in December (“Julmond”)

"Julmond" is an old fashioned German word for "December". These lantern children are beautiful and rare. Hand-painted on wood with...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Sowing Boy on Multicolored Base (5)

This kind of base, like a brown rainbow, is a nice touch because it enhances the kind of work this...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Brunette Loving Mother in Blue Coat Dress

I love the tender look of this mother. Hand-painted on wood and very rare. The base is thicker than usual.
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Slim Frog King Princess as Little Child

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. The frog princess is a very young child, you even see the protruding stomach of...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Cinderella at Her Mother’s Grave

The mother's grave is a rare Cinderella Scene on Wall Figures. Most of the time Cinderella is depicted with the...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ The Little Muck with Turban and Eerie Light

Look at the eerie green light! Magda Heller was an expert for this kind of light. Mostly on this Little...
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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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1940er Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Star Money Girl under a Pine Tree

This is a rare Hellerkunst Star Money Girl. The other ones don't have the pine tree. Hand-painted on wood with...
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Red Music Dwarf with Lute and White Shoes (5)

Again one of the music dwarfs by Hellerkunst. The early ones were Art Deco style and came with either Lute,...
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1940s HELLERKUNST Snow White and Rose Red with Giant Bear

Unique identifier: Not necessary, there only seems to be this one Hellerkunst design of Snow White and Rose Red.🌹
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1940s Hellerkunst ✧ Boy with Injured Finger at the Doctor’s Office

This could be a special order item for a doctor's office. Look at the interesting body language of the three!...
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1940s Art Deco HELLERKUNST Pied Piper of Hamelin Dancing on One Leg (Rat Catcher)

🇬🇧 This is a very special wall figure by Hellerkunst: For one thing, it's his elegance. Balancing on one leg,...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ The Wishing Table with Set Chicken Table (B/2)

The fairy tale "The Wishing Table" also tells about the Gold Ass and the Cudgel in the Sack, but I...
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1950s Hellerkunst ✧ Seven Ravens Sister on White Base

There are two basic Hellerkunst versions of the Seven Ravens: The standing little sister and the kneeling little sister. Enter...
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1950er Hellerkunst ✧ Kniender Zwerg mit Distelfink (B/26)

Der Distelfink zusammen mit einer Distel - dieses Motiv gehört zu einer Serie von Vögeln. Sie werden mit ihrem Namens-Zeichen...
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1950er Hellerkunst ✧ Nils Holgersson im roten Kapuzenmantel (A/51 Luftige Reise)

Die ersten Siebdruck-Versuche von Hellerkunst waren eher grob, man kann mit der Lupe eine Netzstruktur erkennen, allerdings nur auf dem...
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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 HELLERKUNST Sleeping Fairy under the Tree with Eerie Light

Once again, Magda Heller's eerie light made of yellow and light green!
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Magda Heller in one of the Hellerkunst Motives

🇬🇧 In this design around 1950 Magda Hella has given the woman doctor her own face features. (Picture of Magda...
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1950s HELLERKUNST Red Sleeping Beauty with Golden Shoes and Golden Crown

Later the color gold got replaced by yellow, not only on this motive.
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1960s Hellerkunst ✧ Kneeling Seven Ravens Sister

The kneeling 7 ravens sister, a beautiful motive designed by Magda Hellers son Ralf. Ralf Heller took over the business...
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1960s HELLERKUNST Till Owlglass with Red Fool’s Cap (Till Eulenspiegel)

These are the typical colors for Till Owlglass: Yellow, Red and Green. Screen Printed, not hand-painted anymore. There is a...
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1960s HELLERKUNST Red Orange Flower Dwarf in Un-Optimized Conditon

Very damaged and very happy. Seems all right for him! Maybe a haptic metaphor for out society which is so...
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1960s Hellerkunst ✧ Frog King Princess in Orange Dot Dress

This is an early version with both crowns and the ball painted with gold color. Later on they used the...
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HELLERKUNST 1950 * Wooden Christmas Card with Red Angel

WHAT AN ENDEARING IDEA, a hand-painted Christmas angel on a thin wood card. My guess is, the receivers loved them!
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1970s Hellerkunst ✧ Standing Headache Cinderella in Blue Blue Dress

This fairy tale wall figure shows the poor Cinderella, and suffering to boot. It is a screen print and rather...
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1950s HELLERKUNST Beloved Baby in Red Heart Cradle with Bellflower

🇬🇧 Unhappy Babies make fists. This one shows her fingers. The artist Magda Heller knew about these things. Hellerkunst is...
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1930s Hellerkunst ✧ Little Candle Boy in Overalls (Candle Child)

A candle looks beautiful even on a black and white photo! This one is from an old Hellerkunst catalogue. Hand-painted...
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HELLERKUNST in the Archive of the Dresden Folklore Museum

Dieses Archiv-Foto des Museums zeigt sehr viel HELLERKUNST, aber einige Motive sind nicht von HELLERKUNST! Gemeinsam ist diesen Märchen-Holzbildern jedoch...
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