HELLERKUNST = HELLER / 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 …

1950s Hellerkunst: Christmas Angel with Double Bass (A/33)

Screen-printed on 3 mm-plywood with additional hand-painting, 22cm height. This angel is part of a Hellerkunst series with Christmas figures....
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1940s Hellerkunst: Little Girl with Rake and Jug

Hand-painted on plywood. A very special work, and great colors.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Friendly Max Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. I like the Max and Moritz jumping jacks by Hellerkunst, they are so friendly. Especially with...
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1950s Hellerkunst: The Bremen Town Musicians

There are two versions I've known so far: With base and without base.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Crown Maid with Dwarf (“Die Krone”)

Hand-painted on plywood. The German Titel "Die Krone" is stated in the Hellerkunst catalog, but I don't know a fairy...
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NEW!! 1930s Hellerkunst: Flying Raven Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood, 17cm height. A very impressive motive, I didn't know of its existence until recently.
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NEW!! 1930s Hellerkunst: Dark Dwarf with High Mushroom Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 29cm. I like the high hat, you sometimes find them with Hellerkunst.
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NEW!! 1940s Hellerkunst: Bunny Protector Dwarf with Fox

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. This wall figure comes with and without the fox. I like to interpret the fox politically.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Light Blue 7 Ravens Sister

Hand-painted on plywood. A wonderful early Hellerkunst highlight, one of my all time favorites. And look at the colors: I...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Slim Frog King Princess

Hand-painted on plywood, 25cm. This frog princess is a very young child, you can even see the protruding stomach of...
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1930s Hellerkunst (?): Early Frog King Princess

Hand-painted on plywood, 27cm. I am not sure wheather or not it is Hellerkunst. Who can help here?
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1930s Hellerkunst: Page Cut Cinderella (19 cm)

Hand-painted on plywood. Virtual worlds make us yearn for beautiful haptics like this wood picture. With early wood hanger. (Art...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Blue Little Brother and Little Sister

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 29cm. The most tender Heller wood picture!
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1930s Hellerkunst: Witch with Green Bonnet

Hand-painted on plywood, 31cm. This Hellerkunst witch is the most frightening wood picture. (Hansel and Gretel.)
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1930s Hellerkunst: Hans in Luck with Page Cut

Hand-painted on plywood. On the back: "Hinkel & Kutschbach Nachf. Spielwaren-Haus Leipzig Petersstraße 36 Passage".
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1930s Hellerkunst: Flower Wreath Dance Children on Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. Beautyful color schmeme.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Sitting Little Sailor

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood, height 28cm. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. There is a similar Hellerkunst...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Blue Sunflower Mother

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood, 24cm. This is the softer and cuter version of the Hellerkunst sunflower mothers.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Fairy Tale Child with Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Children love stories. Nothing has changed there. On this beautiful wall figure the dwarf seems to tell...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Art Deco Mother with Raised Child

Hand-painted on plywood. The motive mother with Baby or Madonna was quite popular back then.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Little Bunny Girl

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to Hellerkunst’s Months Series. It shows 12 beautiful motives with children. (Ostermond=April)
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1930s Hellerkunst: Hessian Children in Traditional Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. This is an early version of separate Hellerkunst children in folk art dresses. On the back: "Catelina...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Girls with Harvest Wreath

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. (Ernting=August)
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1930s Hellerkunst: Rain Children with Umbrella

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. Once it belonged to the nursery...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Dancing Hessian Children

Hand-painted on plywood, 20cm. This wood picture belongs to a series of dancing children in tractional clothes. Most of them...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Dancing Children in Bavarian Clothes

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This wood picture belongs to a Hellerkunst series of German Cildren in traditional clothing, dirndl and everything!
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1930s Hellerkunst: Orange Sunflower Mother

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is the more solemn version of the Hellerkunst sunflower mothers.
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1930s Hellerkunst: December Children Walking with Lanterns

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. It shows 12 beautiful motives with children....
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1930s Hellerkunst: Winter Children with Christmas Tree

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the most endearing wall figures! These Christmas Children are walking though the snow with warm...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Little Sowboy on Earth Base

Hand-painted on plywood. This Wood Picture belongs to Hellerkunst’s Months Series. It shows 12 beautiful motives with children. Here we...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Brunette Mother in Coat Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. I love the tender look of this mother along with the warm yellow of her dress and...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Short Hair

Hand-painted on plywood. This is the early version of Peter and Annelie. Both have short hair.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Star Girl with Red Cap

Hand-painted on plywood, 22cm. The star is made of two hues of yellow. The top color looks like very thin...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Sleeping Beauty on Thorn Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. What a great idea, to make the base a thorn. Very beautyful. With early wooden hanger.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Slim Little Red Riding Hood

Hand-painted on plywood. About the picture: I tried to capture the wonderful haptics of this wall figure. The wood, the...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Sandman Sleeping in Moon

Hand-painted on plywood. Why is this an enchanting wall figure even though this dwarf isn’t exactly pretty with his almost...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Slim Snow White with Put Up Hair

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the dwarfs on this very early Hellerkunst wall figure: The tender faces and body language...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Candle Holder with Polishing Angel

Hand-painted on plywood. An engaging motive once you've got figured out that the angel is polishing the star. I like...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Slim Hansel and Gretel

Hand-painted on plywood. Very early Hellerkunst, Art DĂ©co style.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Fiddle Dwarf with Naked Legs

Hand-painted on plywood. The first Hellerkunst music dwarfs still remind of the Art Deco style. There were four instruments they...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Gentian Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. I love the simple color scheme and the fine lines of the gentian.
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1930s Hellerkunst: Flute Dwarf with Naked Legs

Hand-painted on plywood. There is a typical color scheme for most of the Hellerkunst music dwarfs: A basic color in...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Crystal Ball Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood, both sides. The crystal ball is shining thanks to a few white strokes and different shades of...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Antique Double Bass Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. There is also a version with open eyes and less red nosed. He is obviously smitten and...
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1930s Hellerkunst: Sign Post to Castle Falkenstein

Few people know that Hellerkunst also did special order work, for example huge "wall figures" used for shop window decoration....
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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: Ball Dress Cinderella

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.Most wood pictures show the poor Cinderella. Here we have an exception, Cinderella the soon to be queen!...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Large Sleeping Beauty with Throne

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. In later years Heller produced a smaller version, without the pillow.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Fairy Child on Leaf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 14cm. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. It shows 12 beautiful motives with...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Sunflower Fairy with Bee

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. One of the Hellerkunst fairies, in this case a tiny bee sized fairy. On the back:...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Golden Key Angel with Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. There is a newer version by Magda Heller's son, Ralf Heller. In that new version there...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Yellow Bellflower Angels

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to the famous Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck with 14 protecting angels. A...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Red Angel with Christmas Tree

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. One of the few Christmas motives by Hellerkunst. ("AM/8 Dezember")
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1940s Hellerkunst: Large Holy Family with Baby Jesus

Hand-painted on thick plywood. (Christmas Mary Joseph)
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1940s Hellerkunst: Goose Girl on Brown Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 31cm. At the beginning, the Hellerkunst wall figures were larger and also had a larger base.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Hansel and Gretel with Red Apron

Hand-painted on plywood. The 1930s Hellerkunst Hansel and Gretel came in many shades of blue. This later version added a...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Dancing Barefoot Princess

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. Many early Hellerkunst figures were very fragile: Only one small leg connects this dance girl with...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Potty Training with Fashion Mum

Hand-painted on plywood. Late 1940s. My guess is that this is one of the special order items which Hellerkunst did....
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1940s Hellerkunst: Standing Single-Handed Sailor

Hand-painted on plywood. ("AM/7 September") There are two single handed sailors by Hellerkunst: One with waves, one without. This is...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Sitting Cradle Child

Hand-painted on plywood. ("B/14 Morgen") Hellerkunst produced several cradle children, some of them sitting, most of them lying, some with...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Dancing May Children with Flower Wreath

"BM/1 Mai", 22cm. This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. The yellow wreath is a beautiful contrast...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Water Lily Baby with Dwarf

"Das Wunder" means "the miracle", an apt name for this beautiful wood picture. (B/35 Das Wunder)
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1940s Hellerkunst: Visit at the Doctor’s Office

Hand-painted on plywood. This could be a special order item for a pediatrician's waiting room. Look at the interesting body...
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1940s Hellerkunst: June Children with Fawn

Hand-painted on plywood. ("BM/2 Juni") This wood picture belongs to the months series by Hellerkunst. It shows 12 beautiful motives...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Lying Cradle Child with Yellow Cap

Hellerkunst produced several Cradle Children, some of them sitting, most of them lying, some with canopy, some without. This one...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Cloud Sailors with Yellow Flag

Who knows the story that goes with this wall figure? I'd really like to know!
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1940s Hellerkunst: Pied Piper of Hamelin on One Leg

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a very special wall figure by Hellerkunst: For one thing, it's his elegance. Balancing on...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Rumpelstiltskin in the Fire

Hand-painted on plywood, 27cm. (Rumplestiltskin / Rumple in the TV series Once)
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1940s Hellerkunst: Little Muck with Green Light

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the eerie green light! Magda Heller was an expert for this kind of light. Mostly...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Polite Dwarf with Rat King

Hand-painted on plywood. Hellerkunst stamped „Hoher Besuch“ on the back, translating to: „High Visitor“. A rat king? Or Nutcracker and...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Freezing Snow Dwarf on Square Picture

Hand-painted on thick plywood. This is a square wood picture by Hellerkunst and on its back someone actually wrote a...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Lute Dwarf with Naked Legs

Hand-painted on plywood. The early music dwarfs came in Art Deco style with either Lute, Flute, Fiddle or Double Bass....
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1940s Hellerkunst: Blue Snow Dwarf with Bunny

Hand-painted on plywood. The tender protectiveness of the dwarf and the cold snow tell a story of their own. An...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Bunny Dwarf as Easter Rider

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and rare. I like the round hat, I have only known of only a few dwarfs with...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Nightingale Dwarf on Blossom Branch

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to a Hellerkunst series of dwarfs and bird. The name of the bird...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Lantern Dwarf with Hidden Eyes

Hand-painted on plywood. ("LeuchtmĂ€nnlein") A classic Hellerkunst dwarf, it comes with and without eyes 😃: In this second version the...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Walking Tulip Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. The lines of the flower are so fluent and elegant - that's what I like about this...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Bunny Race with Grim Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. I would really like to know the title of this wall figure, but it’s not on the...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Squirrel Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at those two, they are communicating, the dwarf telling something or pointing.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Grain Bundle Dwarf

Enlarge the photo! My guess is, this wood picture was gnawed at, most likely by a happy mouse!
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1940s Hellerkunst: Wagtail Dwarf on Water Base

This wood picture belongs to a dwarf series depicting the German names of birds. The wagtail's German name "Bachstelze" includes...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Dwarf with Green Eyed Lambs

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the eyes of the lambs! Magda Heller sometimes used this beautiful light shade of green.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Pipe Dwarf under Mushroom

There are two versions of this wood picture: With base and withoud base. This is the earlier one.
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1940s Hellerkunst: Little Muck on Wide Base

Screen-printed on 4mm-plywood. Height: 23cm. The Little Muck is a fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff. This is a wonderful wood...
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1940s Hellerkunst: Angels with Heaven’s Blanket

Hand-painted on plywood. The faces of the angel children, the colors - this is breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you, Magda Heller!...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Kneeling Cinderella with Braided Hair

Hand-painted on plywood. There are two kneeling version by Hellerkunst, the first one was very solemn (enter "page cut" in...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Little Brother and Little Sister

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. This is an unusual version of this fairy tale with the Little Sister having short hair.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Sleeping Pinetree Fairy

Hand-painted on plywood. Once again, Magda Heller's eerie light green light.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Angels with Hovering Stars (Date 1958)

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. This is one of the rare Christmas Wallfigures by Hellerkunst. Look at the beautiful hovering stars!
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1951 Hellerkunst: Wooden Angel Postcard

Hand-painted on plywood, 15cm. What an endearing idea, hand-painted Christmas Card made of wood! I bet those who were lucky...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Large Cradle with Angels

Screen-printed on plywood. The height is 46cm, so it's really huge. This wood picture belongs to the famous Evening Prayer...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Frog King Princess with Mullein

"B/22 Königskerze", 22cm. Maybe it's supposed to be the Frog King Princess, maybe not. She has the crown and the...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Puss in Boots with Tricorne

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 24cm. I love his elegant bow and the pink ears.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Self Portrait of Magda Heller as Pediatrician

In this wood picture around 1950 Magda Hella has given the woman doctor her own face features. Compare the arms...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Doll Mother under Star Tree

Hand-painted on plywood. This wood picture belongs to the times of the day series by Hellerkunst. ("Abend")
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1950s Hellerkunst: Lying Cradle Child with Flower

Hellerkunst produced several Cradle Children, some of them sitting, most of them lying, some with canopy, some without. This child...
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1950er Hellerkunst: Striding Pied Piper of Hamelin

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 29cm. There is an older Hellerkunst Rat Catcher dancing on one leg. It's an old German...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf

Hand-painted on plywood. This wide wood picture is much more elaborate than the old slim version without the wolf.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Screen-Printed 7 Ravens Sister

Screen printed on 4mm-plywood. This wall figure has a great impact with the red and the black of the ravens.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Wishing Table with Chicken

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: Nils Holgersson Flying on Wild Goose

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 16cm. ("Luftige Reise")
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1950s Hellerkunst: Mary’s Child with Heaven’s Keys

Hand-painted on plywood. A very rare motive belonging to a hardly known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It is...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Princess and Swineherd

Hand-painted on plywood. The Swineherd is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. You won't find it on fairy tale...
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1950s Hellerkunst: Kneeling Dwarf with Bird

A beautiful rare motive. It belongs to a dwarf series with birds and bird's names and their symbols.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Back Basket Dwarf with Mushroom Hat

There is also a younger version of this motive where the base is lost.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Book Dwarf with Red Cape

The feather is the weakest part of this wood dwarf, more often than not it broke off. ("R/41 Buchzwerglein")
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1950s Hellerkunst: Chaffinch Dwarf with Book

This wood picture belongs to the dwarfs and birds series.
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1950s Hellerkunst: Dwarf with Ice Blue Eyes

Hellerkunst produced many jumping jacks. This is one of the older ones. I like the color scheme - red, light...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Sleeping Beauty in Flower Dress

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 21cm. Later the color gold got replaced by yellow. Look at the details, the red in...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Blessing Yellow Cradle Angels

This wall figure belongs to the famous Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck with 14 protecting angels. A line in the...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Kneeling Yellow Cradle Angels

This wood picture belongs to the famous Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck with 14 protecting angels. A line in the...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Pointing Yellow Cradle Angels

Height: 21cm. "... two to whom 'tis given, to guide my steps to heaven", this is what Humperdinck wrote in...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Frog King Princess with Raised Skirt

("Hellerkunst R/2 Froschprinzeßchen") This is an early version with both crowns and the ball painted with gold color. Later on...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Hans in Luck Waving his Hat

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 25cm. I have known of three different Hans in Luck versions by Hellerkunst, all of them with...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with May Beetle

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This is the younger version, with the may beetle. The older version shows Peter and Annelie both...
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1960s Hellerkunst: 7 Miles Boots Boy without Base

This is the latest Heller version of the Seven Miles Boots I’ve known of. It is still marked „Hellerkunst“ -...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Till Owlglass without Base

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. These are the typical colors for Till Owlglass: Yellow, red and green. There is a nice movement...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Lute Dwarf made of Plastic

One of the plastic figures by Hellerkunst. It was a trial at changing the material. Hellerkunst AP/12 Lautenspieler Lute Player...
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1960s Hellerkunst: Double Bass Dwarf with Trousers

Enter „Hellerkunst Music Dwarf“ in the search, then you can compare the eyes! Those of this modern music dwarf by...
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1970s Hellerkunst: Headache Cinderella (27cm)

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This fairy tale wood picture shows the poor Cinderella. Maybe she has a headache.
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1970s Hellerkunst: Little Brother and Little Sister made of Plastic

Höhe: 20cm. With these plastic pictures Heller tried to make a material change, but it did not work out. "Hellerkunst...
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1970s Hellerkunst: Key Angel without Base

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. (Cowslip) ("HELLER R/26 HimmelsschlĂŒssel / Made in Western Germany")
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1970s Hellerkunst: Goose Maid without Base

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 26cm. (Goose Girl)
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