WEITERE 1946-1980

Here you find among others: Ore Mountains and GDR, Original Bergischer Engel, Grossmann and Munchner Kunst und Handwerk.

1960s Drei Tannen ✧ Pittiplatsch der liebe (TV in the GDR)

Platsch means splash, so his English name could be Pittisplash. He was a TV character in the then GDR and...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel * Very Shocked Frog King Princess

Look at the long face and the round mouth! The artist, Mrs.Gruner-Witkop (90 in November 2018) told me, that some...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Litte Red Riding Hood with Brown Eyes

This Wall Figure is one of the very first by Mrs Gruner-Witkop shortly after the war. The wood that was...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel * Large Colorful Hansel and Gretel with Tree Stump

Very rare, the artist herself, Johanna Gruner Witkop gave it to me for the Online Museum. Hand-painted on wood end...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel * Blond Little Red Riding Hood with Blue Eyes

THE STAMP ON THE BACK TELLS YOU about an early Original Bergischer Engel item. Later they used the red-white stickers...
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1940s Kleur en Profiel (?) ✧ Little Girl with Huge School Bag

I love this wall figure - the little school girl with her braids and thick socks and the large school...
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1940s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL The very First Goose Maid

🇬🇧 This is a wall figure of the very first collection of Original Bergischer Engel. Mrs Gruner-Witkop, the founder and...
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1940s ~Edelholz Freiberg * Little Hawelmann with Cot and Moon

Margarethe Edel is the woman behind Edelholz Freiberg. This wall figure has no name on the back, but they style...
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1940s IRMSCHER FIGUREN (?) Hiking Dwarf on Flower Base

This dwarf is made of unusually thick wood: 5 layers instead of three, adding up to 0,5cm. the normal thickness...
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Original Bergischer Engel (1946 bis 1967)

This is Johanna (Gruner) Witkop around the time where she founded "Original Bergischer Engel". She had been only 18 at...
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1950s EDELHOLZ FREIBERG Cinderella with Blond Braid and Jug

🇬🇧 I love this Cinderella by Edelholz Freiberg. I have not found this motive being done by any other manufactury....
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1950s Pastel Colored Mother Holle’s Golden Daughter with Snow Pine Tree

A typical Mother Holle motive. The unusual thing about this one is the winter forest pine and that there is...
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1950s EDELHOLZ FREIBERG Angel-like Red Candle Girl

There is a similar design by Mertens-Kunst. My guess is that Mrs Edel copied this nice work from Mertens. The...
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1950s Grossmann * Blue Goose Maid with Fence and Meadow

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, rather rare. Grossmann has existed for almost 50 years. They do not produce any more...
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1950s Münchner-Kunst * Hansel and Red Dress Gretel on Gingerbread Base

There are several versions of Hansel and Gretel on Gingerbread Base by Munchner-Kunst. I have seen about 5 variations so...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg / Ore Mountains * Star Money Girl in White and Turquoise Dress

Both are hand-painted on wood with varnish. Both have a nice simple color scheme and are quite rare. Well done,...
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1950s GDR / VEB Dresden-Meißen * Puss in Boots with Partridge and Cast Shaddow

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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1950s Unknown Producer ✧ Green Doll Mother with White Cradle

This is quality work but there is no producer stamp on the back. Hand-painted on wood in an unusual style...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg * Little Brother and Little Sister with Pine Trees and Fly Agaric Mushrooms

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 ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Umbrella Dwarf from Pediatrician’s Waiting Room

This fairy tale wood plaque belonged to a pediatrician's waiting room. Her stamps are on the back.
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg * Little Singer Girls in Powder Pink and Light Blue Dresses

The manufactury Edelholz Freiberg belonged to Margarethe Edel. The GRD government took it from the owner and made it a...
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1950s Drei Tannen G (Ore Mountains ) ✧ Colorful Max and Moritz with Bow Shoes

I have never seen Max and Moritz (Bad Boys by Wilhelm Busch) with Bow Shoes before. This wall figure is...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel * Pink Goose Maid in Wide Ballon Skirt with Frills

Hand-painted with tempera paint and varnish. Very rare, I have only seen it in Mrs Gruner Witkop's archive so far....
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1950s Münchner-Kunst * Hansel and Green Dress Gretel on Gingerbread Base

THERE ARE VERY FEW WALL FIGURES with Christmas themes, but here you've got the gingerbread cookies, typical of German Christmas....
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel * Mother Holle with Bow Bonnet and Lots of Feathers

All Mother Holles have a pillow, but only this one has the feathers, too. Mrs Gruner-Witkop, the artist of Original...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Frog King Princess with White High Collar

When I visited Mrs.Gruner-Witkop in summer 2017 I had the chance to take pictures of her archive wood plaques. She...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Little Muck as Thumb Sucking Child

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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1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Blue Sailor with Red Polka Dot Bag

This beautiful Sailor was a gift of its designer, Mrs.Gruner-Witkop, to my husband, who is a single handed sailor. He...
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1950s Münchner-Kunst ✧ Yellow Frog King Princess on Red Cloud Base

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, wonderful haptics due to thick paint layers and thick wood, 0,5 cm. Rare with luminous...
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1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Frog King Princess with Veil and Pastel Colors

I got this one as a present from the artist herself when I had the honor of visiting Frau Gruner-Witkop...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Never produced Max and Moritz in a Bag (Wilhelm Busch)

Mrs Gruner-Witkop was the sole artist of Original Bergischer Engel. She painted this sample in 1959 but it was never...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Mrs Gruner-Witkop in her Studio

All the 1950s products of Original Bergischer Engel were hand-painted. First it were little angels, later on wall figures and...
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1950s WEHA Flower Wreath Sleeping Beauty in Pink Coat Dress

WEHA is for "Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt)
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1950s WEHA Naked Puss in Boots with Mean Green Eyes

WEHA Stands for"Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt)
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1950s WEHA The Brave Little Tailor with his Murder Text Belt

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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⭐️ About Edelholz Freiberg

🇬🇧 The manufactury Edelholz Freiberg belonged to Margarethe Edel. The GRD government took it from the owner and made it...
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The Founder and sole Artist of “Original Bergischer Engel” Johanna Gruner Witkop (Born 1928)

🇬🇧 Starting a manufacturing business right after World War II, that was very different from today. Winter 1945/46 was very...
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1940s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL White Miniature Angel with Gold Crown and Bird

🇬🇧 In the very first years (from late 1945) this manufactury produced little angel figures. That is why the word...
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1970s Original Bergischer Engel (Mertens-Kunst) ✧ Small Fly Agaric Mushroom Dwarf with Lantern

At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold to Mertens-Kunst. There was a short period where...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Standing Cinderella with Red Cap

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. On the back you see the stamp of the first years, later there...
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1960s Original Bergischer Engel ✧ Sitting Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

This cute wall figure is screen printed on wood and rather rare. Mrs Gruner-Witkop, the sole designer of this manufactory,...
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1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Red Frog King Princess in Wide Flower Skirt

🇬🇧 On the back you will see first attempts at screen printing. The front however shows thick layers of paint...
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1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Dirndl Goose Girl with Finger at her Mouth

🇬🇧 The artist herself gave me this wall figure, it is hand-painted on wood done very nicely, too. Johanna Gruner-Witkop...
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Wiki / 1960s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Dotted Umbrella Dwarf with so many Stamps

This fairy tale wood plaque belonged to a pediatrician’s waiting room. Her stamps are on the back.
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1950er / 1960s Münchner-Kunst * Red Pied Piper of Hamelin on Meadow Base and Heart Base (Rat Catcher)

LOOK AT THE LARGE FLOWER BASE, that started the shift of Münchner Kinder-Wandbilder to Münchner Kunst&Handwerk. The wall figures became...
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1950s Münchner-Kunst und Handwerk * Mother Holle’s Golden Daughter with Polka Dots and Heart Base

How do you paint the snow on the village and on the pillow? Enlarge the picture, then it becomes clear!...
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1970s MÜNCHNER KUNST U. HANDWERK Blue Sandman with Cradle on Red Heart Base

🇬🇧 A classic sandman. Hand-painted on wood, beautiful colors. Not too rare.
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1950s Muenchner Kunst und Handwerk * Puss in Boots with Bag on Heart Base

Hand-painted on wood with thin varnish, the third an last generation of Munchner-Kunst. The size shrinked a lot compared to...
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1950s Münchner-Kunst * Hansel and Gretel with Gingerbread Cookies on Meadow Base

THIS IS MIDDLE-AGED MÜNCHNER-KUNST. The old one had more elaborated meadow base and no varnish. Enter "1940s Munchner" in the...
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1950s MÜNCHNER KINDER-WANDBILDER Large Frog King Princess on Blue Heart Base (on very thick wood!)

🇬🇧 This wall figure is still 0,5 cm thick like all the wall figures by Münchner Kinder-Wandbilder. But it also...
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1950s Münchner-Kunst und Handwerk * White Star Money Girl on Blue Heart Base

Handgemalt auf Holz mit Firnis und eher selten, eine der späteren Serien der Münchner-Kunst.
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German Wall Figures in a 1950s German toy catalogue

As Mrs. Gruner-Witkop had told me, the ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Jumping Jacks were the most successful items of the product...
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1960s Weha ✦ Red Green Rapunzel with Floor Long Blond Braid

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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1950s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL The Seven Swabians

The Swabians is a Brothers Grimm story. 7 Men want to be brave, but they get so much frightened of...
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1970s ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL (Mertens-Kunst) Star Hoodie Sandman

🇬🇧This wall figure was most likely already produced by Mertens-Kunst who had bought Original Bergischer Engel in the late 1960s.
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Visiting Dresden and the Ore Mountains in Summer 2017 / Are they still producing Fairy Tale Wall Figures there?

I was lucky to have made a wonderful new friend in 2017. Brigitte is very interested in art (talented, too!)...
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The most touching DEDICATION of them all!

You find the translation below, and yes, there really are these endearing grammar mistakes which I put into the translation...
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1950s Kleur en Profiel ✧ Little Boy with Colorful Balloons

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. I have only known of two Wooden Wall Figures depicting balloons, this is one...
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1950s Kleur en Profiel * Happy Snow White Romping about with Dwarfs

There are only few fairy tale motives by Kleur en Profiel. The Dutch artist Jan Snelten (1909-1976) had his very...
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Searching information about ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL: This is how I succeeded!

How do you find information about a manufactory that produced their last Wall Figure roughly 40 years ago? I got...
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1950s Unknown Producer * Big Orange Hans in Luck with Beanie

It might be Kleur en Profiel. I know a similar version with different colors, it is this Hans in Luck...
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⭐️ Producer GDR

🇬🇧 The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a...
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ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Toy Fair Nuremberg 1966

Which is the most famous Toy Fair in Germany? Most likely it’s the Nuremberg Toy Fair, taking place once a...
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About “Original Bergischer Engel”

The manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel produced both Fairy Tale Wall Figures and Jumping Jacks, all made of wood. The production...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel * Sweep Girl with Lucky Clover as Jumping Jack

This ORIGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL Jumping Jack Sweep Girl was sent by me back to its designer Mrs.Gruner-Witkop in Solingen-Wald, where...
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Summer 2017 Germany Trip looking for Vintage Wall Figures / Are there any in the Dresden Folkart Museum?

My Dresden friend Brigitte had arranged an appointment it the Dresden Folkart Museum, its proper name being: „Museum für Sächsische...
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