3. Early Mertens-Kunst

Here you’ll find Mertens-Kunst wall figures from the 1930s and 1940s.

1930s Mertens-Kunst: Star Money Girl with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. She looks so aetherial and angellike. The artist behind this wonderful wood picture is most likely...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Colorful Walking Little Red Riding Hood ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A very colorful Little Red Riding Hood, it was produced just after the 2nd World War when...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Naked Puss in Boots with Gun

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Early Mertens-Kunst, the only naked Puss in Boots I know of. Great design, great work! (Märchen Holz...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst Thumbelina in Yellow Dress ♡ German Wall Figure Antique Toy Wood Picture

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. One of the most endearing Mertens-Kunst. There is also a beautiful version with...
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Mertens-Kunst: Walking War Time Little Red Riding Hood (Dated 1943)

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 24 cm. A typical Mertens-Kunst wall figure of the 2nd World War. Mertens-Kunst had severe problems...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco 7 Ravens with Short Dress

Early Mertens-Kunst. Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the delicate movement of this wall figure! And it's somewhat sad. (7 Ravens)
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Bitten Goose Maid on Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I love the bright colors here! Colorful bases very often equal beautiful at Mertens-Kunst. Fairy Tale Wood...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Beautiful Hansel and Gretel on Yellow Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An explosion of color: Just after the 2nd World War that's what Mertens-Kunst made! Quality material was...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Hansel+Gretel with Black Bodice

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Attributes: Holland Shoes, Short Trousers, Apron, Fly Agaric Mushrooms, White Blouse. Fairy Tale Wood Picture.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst Brunhild Schlotter Goose Maid ♡ German Wall Figure Wood Plaque

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood, 25cm height. I guess that in the 1930s Brunhild Schlotter had worked for Alfred Mertens. The similar...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: White Candle Girl

A breathtakingly tender color scheme with white, light blue and yellow. The girl looks like an angel at first sight,...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst Pechmarie with Red Belt ♡ Antique Hand-painted German Wood Picture

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A wonderful color scheme with black and orange. Brother Grimm's Mother Holle/Hulda with the Good Girl (Golden...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Watering Can Dwarf with Large Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An explosion of color: Just after the 2nd World War that's what Mertens-Kunst produced! Quality material was...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Ravens with Longest Braid

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Height: 25cm. Early Mertens, extremely beautiful. Look at the details! (7 Ravens, Brunhild Schlotter, Art Deco)
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Snow White with Flower Wreath

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood. Flowers in her hair, flowers in her hand and flowers to her feet. This early Mertens-Kunst...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Gutach Baerbele Girl in Traditional Clothes

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.This wood picture belongs to a Mertens-Kunst series about tradtional German clothes. (Alfred Mertens)
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Boy in Traditional Black Forest Clothes

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This wood picture belongs to a Mertens-Kunst series about tradtional German clothes. (Alfred Mertens)
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1940s Mertens-Kunst War Time Little Brother and Little Sister ♡ Hand-painted German Wall Figure

Hand-painted on plywood. Marterial was scarce during the 2nd World War. Here the lacquering layer is missing.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Doll Mother in Yellow Dress

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood, 17 cm height. The doll mothers by Mertens-Kunst were very popular and they changed a lot...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Cowslip Fairy Child

Which is the most beautiful of them all? Sometimes I don't know which of the early Art Deco Wall Figures...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood in Light Blue Dress

Hand-painted on plywood, 22cm. A beautiful early Mertens-Kunst wall figure. Later, in the year wars, the colors became less luminious....
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Till Owlglass with Long Hood

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood, 25 cm. Again, an early Mertens highlight! Very early work, very much motion, you can feel...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Rose Red with Flower Wreath

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood. (Snow-White and Rose-Red, Brunhild Schlotter)
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Mother with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. Look at the communication between mother and child. This is the most tender Mertens-Kunst wall figure....
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Seven Ravens Sister with Hair Braid

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I love the color scheme and the serenity of this wood picture.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Round Base Dwarf with Lantern

One of the highlights of early German Wall Figures. Hand-painted, dainty, a motive in movement. Be very careful if you...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Fairy Child as Snowdrop Flower

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. One of the early Mertens-Kunst Art Deco Highlights! (Brunhild Schlotter?)
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Romper Suit

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This design is unique among the Little Peter wood pictures. It’s kept simple with simplicity’s full impact:...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Shouting Snail Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood. How do you communicate with a snail almost your own size? He seems to be shouting,...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Bunny Girl in Winter Costume

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Height: 21 cm. An absolute early Mertens-Kunst highlight
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Thumbelina with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 18cm. One of the early Mertens-Kunst masterpieces. I guess that in the 1930s Brünhild(e) Schlötter had worked...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Fairy Child as Lucky Mushroom

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Height: 22 cm. Very enchanting. I had looked for it for years and could finally order it...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Yellow Key Fairy

Hand-painted on plywood, 20cm. A beautiful and rare color scheme.
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Fariy Like Rumpelstiltskin ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

Hand-painted on plywood, 30cm. Such a beautiful green! I also like the contrasting yellow sleeves. Very early Mertens-Kunst - much...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Star Money Girl with Highest Star

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. 20 cm height. Unique identifier of this version: She's holding the star way over her head's height....
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Kneeling Star Money Girl

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 9cm. A very dainty early Mertens-Kunst work. You will find those white puffy sleeves on other early...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Ravens with Golden Hair Band

AHeight: 26 cm. Hand-painted on plywood. The artist might well be Brunhild Schlotter. Compare the fine features!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Large Soap Bubble Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 30cm. An unusually large wall figure by Mertens-Kunst. There is a second soap bubble dwarf by Mertens-Kunst.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Edelweiss Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. I like the color scheme of red and orange. The edelweiss is painted very accurately and...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Ski Girl on Snow Base

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood, 21 cm height. A beautiful early work. The artist who created this design knew a lot...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Red Polka Dot Goose Girl

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the colors! They are so beautiful here!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Princess and the Pea

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. One of those gorgeous products right after the 2nd World War.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Dwarf with Floor Length Cap

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 13 cm height. I guess that in the 1930s Brünhild(e) Schlötter had worked for Alfred Mertens. The...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Gold Mary with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A wonderful color scheme with light blue, yellow and a bit red. It's the fairy tale about...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Frog King with Frame

Hand-painted on plywood, 17cm. I love the color scheme with lots of white and a little red.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Dwarfs as Flower Vase

These beautiful pictures were made by Andrea from Swabia, which is a beautiful region of south Germany. She created this...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Hobby Horse Boy with Sailor Collar

Hand-painted on wood an very rare. The early Mertens-Kunst faces were indeed more earnest, which you can see on this...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Rat Catcher in Red Overalls

The early Mertens-Kunst Pied Pipers were very elegant and slim and very art deco. Here you also see the reduced...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Candle Angel as Christmas Tree Decoration

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Faces are hard to paint, and this one is so beautiful! The detailed Pixie Cut and the...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Pitch Mary Touching Her Face

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. Brothers Grimm's Mother Holle / Hulda. One of the early Mertens-Kunst masterpieces. (Pitchen Mary)
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Early Mother Holle on a Cloud

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. The Mother Holle Fairy Tale includes the Good and the Lazy Daughter. In German, it’s Frau Holle...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Apple Snow White with Green Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 25cm. There is a similar Mertens version with a crown instead of the apple.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: War Time Little Red Riding Hood with Flowers

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. Mertens-Kunst couldn't order quaility plywood during the 2nd World War as easily as before. That meant:...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Antique Singer Dwarf in Tights

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Most of the early Mertens-Kunst dwarfs had naked or knubbly knees, like here.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Stone Dwarf with Fiddle and Orange Trousers

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Orange is a color that Mertens-Kunst did not use very often. Here it is part of a...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Yellow Frog Princess with Wide Crown

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. The Frog King Princesses by Mertens-Kunst came with different crowns. Even this very old Frog King princess...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Early Sandman (Pre-West-TV-Sandmaennchen)

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. Only later on did Mertens-Kunst produce the West-TV Little Sandman. But that did not air before...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Early Brave Little Tailor

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. There is a later screen-printed version where he carries the scissors over his shoulder.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Yellow Frog King Princess with Princess Crown

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Here we go again: Early Mertens equals beautiful most of the time. Very simple and very enchanting.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Little Brother and Sister

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Most of the first motives by Mertens had solemn faces and were simple. Simply beautiful!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Flute Fairy

Hand-painted on plywood, 28cm. Look at her wide shoes: They are typical of early Mertens-Kunst. ("No10 Floetengnom")
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Haughty Yellow Frog Princess

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A funny motive, but maybe it was not very popular, you don't see it so often.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Kissing Little Brother and Little Sister

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 15cm height. The most tender wall figure of them all with a just a little retreating enchanted...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: War Time Cinderella in Dull Colors

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Cinderella in Working Shoes

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This girl is unusually earnest und the neck doves’s position is unusual as well.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Pink Sleeping Beauty with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. Early Mertens-Kunst had very long hair! This beautiful Sleeping Beauty version came in red and powder...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Pink Sleeping Beauty with Flower Crown

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. I have known of seven differnt Sleeping Beauties by Mertens-Kunst so far. Three are wearing pink...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Sleeping Beauty in Salmon Striped Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An explosion of color: That's what happened to Mertens-Kunst right after the 2nd World War. Quality material...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Frog King Princess with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Many of the most enchanting wall figures were produced by Mertens-Kunst, and here you see again, why!...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Frog King Princess with Double Puffy Sleeves

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. One of the smaller Frog King versions. Look at the details, she's so pretty!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Frog King Princess with Ermine Collar

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. There's only one wood picture with an ermine collar I have found so far.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Pale Little War Time Goose Maid

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is one of the pale wood pictures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel with Leather Pants

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. The colors are dull, if you compare them to the bright colors Hansel and Gretel versions right...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Bad Witch in Dull War Colors

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is one of many pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Thumbelina in Wall Nut Sail Boat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. "This sailor girl is just great! And it's a girl for a change. And she's not melancholic...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Night Watch Child with Stocking Cap

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. One of my favorites with the fine face features, the orange red color scheme and the naked...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Night Watch Child with Blue Cap

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 26cm. I love the colors and the fine lines! Look at his delicate face! He seems...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Slim Little Red Riding Hood with Yellow Basket

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. "Nr. 16 Rotkaeppchen".
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Little Red Riding Hood with Flying Braids

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An explosion of color: Just after the 2nd World War that's what Mertens-Kunst produced! Quality material was...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: All Red Little Red Riding Hood with Black Bow

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with bright colors but matte varnish. I like the black bow and the basket with the cake....
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Shy Little Red Riding Hood with White Ribbons

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Unique identifier of this Little Red Riding Hood: The White Hair Ribbons.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Yellow Snow White with High Collar

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. After all this time - still one of the brightest wall figures with its sun yellow dress...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Most Beautiful Snow White

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 24cm. This is the Snow White of the White-Yellow-Dress-Series with the most details, adding to its beauty....
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White with Longest Braid and Dwarfs

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. The motive was very popular, and other manufacturers copied it! This is how you spot a copy:...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Dwarf Group with Floor Long Stocking Caps

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Black is a hard color, but it makes this wall figure more interesting. In the long run...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful 7 Miles Boots on Yellow Base

Hand-painted on wood with lots of varnish - and thick colors, too. That was typical for products right after World...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Slim 7 Ravens Sister in Yellow Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. So simple and beautiful with a striking color scheme.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Seven Ravens on Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Look at the raven she's holding! Look at how he looks at you. So beautiful!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Red Princess and the Pea

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with shining varnish, 21cm. So simple and endearing. It's one of those colorful German wall figures right...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Kneeling Fairy Child with Musroom Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Toadstools have always been popular guests wall figures, sometimes they even were a big part of the...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Yellow Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Here we have a Mertens-Kunst masterpiece with simple but great details: Look at the color shades and...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Birthday Dwarf without Presents

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. So beautiful! That is especially because of the candle light. There are only very few wall figures...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Lucky Clover Dwarf in Pale Colors (War Product)

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Slim Grey Cinderella with Red Apron

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. There are many different Mertens-Kunst Cinderellas, many of them even have the same number. ("A70 Aschenbroedel")
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Cute Cinderella in Blue Vest

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. There is a similar Mertens version with Cinderella raising her apron, only with red vest and red...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Kneeling Yellow Dwarf with Ladybug

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A very loving scene. The tender dwarf reminds me of Albert Schweitzer's words: "I am life that...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Red Mandrake Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. It says Alraune on the back, which is mandrake in English. Still I don't get why this...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Cute Goose Girl on Wide Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I wonder who had bought this wood picture in the first place? Maybe a rich aunt for...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Child Snow White with Toddler’s Belly

Hand-painted on plywood, 18cm. A "Kindchenschmema" wall figure. Google it, it's a thing!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Rumpelstiltskin in Pale Colors (War Product)

Hand-painted on plywood, 19cm. Quality was missing during the war years. The layers of paint got thinner. But the base...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Snow Tree Dwarf with Squirrel

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting.
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