3. Early Mertens-Kunst

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

1940s Mertens-Kunst: Delicate Cinderella in Balloon Skirt / Hand-Painted 23 cm

Details: Brothers Grimm Fine Lines Blond Braid Hair Do White Blouse Puffy Sleeves Side Painting (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Large Weather Prophet Dwarf / Hand-Painted 30 cm

Details: Umbrella Frog Beautiful German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Decoration Plywood Vintage Nursery Decor Old
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Red Rat Catcher / Pied Piper of Hamelin / Hand-Painted 29 cm

Details: Black Cape Rats Bum Bag Art Deco German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Decoration Plywood...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Seven Miles Boots on Yellow Base / Hand-Painted 24 cm

Hand-painted on wood with lots of varnish - and thick colors, too. That was typical for products right after World...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Hans in Luck on Brown Base / Hand-Painted

Details: Fine Face Features Brothers Grimm German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Decoration Plywood Vintage Nursery...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Flute Gnome / Hand-Painted 25 cm

Details: Stone Edelweis Boulder Dwarf (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Old)
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Mertens-Kunst (?): 1930s Hans in Luck with Piglet / Hand-Painted 23 cm

Details: 6-mm-Plywood!! Copy? Template? Pig Brothers Grimm Pig (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Standing Pink Sleeping Beauty with Flower Crown / Hand-Painted 23 cm

Details: Brothers Grimm Endearing Pink Flower Dress German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Decor...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Star Money Girl with Waterfall Hair (Bruenhild Schloetter) / Hand-Painted 21 cm

Details: Aetherial Angellike Angel Artist Brothers Grimm German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Decor...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Bright Post War Rumpelstiltskin / Hand-Painted 18 cm

Details: Colorful Peace Brothers Grimm Dance Rumplestiltskin Rumple (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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Mertens-Kunst (?): 1930s Star Money Girl as Table Card Holder / Hand-Painted 5 cm height

With additional side painting. 5,5 cm height. Is it really from Alfred Mertens' manufactory? Who can help here? Details: Brothers...
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Mertens-Kunst (?): 1930s Mini Little Red Riding Hood / Hand-Painted 5 cm

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. Is it really from Alfred Mertens' manufactory? Who can help here? Details: Brothers...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Pretty Little Red Riding Hood with Hair Bow / 19 cm / Hand-Painted

Details: White Ribbons Yellow Puffy Sleeves Brothers Grimm Shy (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Romper Suit / Hand-Painted

Here looking to the right. Details: Unique Simplicity Impact Yellow Light-Blue Endearing (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Colorful Walking Little Red Riding Hood / Hand-Painted

A very colorful Little Red Riding Hood, it was produced just after the 2nd World War when quality material was...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Naked Puss in Boots with Gun / Hand-Painted

Early Mertens-Kunst, the only naked Puss in Boots I know of. Great design, great work! Details: White Cat Red Boots...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Sail Boat Thumbelina in Yellow Dress / Hand-Painted

With additional side painting. One of the most endearing Mertens-Kunst. There is also a beautiful version with orange dress. I...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Snow White with Snail Cap Dwarf / Hand-Painted

With additional side painting. Details: Brothers Grimm Gnome Cute Hair Bow Yellow (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Brave Little Tailor in Red Sweater / Screen-Printed + Hand-Painting

Details: Brothers Grimm Flared Trousers Giant Scissors Pointed Hat (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Mertens-Kunst: Walking Little Red Riding Hood // Dated 1943 // war product

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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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Seven Ravens with Short Dress / Hand-Painted

Early Mertens-Kunst. Look at the delicate movement of this wall figure! And it's somewhat sad. Details: Brothers Grimm Art Deco...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Bitten Goose Maid on Green Base / Hand-Painted

I love the bright colors here! Colorful bases very often equal beautiful at Mertens-Kunst. (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Hansel and Gretel with Suspender Hand / 21 cm / Hand-Painted

An explosion of color: Just after the 2nd World War that's what Mertens-Kunst made! Quality material was available again, the...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Hansel+Gretel with Black Bodice / Hand-Painted

Attributes: Holland Shoes, Short Trousers, Apron, Fly Agaric Mushrooms, White Blouse. (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique...
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Mertens-Kunst : 1930s Bruenhild Schloetter Goose Maid / 25 cm / Hand-Painted

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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1960 Muenchner-Kunst: Tiny Hansel, Gretel and Witch

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 11cm. These belong to the tiny fairy tales series by Muenchner-Kunst.
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s White Art Deco Candle Girl / Hand-Painted

A breathtakingly tender color scheme with white, light blue and yellow. The girl looks like an angel at first sight,...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Brunhild Schlotter Pitchen Mary with Red Belt / Hand-Painted

A wonderful color scheme with black and orange. Brother Grimm's Mother Holle/Hulda with the Good Girl (Golden Mary) and the...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s “Flower Friend” Dwarf with Yellow Hat / Hand-Painted

An explosion of color: Just after the 2nd World War that's what Mertens-Kunst produced! Quality material was available again, the...
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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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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Bruenhild Schloetter Snow White with Flower Wreath / Hand-Painted

Flowers in her hair, flowers in her hand and flowers to her feet. This early Mertens-Kunst wood picture didn't do...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Gutach Baerbele Girl in Traditional Clothes / Hand-Painted

This wood picture belongs to a Mertens-Kunst series about tradtional German clothes. So beautiful! Look at the transparent bonnet front!...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Boy in Traditional Black Forest Clothes / Hand-Painted

This wood picture belongs to a Mertens-Kunst series about tradtional German clothes. (Alfred Mertens) (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Little Brother and Little Sister // war product

Hand-painted on plywood. Marterial was scarce during the 2nd World War. Here the lacquering layer is missing.
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Pram Doll Mother in Yellow Dress / 17 cm / Hand-Painted

The doll mothers by Mertens-Kunst were very popular and they changed a lot over the 5 decades of their production....
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Art Deco Fairy Child with Cowslip / Hand-Painted

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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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Little Red Riding Hood in Light Blue Dress / 22 cm / Hand-Painted

A beautiful early Mertens-Kunst wall figure. Later, in the year wars, the colors became less luminious. This one has thick...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Art Deco Till Owlglass with Long Hood / 25 cm / Hand-Painted

Again, an early Mertens highlight! Very early work, very much motion, you can feel him walk. And that elegance and...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Bruenhild Schloetter Rose Red with Flower Wreath / Hand-Painted

Details: Art Deco Snow White and Rose Red Brothers Grimm (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Brunhild Schloetter Mother with Waterfall Hair / 20 cm / Hand-Painted

Look at the communication between mother and child. This is the most tender Mertens-Kunst wall figure. I guess that in...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Seven Ravens Sister with Hair Braid / Hand-Painted

I love the color scheme and the serenity of this wood picture. (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Delicate Round Base Dwarf with Lantern / Hand-Painted

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

One of the early Mertens-Kunst Art Deco Highlights! (Brunhild Schlotter?) (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Shouting Snail Dwarf / Hand-Painted

How do you communicate with a snail almost your own size? He seems to be shouting, but we’ll never know!...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Bunny Girl in Winter Costume / 21 cm / Hand-Painted

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Height: 21 cm. An absolute early Mertens-Kunst highlight. Details: Beautiful Tailor Work Masterpiece Alfred Mertens Manufacturer (German...
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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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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Fairy Child as Lucky Mushroom / 22 cm / Handgemalt

Very enchanting. I had looked for it for years and could finally order it from the USA where it had...
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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 / 30 cm / Hand-Painted

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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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Star Money Girl with Highest Star / 20 cm / Hand-Painted

Unique identifier of this version: She's holding the star way over her head's height. A beautiful color scheme that works...
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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Kneeling Star Money Girl / 9 cm / Hand-Painted

A very dainty early Mertens-Kunst work. You will find those white puffy sleeves on other early Mertens-Kunst, too. Somehow you...
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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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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Pretty Ski Girl on White Base / 21 cm / Handgemalt

A beautiful early work. The artist who created this design knew a lot about skiing, look at the details! (German...
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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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Mertens-Kunst: 1930s Hobby Horse Boy with Sailor Collar / Hand-Painted

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: Standing Little Red Riding Hood // war product

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: Cinderella in Dull Colors // war product

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: 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 Goose Maid // war product

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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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s Post War Hans in Luck on Green Base / Hand-Painted

Details: End 1940s Colorful Brothers Grimm German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Antique Toy Fretwork Decoration Plywood Vintage Nursery...
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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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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1940s Little Red Riding Hood on Wide Base / Hand-Painted

Grossmann Reit im Winkl started their business with hand-painting, at the beginning with larger figures like this one, too. Later...
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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: 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: 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 with Flower

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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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s 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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Mertens-Kunst: 1940s 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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