MERTENS-KUNST (1936-2001)

The founder of Mertens-Kunst was Alfred Mertens, born in 1898. Later, Alfred Mertens’ son led the manufactury and his sister Ute Mertens (1937-1996) became the artist from the 1960s. Mertens-Kunst produced until the 1990s. Bino.de currently sells wood toys and it carries the last Mertens-Kunst Logo and “Mertens GmbH” on their website. Wall figures are not being produced by “Mertens” anymore. The last ones were printed around 1990.

Gallery of Mertens – Kunst

NEW!! 1960s Mertens-Kunst: Little Sandman with Red Cape

Screen-printed on 3 mm-plywood with additional hand-painting. Height: 22 cm. This was one of the last Mertens-Kunst Sandman designs. Later...
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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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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Mother Holle’s Pitch Mary with Downcast Eyes

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Mother with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. Still the Art Deco style of the 1920s. Look at the communication between mother and child....
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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: Black Forest Hanau Boy in Tradtional 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: Red Hoodie Dress Dwarf on Tiny Round Base

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 Thumbelina with Waterfall Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 18cm. One of the early Mertens-Kunst masterpieces. Very simple works great when every line is perfect, like...
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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: Kneeling Madonna on Blue Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is an early Madonna wall figure by Mertens-Kunst. In later decades, Mary’s face became more cute...
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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: Antique Doll Mother in Yellow Dress

The doll mothers by Mertens-Kunst were very popular and they changed a lot over the 6 decades of their production....
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Antique Dwarf in Snail Dialogue

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

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: 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: Art Deco Rose-Red with Flower Wreath

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood. (Snow-White and Rose-Red)
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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: Dwarf with Flared Trousers and Floor Long Cap

I love the wall long hood end and the flared yellow trousers. A beautiful color scheme, very soft and harmonious....
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: White 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: Fairylike Rumpelstiltskin in Green Hoodie Dress

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Kneeling Mini 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: Early Dwarf with Flared Trousers and Concertina

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This was a very popular dwarf, it got copied a lot, too.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Blue Art Deco Fairy Child with Cowslip

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: Yellow Key Fairy

Hand-painted on plywood, 20cm. A beautiful and rare color scheme.
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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: Little Red Riding Hood on War Time Wood

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: 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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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Early Large Balloon Skirt Goose Maid

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This was a very popular Mertens-Kunst motive of the early years. Look at the beautiful knee long...
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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: Antique Ski Girl on White Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A beautiful early work. The artist who created this design knew a lot about skiing, look at...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf (Arnheim Collection)

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This wood picture belongs to the Arnheim Collection a German soldier had sent to his children back...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Star Money Girl with Waterfall Hair ⭐️

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. She looks so aetherial and angellike. I would so much like to know the name of...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco Fairy Child as Snowdrop Flower

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and very very pretty!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Art Deco 7 Ravens Sister in Short Dress

Early Mertens-Kunst. Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the delicate movement of this wall figure! And it's somewhat sad.
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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: Cinderella with very Long Legs

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Where is the typical harmony of Mertens-Kunst here? We'll never know, but maybe the artist had a...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Winter Bunny Girl in Red Costume

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An absolute early Mertens-Kunst highlight
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1930s Mertens-Kunst: Early 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: 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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NEW!! 1930s Mertens-Kunst: Seven Ravens with Golden Hair Band

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 26cm. A Wonderful color scheme with the yellow orange dress and the blue base.
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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: 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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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Most Endearing 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 War 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: Little Goose Girl in Grey Dot Skirt

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. She's so pretty! I like the color scheme here, especially the grey skirt with the red dots....
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: 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.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Slim Goose Maid in Pale War Colors

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: 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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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel with Black Bodice

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This German wall figure has many hidden details: Look at Gretel's hands vanishing under her apron, Hansel's...
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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: Hans in Luck in Dull War Colors

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Right after World War 2. the same motive was produced in bright colors and with lots of...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Slim Hans in Luck with Flower Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. I have known 12 different Hans in Lucks by Mertens-Kunst so far. Unique identifier here: The...
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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: Red 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: 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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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: 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!
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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: Beautiful Walking Little Red Riding Hood in Bright Colors

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: 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: Rumpelstiltskin in Bright Post War Colors

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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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

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: 7 Ravens with Longest Braid (25cm / Nr. 27)

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, Art Deco. Early Mertens, extremely beautiful. Look at the details!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Red 7 Ravens Sister with Put Up Braid

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I love the color scheme and the serenity of this wood picture.
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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: Orange Red 7 Ravens Sister with Put Up Hair

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: Light Blue Star Money Girl with the Highest Star

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Unique identifier of this version: She's holding the star way over her head's height. A beautiful color...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Red Princess and the Pea on Grey Base

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: Slim Fairy Child as Lucky Mushroom

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Very enchanting. I had looked for it for years and could finally order it from the USA...
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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 Candle Cake

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 War Colors

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: Kneeling Gentian Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.A very simple dwarf version, yet enchanting. The grey base enhances the blue of the Gentian flower. ("Nr.64...
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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: Colorful Watering Can Dwarf with Yellow 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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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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1940s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White with Light Blue Dwarf

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 19cm.
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NEW!! 1940s Mertens-Kunst(?): White Frog King Princess in 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: Rumpelstiltskin in Dull War Colors

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Little Long Braid Cinderella

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with added handpainting. Very touching with the too big shirt and the patched up dress. And wonderful...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: White Puss in Boots with Big Eyes

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with addtional hand-painting, 24cm. Puss in Boots has always been a popular motive. Mertens-Kunst produced three different...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Earnest Puss in Boots with Red Vest

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with aditional hand-painting. One of the white Puss in Boots by Mertens and so beautiful: Look at...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Seperate Small Hansel and Gretel with Dot Scarfs

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with additional hand-painting.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Canopy Cradle Child with Pink Sister

Early screen-print with added hand-painting, 25cm. ("C 12 Eia popeia")
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Spring Girl with Yellow Tulip

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This wall figure belongs to the seasons series by Mertens-Kunst, with a beautiful color scheme.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Large Cute Mary in Blue Coat Dress

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with additional hand-painting, 29cm. A special version with a large base.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Beach Child with Orange Sun Hat

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with additional hand-painting. This wall figure belongs to a seasons series by Mertens-Kunst. The giant hat reminds...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Little Porridge Girl at the Stove

There were some years where Mertens-Kunst used a hand stamp without a frame. The stamp told about the product number...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Dancing Doll Mother with Braids

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. An endearing idea and a pretty motive.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Little Princess with Lace Collar

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. There were some years where Mertens-Kunst used a hand stamp without a frame. The stamp told...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Red Head Doll Mother in Wide Dress

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. The doll mothers by Mertens-Kunst were very popular and they changed a lot over the 5...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Blowflower Girl with Short Hair

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. Very beautiful, reflecting the spirit of the time. Look at the base: Most wood hangings of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Charming Winter Girl with Snowman

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This wall figure belongs to the seasons series by Mertens-Kunst. It is one of the cutest of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White with Hair Bow

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. One of the Snow Whites in yellow-white dress. Unique identifier: This one has a yellow hair...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Classic Red White 7 Ravens Sister in Red-White

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 22cm. One of the classic Mertens-Kunst highlights! I love the color scheme with the red-white dress, the...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Pitch Mary with Chicken wiping her Face

The Mother Holle Fairy Tale includes the Good and the Lazy Daughter. In German, it’s Frau Holle with Goldmarie and...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Mother Holle with Snow Village and Orange Head Scarf

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. There ist an almost identical Mertens-Kunst Mother Holle with blue head scarf. I like this very colorful...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Star Money Girl with Head Star

After the Second World War, the Mertens Star Money Girls became cuter, the ethereal aspect got lost. Unique identifier: This...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Till Owlglass with Red Pompom Shoes

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. I have known three different Till Eulenspiegel by Mertens-Kunst so far. This one has those red...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Elated Dwarf with Blue Flower

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. At first glance it seems to be a blue diamond, shining and making the dwarf so happy,...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Happy Dwarf at Grape Harvest

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 26cm. This dwarf looks rather small compared to the grapes, each of them being almost as big...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Dwarf with Saint Martin Lantern and Cat

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting on 4mm-plywood, 27cm. A high qualitiy version, even the wood is thicker than usually. ("Mertens-Kunst C41...
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1950s 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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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Umbrella Dwarf with Weather Frog

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 24cm. There are two very similar versions of this motive: On one, you see both eyes of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Lute Dwarf

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with additional hand-painting, 22cm. (Mandolino)
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Red Guitar Dwarf

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 22cm.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Happy Dwarf with May Bells

This is a fairy dwarf, must be, if you think how small he must be next to these May Bells....
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Dwarf with Saint Martin Lantern

I love this guy! This wood picture generates so many good feelings: As all German children I went with my...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Snail Mail Dwarf with Trumpet

A rare motive and I have only known it by Mertens-Kunst so far.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Blue Music Dwarf with Song Book

There were some years where Mertens-Kunst used a hand stamp without a frame. The stamp told about the product number...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Small Soap Bubble Dwarf

This wood picture is not too small, but since I've known an older 30cm-version I call this soap bubble dwarf...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Tree Stump Dwarf with Concertina

Hand-painted on 3mm-quality-plywood, 21cm. I love this shade of orange! And the whole color scheme here, too. Look at the...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Gentian Dwarf with Flared Trousers

Look at his beautifully wide clothes, the bellflower shaped cape, the flared trousers. And a pretty color scheme, too.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Snow Tree Dwarf with Squirrel

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting.
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1950 Mertens-Kunst: Hedgehog Mecki in Light Blue Skirt

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. It might be the Hoerzu-Mecki of the German TV-Magazine. It might also be the story of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst: Optimistic Sun Child

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. A friendly motive with beautiful colors.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Cute Light Blue Cinderella without Base

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting, 19cm. In the 1960s Mertens-Kunst changed to screen-printing, first with additional hand-painting. Especially most of the...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Psychedelic Little Brother and Little Sister

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. "N 7 BrĂźderchen und Schwesterchen / Little brother and sister / Petit frere et petite soeur...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Pink Sleeping Beauty with High Hair

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. Roses in her hair, roses on her dress seam: This is the Roses Sleeping Beauty. In the...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Goose Girl in Pastel Colors

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. I like the soft colors here: Baby pink, light blue and the soft yellow.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Small Blond Gretel with High Hair

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. One of my favourites, wonderful design with light colors.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Violet Witch with High White Bonnet

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This witch looks more creepy than the other Mertens-Kunst witches. Is it her finger gesture, the bonnet...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Little Sparrow Boy in Blue Tunic

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 20cm. Copyright 1969, ready to start into Seventies fashion!
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Sitting Pink Doll Mother with Moon

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. There is a morning-midday-evening series by Mertens-Kunst, this engaging little girl belongs to it.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Hanschen Klein with Green Leg Warmers

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. I have known six "Hänschen klein" so far by Mertens-Kunst. You have to take a close look...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Bunny Girl in Starry Night

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. The German title is: "Weißt du wieviel Sternlein stehen?" Listen to the song on YouTube! This is...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Little Singer Girl by the Cradle

Screen-printed on plywood, 21cm. (B 34 Wiegenlied)
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Hobby Horse Boy with High Hair

The German title of this children's song is "Hoppe hoppe Reiter". There is also a blond rocking horse boy by...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Doll Mother with Black Hair

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. "Schlaf Kindlein, schlaf" is a German lullaby. Translation: "Sleep my little child, sleep." This wood picture belongs...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Doll Mother in Red Tunic

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. The doll mothers by Mertens-Kunst were very popular and they changed a lot over the 6 decades...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Little Night Watch Boy with Ear Warmers

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. I've known three different little night watch boys by Mertens-Kunst so far. One has the ear muffs...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Blond Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon

In the 1960s Mertens-Kunst changed to screen-printing, first with additional hand-painting. Especially most of the edges were still colored by...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood with Bonnet

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz, 24cm, C3. This is one of the many Mertens-Kunst Little Red Riding Hoods and maybe the cutest...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: German Ducking Lullaby with Mini Skirt Girl

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This wood picture belongs to a Mertens-Kunst series with German Kindergarten songs.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Orange Rumpelstiltskin with Base

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. An unusual color scheme, but it's working: Orange hoddie, red sleeves, the yellow of the fire and...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Sandman in Blue Star Cape

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 21cm. This is one of the last sandman designs by Mertens-Kunst NOT showing the TV-Sandman. After that,...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Bremen Town Musicians on Yellow Base

I like the yellow bases, they are so friendly. Most bases were brown, and later Mertens didn't even use them...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: White Snow White with Pearls in her Hair

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 24cm. In the 1960s Mertens-Kunst changed to screen-printing, first with additional hand-painting. Especially most of the edges...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Blue Snow White with High Hair

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz, 22cm. At the end of the 1960s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Miles Boots Boy with Yellow Hat

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Gold Mary with High Hair

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. Brother Grimm's Mother Holle. (Mother Hulda / Good Daughter / Bad Daughter / Pitchen Mary)
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Pitch Mary with Ponytail (24cm / C 24)

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. (C24 Pechmarie / The pitchen Mary / La Mairie de poix [sic]). Brothers Grimm's Frau Holle /...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Ravens Sister in Grey Dress

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. A beautiful and rare color scheme for the Seven Ravens by Mertens.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Blue Star Money Girl with Star Tail

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. There is also a version of this very design where the girl has red hair and...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Light Blue Star Money Girl with Hair Wreath ❒

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. In the 1960s many girls in Kindergarten or primary school dressed up in star costumes for...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Brave Little Tailor with Shoulder Scissors

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. The huge scissors were an idea of Hellerkunst. Mertens-Kunst took their idea, but this little tailor looks...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Rapunzel with Tower

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz, 23cm.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Princess and the Pea with Veil

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. A rather unknown Brothers Grimm's fairy tale. The pillows are supposed to represent her famous stack...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Snow-White and Rose-Red with Nasty Dwarf

In the 1960s Mertens-Kunst changed to screen-printing, first with additional hand-painting. Especially most of the edges were still colored by...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Colorful Irisette Advertising Dwarfs

Screen-printed with additional hand-painting. "Auch die Heinzelmännchen schlafen in Irisette" is printed on the back. It means, that the gnomes...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: German Lullaby Toadstool Dwarf

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. This wall figure belongs to the children's songs series of Mertens-Kunst.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Serenate Dwarf with Song Book

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, C49. Frontal view, showing both eyes, is rather rare on fairy tale wood pictures. I think the...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Gardening Dwarf with Digitalis Purpurea

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, C42, Blumenfreund. This plant is poisonous, but harmless on a wood picture! I love the shade of...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Dwarf under Brown Mushroom

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, C46. Unique Identifier: There only seems to be one Mertens-Kunst Wall Figure with a dwarf under a...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Braid Bun Cinderella (24cm / BB5)

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, BB5, Cendrillon. Look at the put up braid, on top of her head. That's a unique identifier...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: High Hair Cinderella with Broom

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. Look at the blond beehive do with the little red bows. And the broom is unusual, too:...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Sleeping Mertens-Kunst Fence Dwarf

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz, 21cm. One of the early orange wood pictures, so beautiful.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst: Moon Children by Ute Mertens

Paper on light wood, 1cm thick. Height: 23cm. There were some of these paper-on-wood-pictures, but not many. I've known about...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Mini Dress Girl with Duckling Lake

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, B72, Alle meine Entchen. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Red Canopy Cradle Child without Base

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, N34, Schlaf Kindlein Schlaf.
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1970 Mertens-Kunst: Beach Girl with High Hair and Cherry Braids

Screen-printed on plywood. This is one of the first German Wall Figures I ever saw. That was back in 2014....
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Pied Piper of Hamellin without Base

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz, N 35 Rattenfänger / Catcher of Hamelin / La flute enchantee / Made in Western-Germany, Copyright 1971...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood with Long Blond Braids

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Rumpelstiltskin with Grey Hood

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Snow White with Violett Bodice

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Blue Snow White with Longest Braid

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Seven Ravens Sister with Head Scarf

Siebdruck auf 3mm-Schichtholz. In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: Modern Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, B 1146, Zwerg mit Pilz. Toadstools have always been popular guests on fairy tale wood pictures, sometimes...
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1980s Mertens-Kunst: 7 Ravens in Light Blue Dress (22cm / No. 1314)

Screen-printed on plywood. This wall figure shows us how much the times have changed: Compare it to the Mertens 7...
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1980s Mertens-Kunst: The Modern Fairy Tales and Dwarfs

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. Some of these are from the 1970, most are from the 1980s. They belong to the last...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst: “I am the Little Rider of Toy Store KURTZ”

Screen-printed on plywood, 12cm height. The text on the back translates to the title on top. "Spielwaren Kurtz" was founded...
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