MERTENS-KUNST (1936-2001)

The founder of Mertens-Kunst was Alfred Mertens, born in 1898. Later on, his children took over. Alfred Mertens’ son led the manufactury and his daughter 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

1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Snowdrop Fairy with Flower Hat

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and very very pretty!
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ The Princess and the Pea in Red Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with shining varnish.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Pale War-Time Cinderella

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 ☆ Kneeling Cinderella in Working Shoes (Nr.6)

This is a very rare Cinderella version, I have only seen it once so far. The girl is very earnest...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Balloon Skirt Cinderella with Braid Hair Do (B 19)

This Cinderella comes with white and with grey doves. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Blond Long Braid Cinderella on Brown Base (A 70)

Beautiful color scheme and touching with the too big shirt and the patched up dress. Early screenprint.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Slim Grey Cinderella with Red Apron (A 70 Aschenbroedel)

There are many different Mertens-Kunst Cinderellas, many of them having the same number.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Sitting Blue Vest Cinderella with Blond Braid (Nr.11)

There is a similar Mertens version with Cinderella raising her apron, only with red vest and red bun.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Bell-Skirt Cinderella with very Long Legs

Where is the average harmony of Mertens-Kunst here? You never know, maybe the artist had a daughter growing too fast...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Sitting Red Vest Cinderella with Red Hair

Look at her raising her apron! There is a second Mertens design where she does that, only with Blue Vest...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Torn Dress Cinderella without Base (AA5)

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 ✧ Cinderella with Red Hair and Braided Bun

BB 5 Cendrillon // Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. Look at the put up braid, on top of her head. That's a...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blond Cinderella with High Hair and Broom (N 5 / Contes de Grimm)

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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1930er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Slim Little Brother and Little Sister in Pale Blue Dress (Grimms Eventyr)

This is very early Mertens-Kunst, hand-painted on wood with varnish and very rare, a real museum piece. Most of the...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Brother and Little Sister with Flying Skirts (B24)

This was the most popular Fairy Tale Wood Picture by Mertens-Kunst. For more than 20 years it got copied and...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Brother and Little Sister with Tender Kiss

The most tender wall figure of them all with a just a little retreating enchanted brother. There are two similar...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Red Head Scarf and White Apron (AA7)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Embracing Brother and Sister with Extendable Ears (A64)

There are two similar versions of this loving duo: In the other one the sister is kissing Little Brother on...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Red Gray Pied Piper of Hamelin with Belt Pouch (Rat Catcher)

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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Psychedelic Headscarf (N7)

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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1980s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Modern Little Brother and Little Sister in Striped Shirt (No.1306)

"Modern Fairy Tales" by Mertens-Kunst: Those 1980s versions were the last ones produced by Mertens-Kunst.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Powder Pink Sleeping Beauty with Waterfall Hair

Yes, early Mertens-Kunst had very long hair! This beautiful Sleeping Beauty version comes in red and powder pink. Both are...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pink Sleeping Beauty with Spindle and Flower Crown

I have known of seven differnt Sleeping Beauties by Mertens-Kunst so far. Three are wearing pink flower dresses, hence the...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Sleeping Beauty in Salmon Stripe Dress

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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Powder Pink Sleeping Beauty with Roses Tiara

Roses in her hair, roses on her dress seam: This is the Roses Sleeping Beauty. In the German name "Dornroeschen",...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Pink-Red Sleeping Beauty with Small Princess Crown

One of the pink Sleeping Beauties by Mertens-Kunst. They are all beautiful! This is the one with the small crown...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Fairy Child with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat (Toadstool)

Very rare, very enchanting. Hand-painted on wood and a wonderfully done copy, too. I had looked for it for years...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Art Deco Fairy Child with Cowslip Flower

☆ Which is the most beautiful of them all? Sometimes I don't know which of the early Art DecoWall Fi...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Red Saint Mary and Baby Jesus with Halos

This is an unusual Mertens-Kunst item. The colors are very bright and thick and with a very shiny varnish. Plus...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Kneeling Yellow Fairy with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

Toadstools have always been popular guests on fairy tale wood pictures, sometimes they even were a big part of the...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Candle Angel as Christmas Tree Decoration

Faces are hard to paint, this one is so beautiful. The detailed Pixie cut and the pink flower add to...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Colorful Mother Holle with Orange Head Scarf

There ist an almost identical Mertens Mother Holle with blue head scarf, but I like this one more. Screen-print on...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Lazy Daughter with Short Ponytail (Mother Holle/Good Daughter)

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Mother Holle’s Lazy Daughter in Orange Dress (Golden Daughter)

This design is still influenced by the Art Deco style. A beautiful color scheme. This wall figure shows the story...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Good Daughter with Hair Band (Mother Holle/Lazy Daughter)

Siebdruck mit zusätzlicher Handbemalung, eher selten. Hier sind auch der Brunnen und das Spinnrad abgebildet, so kann man Goldmarie nicht...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Good Daughter with Red Hair (Mother Holle/Lazy Daughter)

Early screen-print on wood with added hand-painting, quite rare. The orange-red hair is rather unusual, combined with the red vest.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Lazy Daughter Wiping her Face (Mother Holle/Good Daughter)

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Mother Holle on a Cloud (Golden Daughter+Lazy Daughter)

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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1930er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow Frog King Princess with Small Golden Crown

Here we go again: Early Mertens equals beautiful most of the time. Very simple and very enchanting. Hand-painted on wood,...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow Frog King Princess with Wide Crown

The Frog King Princesses by Mertens-Kunst came with different crowns. Even this very old yellow princess was available with a...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Frog King Princess with Waterfall Hair

Many of the most enchanting wall figures were produced by Mertens-Kunst, and here you see again, why! Hand-painted on wood,...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow White Frog King Princess with Wide Crown

I have known of three different versions of the Mertens-Kunst Frog King Princess. The elder ones have a simple all...
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1940er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Frog King Princess with Hidden Gold Ball and Yellow Base

Another unique identifier here are the double puffy sleeves. Hand-painted on 3mm quality-plywood.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Red Frog King Princess with Ermine Collar

I think there's only one wooden wall figure with an ermine collar, not by Mertens-Kunst and not by other producers.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Frog King Princess in Red Robe and Chemise Dress

There are more versions of this Red Frog Princess, but they were produced later and less detailed. This is the...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Orange Frog King Princess with Wide Crown

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Red Frog King Princess with Tiara

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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1980s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Modern Cute Goose Maid in Violet Dress

"Modern Fairy Tales" by Mertens-Kunst: Those 1980s versions were the last ones produced by Mertens-Kunst.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pastel Colored Goose Maid with Chick Apron (BB4)

I like the soft colors here: Baby pink, light blue and the soft yellow. This is one of the rarer...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Goose Girl in Red Turtleneck

So small and simple, yet one of my favorites. There is an overall harmony in this wood picture, every little...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Goose Maid with Head Scarf and Dot Dress

She's so pretty! I like the color scheme here, especially the red polka dots on the grey skirt! (A66 Gaenseliesel)
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Colorful Bitten Goose Maid on Green Base

I love the bright colors here! Colorful bases very often equal beautiful wall figures with Mertens-Kunst.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Slim Goose Maid in Pale War Colors (2nd World War)

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Retro Goose Maid with Puffy Sleeves and Chicks

This is the most popular Mertens-Kunst wall figures of them all - that is my guess, but I have seen...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Most Beautiful Goose Maid in Blue Balloon Skirt

This design used to be very popular in the late 1930s and 1940s. Look at the beautiful color scheme, the...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Naked Puss in Boots with Gun

Early Mertens-Kunst, the only naked Puss in Boots I know of. Great design, great work! Hand-painted on wood and rare.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ White Puss in Boots with Yellow Eyes

One of the white Puss in Boots by Mertens and so beautiful: Look at the color scheme! Look at the...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Happy Puss in Boots with Blue Cape (B33)

This version was very popular, probably because it's so cheeky and engaging, screen-printed on 3mm-plywood.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Pompom Slippers (B 13)

Screen-print on 3mm-plywood with additional hand-painting. This is 1960s pure: Look at Gretel's cute dress, the little white scarf and...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Gretel with High Hair and Heart Cookie (Hansel+Gretel)

One of my favourites, wonderful design with light colors. Not hand-painted anymore, early screen-print on 3mm-plywood.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Witch with High White Bonnet

This witch looks more creepy than the other Mertens-Kunst witches. Is it her finger gesture, the bonnet or the glasses?...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Friendly Witch with Big Shoulder Scarf (Hansel and Gretel)

There is only one more Mertens witch with a shoulder scarf, and that's the 1980s one. After that, the era...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Lederhosen and Red Dot Bag

An old wood picture photographed in the new century! It's hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and a very engaging wall figure. Rare,...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue-Red Hansel and Gretel with High Hair

With the new fashion coming up Mertens-Kunst changed all their wall figures's girls's hair do to high hair. Wow, that's...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Black Bodice

Hand-painted on wood, with varnish and rare. This isn't one of the very simple versions: Look at Gretel's hands vanishing...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Hansel und Gretel with Two Colored Toadstools

I like the put up braid and Hansel hiding his gingerbread cookie.
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1970s Original Bergischer Engel (Mertens-Kunst) ✧ Hansel and Gretel with Big Eyes

At the beginning of the 1970s, Original Bergischer Engel had been sold to the Mertens-Kunst manufacturer Alfred Mertens. From there...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Hansel and Gretel Witch in Pale War Colors (2nd World War)

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 ☆ Hans in Luck in Pale War Colors (2nd World War)

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Slim Hans in Luck with Delicate Face Features

A pretty little wood picture of Hans in Luck. He looks much younger here than on most of the other...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hans in Luck with Green Flower Hat

I have known 12 different Hans in Lucks by Mertens-Kunst so far. Only one of them has a green hat,...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hans in Luck in Blue Tunic with Dot Seam

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Stressed Out Hans in Luck with Pig on a Leash

This Hans in Luck is full of questions: Why the thick non-quality wood? If it's a copy, who could copy...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hans in Luck with Tunic and Hat Waving

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Ski Girl on Snow Base

A beautiful work, hand-painted on plywood and rare. The artist who created this design knew a lot about skiing, look...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Single Handed Sailor Girl in Orange Dress

"This sailor girl is just great! And it's a girl for a change. And she's not melancholic but adventure seeking",...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Winter Girl with Muff and Snowman (Seasons Series)

This wall figure belongs to the four seasons series by Mertens-Kunst. It is one of the cutest of them all!
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Good Night Girl with Moon and Pink Dress (B32 Abend)

There is a morning-midday-evening series by Mertens-Kunst, this engaging little girl belongs to it. Early screen-print with additional hand-painting and...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Good Morning Girl with Rising Sun (B 30 Morgen)

This belongs to the time of the day series by Mertens. There are also midday and evening girls, all of...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Aetherial Candle Girl in White Dress (Angel)

A breathtakingly tender color scheme with white, light blue and yellow. The girl looks like an angel at first sight,...
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1940er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Green Base Hanschen Klein with Green Hat

After the Second World War people got new hope and new quality material, too. This Colorful little Hans was very...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hanschen Klein with Bonnet Hat (Kindergarten Song)

I've known of seven different wood pictures of "Little Hans" so far. This is a very cute one. Screen-print on...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hanschen Klein with Leg Warmers

I have known six "Hänschen klein" by Mertens-Kunst. You have to take a close look to tell them apart. This...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hanschen Klein with Brown Hat and No Base

Screen-print on 3mm-plywood. From the 1960s onwards Mertens-Kunst started to produce wood pictures without the brown base.
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Boy with Hobby Horse and Newspaper Hat (B1181)

You can divide the motives of the children's wood pictures era in "fairy tale/no fairy tale". It's like WALMART with...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Lullaby Girl with Bunny and Moon (B/75)

The German title is: "Weißt du wieviel Sternlein stehen?" Google the song-video! This is one of the most beautiful lullaby...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Blue Spring Girl with Yellow Tulip (Seasons Series)

This wall figure belongs to the four seasons series by Mertens-Kunst, with a beautiful color scheme. A real highlight!
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blond Girl with Minidress and Ducklings (B72 Alle meine Entchen)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Rocking Horse Boy with Brown Hair (Hop Hop Rider)

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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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cradle Child with Red Canopy and Bird (N34 Schlaf Kindlein schlaf)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1940er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Rocking Horse Boy with Blond Hair and 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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Doll Mother with Black Hair (B32 “Schlaf Kindlein, schlaf”)

"Schlaf Kindlein, schlaf" is a German lullaby. This wood picture belongs to the lullaby-series by Mertens-Kunst.
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Doll Mother with Pram and High Hair

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Summer Child with Beach and Orange Hat (Seasons Series)

This wall figure belongs to the four seasons series by Mertens-Kunst. The giant hat reminds me of the giant yellow...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Beach Girl with Ball and Cherry Hair Ties ❒

This is one of the first German Wall Figures I ever saw. That was back in 2014. I had totally...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Doll Mother with Pram and Red Tunic

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Porridge Girl with 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 Blond Braids

Die Puppenmütter bzw. „Puppenmütterchen“ von Mertens-Kunst entwickelten sich über 6 Jahrzehnte, von den schlichten Entwürfen der 1930er Jahre bis zur...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Princess with Daisy Flower (C 10 Prinzessin Princess)

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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Red Night Watch Boy with Ear Muffs

I've known three different little night watch boys by Mertens-Kunst so far. One has the ear muffs and two of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Doll Mother with Cradle and Orange Red Colors

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Blond Girl with Red Bow and Bellflowers

Hand-painted on wood and rare. Look at the fine features, it is high quality work. I have only known this...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Little Hans with Tiny Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Something about this wall figures reminds me of the early Mertens-Kunst style. It’s the pastel colors and the fine lines....
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The Children’s Songs Series by Mertens-Kunst

There are many Mertens-Kunst Wood Plaques depicting children's songs. These are showing themes from the songs "Ein Männlein steht im...
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1930er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Beautiful Red Winter Girl with Rabbit and Snow Base

An absolute early Mertens-Kunst highlight and so rare, too! I have only seen this one item so far.
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Indian with his Tipi Tent

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Saint Mary and Jesus on Blue Base

This is an early Madonna wall figure by Mertens-Kunst. In later decades, the faces became bigger and Mary’s face became...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Belgian Agnes with Blue Dress and Goose

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Doll Mother with Head Scarf and Stairs ❒

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Red Night Watch Boy with Light Blue Cap

One of my favorites! I love the colors and the fine lines! Look at his delicate face! He seems so...
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1980s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Thanksgiving Girl with Pink Dress and Hat

One of the few Mertens-Kunst wood pictures with lots of pink. And one of the cutest of them all!
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow Doll Mother with Pram and Braid

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Red Dandelion Girl with Short Hair

Very rare and very beautiful, reflecting the spirit of the time. Look at the base: Most wood hangings had a...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Beautiful Red Night Watch Child with Stocking Cap

One of my favorites what with the fine face features, the orange red color scheme and the naked legs in...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Red Polka Dots (B16)

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Romper Suit and Red Shoes

This design is unique among the Little Peter Wall Figures. It’s kept simple with simplicity’s full impact: A bright yellow,...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Blue Pyjamas

Look at their faces! Hand-painting also means that no face is like the other!
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Dressing Gown (N 16)

Screen-print on 3mm-plywood. This is the only Mertens version of Little Peter with dressing gown, most Mertens Peters have the...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Friendly Pied Piper of Hamelin with Rats and Child (Rat Catcher)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Red Riding Hood with Flying Braids and Black Vest

This was a very popular Mertens-Kunst design. There is a similar one where the vest is not black but blue,...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cute Little Red Riding Hood with Long Blond Braids

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf and Large Bonnet (C3)

This is one of the many Mertens-Kunst Little Red Riding Hoods and maybe the cutest one. Screen-print on wood with...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Colorful Little Red Riding Hood with Flying Braids

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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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Confident Seventies Little Red Riding Hood in Frontal View (B3)

A definitive post-war Little Red Riding Hood, not earnest and frightened any more. She’s just happy. Even the wolf looks...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Red Riding Hood with Open Vest and Sitting Wolf

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Walking Little Red Riding Hood in White Tights

This is one of the earliest Little Red Riding Hoods by Mertens-Kunst. Around 1960 it was very often copied in...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Red Riding Hood with Wolf and Red Bow Dress

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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Small Shy Little Red Riding Hood with Yellow Apron

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Walking Little Red Riding Hood in Colorful Dress

A very colorful and rare Little Red Riding Hood, it was produced just after the 2nd World War when quality...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Red Riding Hood in White Tights with Wolf (Arnheim Collection)

This fairy tale wood picture belongs to the Arnheim Collection a German soldier had sent to his children back home...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Small Little Red Riding Hood with White Braid Bow

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Shy Little Red Riding Hood with Braids and Hair Bows

There are several smaller Mertens wood pictures of Little Red Riding Hood, but this is the prettiest! Look at all...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Little Red Riding Hood in Pale War Colors (2nd World War)

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Rumpelstiltskin in Orange Hoodie (Rumplestiltskin)

Early screen-print on wood and rather rare. An unusual color scheme, but it's working: Orange hoddie, red sleeves, the yellow...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Colorful Rumpelstiltskin with Yellow Cap (Rumplestiltskin)

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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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Dancing Rumpelstiltskin with Grey Hoodie (Rumplestiltskin)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Fairylike Rumpelstiltskin in Green Hoddie Dress (Rumplestiltskin)

Very very rare and unusual too. It is a wonderful shade of green and I love the contrasting white sleeves....
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▷ Sandman (Hans Christian Andersen)

- Sandmännchen = Little Sandman (German TV) - Pittiplasch - Schnatterinchen
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Classic Sandman on Big Brown Base

Not the German TV-Sandman, that wasn't invented till the 1950s. This is a classic sandman, hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Traditional Light Blue Sandman with Yellow Bag

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is a classical traditional sandman, not the two German TV-Sandmen that came later in the 1950s.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Friendly Sandman in Blue Star Cape

This is one of the last sandman designs by Mertens-Kunst NOT showing the TV-Sandman. After that, they produced huge numbers...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Screen Printed Sandman in Red Cape (BB10 Sandmännchen)

Screen-printed on wood and rather rare. This is not one of the typical German TV Sandmen - we have two...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Cloud Sandman with Bow (Wide Beard West-TV-Sandmann)

Both West-TV Sandman and East-TV Sandman have existed since 1959.
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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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1930er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Gelbes Schneewittchen mit Apfel und grünem Zwerg

Es gibt ein weiteres frühes Mertens-Holzbild mit gelbem Schneewittchen und grünem Zwerg, da hat das Schneewittchen allerdings keinen Apfel, sonderen...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Yellow Snow White with Crown and Green Dwarf

☆ After all this time - still one of the brightest highlights with its sun yellow and forest green plus...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Light Blue Snow White Dwarf with Floor Long Hood

I love the wall long hood end and the flared yellow trousers. A beautiful color scheme, very soft and harmonious....
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Most Beautiful Snow White in Yellow Dot Dress

This is the Snow White of the White-Yellow-Dress-Series with the most details, adding to its beauty. It has the long...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pregnant Snow White with Longest Braid

This is very early Mertens-Kunst and hand-painted on wood. The motive was very popular, and other manufacturers copied it! This...
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Original and Copy: Pregnant Snow White with Longest Braid and Flower Dwarf

The left one is the original by Mertens-Kunst. The other one (Edelholz Freiberg) was produced in the Ore Mountains, during...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Snow White Dwarf Group on Black Base (21c / 3 Zwerge)

Black is a hard "color", but it makes this wall figure more interesting. In the long run Mertens opted out...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow White in Yellow Dot Dress with Hair Bow

One of the Snow Whites in yellow-white dress. This one has a yellow hair bow to boot, the others don't.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Brunette Mini Snow White with Longest Braid

Mertens-Kunst also did several birthday wreaths with mini figures on them, this Snow White might have been meant for one...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Violett Snow White with Pearls and High Hair

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow White in White Red Dress with Pearls in her Hair

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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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Snow White with Put Up Hair

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Snow White with Long Hair Braid

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Modern Snow White with Tiara and Frontal View

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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60$ for THAT? On Cleaning Fairy Tale Wood Plaques

I once seeked advice on cleaning fairy tale wood plaques. Restauration expert Birgit Linnhoff has worked for years on preserving...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Large Blue Seven Miles Boots on Green Base ❒

In old times it was a dream to travel fast, nowadays we have planes and trains and cars. And we...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Large Seven Miles Boots Boy 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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Seven Miles Boots Boy with High Collar and Feather Hat

I have known of two versions of this design so far, one has a yellow base and one has a...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Boy in Giant Red Seven Miles Boots

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Ravens Sister in Short Orange Dress

Early Mertens-Kunst and very rare. Hand-painted on wood. Look at the delicate movement of this wall figure!
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Ravens Sister in Long Orange Dress

Early Mertens, rather rare, extremely beautiful. Hand-painted on wood and one of my favorites!
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Orange Red Seven Ravens Sister with Put Up Hair

Very beautiful and very rare. I love the color scheme and the serenity of this wood picture.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Seven Ravens Sister in Yellow Dress

I love this one so much. It is beautiful and so simple in style and color scheme. Hand-painted on wood...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Orange Red Seven Ravens Sister with Open Hair

Look at the raven she's holding! Look at how he looks at you! Beautiful and rare. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Seven Ravens Sister on Grey Base

One of the classic Mertens-Kunst highlights! I love the color scheme with the red-white dress, the blond put up braid,...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Ravens Sister with Knee Long Braid

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Seven Ravens Sister with Necklace

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Raven’s Sister in Light Grey Dress

A beautiful and rare color scheme for the Seven Ravens by Mertens. Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood with added hand-painting and rare.
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1980s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Seven Ravens in Modern Version

This wall figure shows us how much the times have changed: Compare it to the Mertens 7 Ravens Sister in...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Star Money Girl with Head Star on Brown Base

After the Second World War, the Mertens Star Money Girls became cuter, the ethereal aspect got lost. This design has...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Slim Star Money Girl in Light Blue Star Dress

Hand-painted on wood, rare and beautiful. One of the simplest versions in color scheme and style. It has no or...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Star Money Girl with Giant Star

This is a beautiful color scheme that works most of the time: Light blue, yellow, red and white. This Star...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Blond Star Money Girl with Star Tail in Blue Skirt

Screen-printed on 3mm-plywood. There is also a version of this very design where the girl has red hair and a...
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST Star Money Girl with Star Wreath Hair

In the 1960s many girls in Kindergarten or primary school dressed up as angels for the nativity play.
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1980s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cinderella / Star Money Girl / Frog King / Seven Miles Boots (Cuentos de Grimm)

These were the last fairy tale wood pictures produced by Mertens-Kunst. All of them screen-printed on 3mm-plywood.
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Kneeling Little Star Money Girl with Bellflower Sleeve

Go ahead and enter „tights“ in my search top right, you will find a Mertens-Kunst Little Red Riding Hood with...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Brave Little Tailor with Big Scissors on his Shoulder

The huge scissors were an idea of Hellerkunst. Mertens-Kunst took their idea but made their design a bit different: The...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Dancing Dirndl Spring Lambs

Totally unusual are these lambs in human bodies. Maybe it was a special order item, I have only come across...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Yellow Red Teddy Bear with Dog and Umbrella

I wonder where this motive comes from. Maybe there is a book or comic series that I don't know of....
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Till Owlglass with Red and Green Leg (Till Eulenspiegel)

Again, an early Mertens highlight! Very early work, very much motion, you can feel him walk. And that elegance and...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Till Owlglass with Red Shoe Pompoms (Till Owlglass)

I have known three different Till Eulenspiegel by Mertens-Kunst so far. This one has a hook nose. Screen-print on wood...
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▷ More Fairy Tales

- The Princess and the Pea (Hans Christian Andersen) - The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids KHM 5 -...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Snow-White with White Flower Wreath (Snow-White and Rose-Red)

Flowers in her hair, flowers in her hand and flowers to her feet! This early Mertens-Kunst didn't do things half-heartedly!...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ The Princess and the Pea in Blue Night Shirt

I have only known of one wooden wall figure showing this fairy tale (by Brothers Grimm), and you see it...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Good Daughter in Light Blue Dress (Mother Holle/Lazy Daughter)

Hand-painted on wood and very rare. A wonderful color scheme with light blue, yellow and a bit red. A real...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow White and Rose Red with Dwarf and Scissors

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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▷ Wilhelm Busch etc.

- Max und Moritz (Wilhelm Busch) - Struwwelpeter (Heinrich Hoffmann)
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Max and Moritz at their Bridge Prank (3rd Trick: The Tailor)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Summer Dwarf with Blue Flower and Ear of Grain (C52)

At first glance it seems to be a blue diamond, shining and making the dwarf so happy, but it's a...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Beautiful Yellow Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom

Here we have a Mertens-Kunst masterpiece. Simple but with great details: Look at the color shades and the locks of...
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1950er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Happy Birthday Dwarf with Candle Cake

Very rare and beautiful. That is especially because of the candle light. There are only very few wall figures showing...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Gardener Dwarf with Wheelbarrow and Hat Bird

Gardeners used to be quite popular. There are Mertens-Kunst garden dwarfs with wheelbarrow or with watering can, with flower hat...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Lucky Dwarf in Pale War Colors (2nd World War)

This is one of the pale wall figures produced during the 2nd World War. The colors were applied very thinly...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Happy Dwarf at Grape Harvest

This dwarf looks rather small compared to the grapes, each of them being almost as big as his hand. That...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Flute Dwarf with Stone plus Perfect Kindergarten Copy

On the right side the original, left side the copy. Both are hand-painted on wood. The copy belonged to a...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Admiring Edelweiss Dwarf (B48 Gnom mit Edelweiß)

I like the color scheme of red and orange. The edelweiss is painted very accurately and fits the whole solemn...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Weather Dwarf with Umbrella and Frog (Profile View)

There are two very similar versions of this motive: On one, you see both eyes of the dwarf (front view)...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Red Dwarf in Snail Dialogue

How to you communicate with a snail almost your own size? He seems to be shouting, but we’ll never know!...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Solemn Lantern Dwarf in Red Hoodie

One of the absolute highlights of German Wall Figures. Hand-painted, dainty, a motive in movement. Be very careful if you...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Colorful Irisette Dwarfs (Advertising)

"Auch die Heinzelmännchen schlafen in Irisette" is printed on the back. It means, that the gnomes too are sleeping in...
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1970s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Modern Dwarf on Fly Agaric Mushroom (B 1146 Zwerg mit Pilz)

Toadstools have always been popular guests on fairy tale wood pictures, sometimes they even were a big part of the...
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1960er Mertens-Kunst ✧ “Ein Männlein steht im Walde” (B/74)

The German Title is "Ein Männlein steht im Walde" and it is a riddle song. This wall figure belongs to...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Happy Guitar Dwarf in Red Hoodie

One of the earlier dwarfs, look at the fine lines! There are not even a handful of guitar wall figures...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Happy Dwarf with Huge May Bells (Lily of the Valley)

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 ☆ Happy Dwarf with Colorful Lantern

I love this guy! This figure generates so many good feelings: As all German children I went with my lantern...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Music Dwarf with Song Book in Frontal View (C 49 Serenade)

Frontal view, showing both eyes, is rather rare on fairy tale wood pictures. I think the profile view is easier...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Gardening Dwarf with Watering Can and Digitalis Purpurea (C42 Blumenfreund)

This plant is poisonous, but harmless on a wood picture! I love the shade of blue in the hat and...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Red Lucky Dwarf with Giant Clover

There is no producer name on the back and the wood is non-quality-wood. The motive however was created by Mertens....
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1950er Mertens-Kunst ☆ Snail Mail Dwarf with Trumpet (Wood Picture)

A rare motive and I have only known it by Mertens-Kunst so far.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Happy Mandoline Dwarf (C48 Mandolinenzwerg)

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Dwarf with Red Dot Hat and Concertina

This is very early Mertens-Kunst. Alfred Mertens started his manufactury in the 1930s. // Rareness: Quite rare, but you see...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Dwarf with Bird under Brown Fly Agaric Mushroom (C46)

There only seems to be one Mertens-Kunst Wall Figure with a dwarf under a brown mushroom, so the title is...
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1980s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cute Dwarf with Birds and Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

Toadstool colors have always been popular guests on fairy tale wood pictures, sometimes they even were a big part of...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Music Dwarf with Song Book (C98 Ständchen)

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 ☆ Dwarf with Giant Soap Bubble

Look at the bubbles: The baby pink lines make them shine! Very beautiful, very rare, very hand-painted!
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Dwarf with Concertina and Bird (“C95 Gnom mit Ziehharmonika”)

Hand-painted on 3mm-quality-plywood. I love this shade of orange! And the whole color scheme here, too. Look at the accordion,...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Colorful Dwarf with Yellow Hat and Watering Can

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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Grey Dwarf with Blue Gentian

Look at his beautifully wide clothes, the bellflower shaped cape, the flared trousers. And a pretty color scheme, too.
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Tender Yellow Dwarf with Big Ladybug

A lovingly depicted scene, hand-painted and rare. The tennder dwarf reminds me of Albert Schweitzer's words: "I am life that...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Winter Dwarf with Squirrel and Pine Tree

Mertens-Kunst did everything right here: The snow covered pine tree, a loving dwarf and the cute squirrel. Very beautiful, very...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Sleeping Dwarf with Fence and Birds

One of the early orange wood pictures, rare and beautiful.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Orange Green Dwarf with Stone and Violin (Fairy Tale Wood Hanging)

Orange is a color that Mertens-Kunst did not use very often. Here it is part of a beautiful color scheme.
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1940s to 1980s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow White Dwarf Groups

Top left you see the most famous Mertens dwarf group, below right the oldest one I've known so far.
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1980er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Modern Dwarfs with Butterfly, Squirrel, Fox and Birds

The most popular one was the dwarf with his hat in fly agaric mushroom colors!
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ “Puenktchen” with Pump Trousers and Red Bow (Jumping Jack)

One of the earlier jumping jacks, one of the most endearing ones. I think it was not designed by Ute...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Hans in Leather Pants as Jumping Jack

In the late 1960s big eyes became popular. Mertens-Kunst catched on quickly, as they always did. This cute little guy...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cute Girl with Kitten Shirt as Jumping Jack (2012 Miezi)

This figure is a design not yet drawn by Ute Mertens, the sole designer of the 1970s.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ☆ Gretel with Red Bow as Jumping Jack

One of the early jumping jacks by Mertens-Kunst: Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and with metal joints.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Struwwelpeter as Jumping Jack (Shock Headed Peter / Heinrich Hoffmann)

Rare and with a nice color scheme. This jumping jack belongs to the first ones by Mertens-Kunst. They still used...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Girl in Heart Dirndl as Jumping Jack

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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1970s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Moritz with Checkered Trousers (Jumping Jack / Max+Moritz)

In the 1970s Mertens-Kunst perfected screen-printing. What helped a lot was Mr.Mertens having bought the manufactory „Original Bergischer Engel“. Mr.Mertens...
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