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

1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Star Money Girl with Head Star on Brown Base (5)

After the Second World War, the Mertens Star Money Girls became cuter, the ethereal aspect got lost. This design has...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Snow White Dwarf with Floor Long Hood (5)

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 ✧ Flute Dwarf with Stone plus Perfect Kindergarten Copy (3)

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Powder Pink Sleeping Beauty with Waterfall Hair (5)

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 ✧ Weather Dwarf with Umbrella and Frog in Profile View / C123 Wetterprophet (3)

There are two very similar versions of this motive: On one, you see both eyes of the dwarf (front view)...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Colorful Irisette Dwarfs (Advertising) (4)

"Auch die Heinzelmännchen schlafen in Irisette" is printed on the back. It means, that the gnomes too are sleeping in...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snow-White (and Rose-Red) with White Flower Wreath (5)

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Till Owlglass with Red and Green Leg (Till Eulenspiegel) (5)

Again, an early Mertens highlight! Very early work, very much motion, you can feel him walk. And that elegance and...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Red Gray Pied Piper of Hamelin with Belt Pouch (Rat Catcher) (5)

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 ✧ Large Blue Seven Miles Boots on Green Base (5) ❒

In old times it was a dream to travel fast, nowadays we have planes and trains and cars. And we...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Yellow Snow White with Apple and Green Dwarf (5)

There is a second early Mertens Snow White in yellow and green with two tiny differences: Snow White is wearing...
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1930er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Slim Yellow Frog King Princess with Small Crown (5)

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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1930er Mertens-Kunst ✧ Slim Little Brother and Little Sister in Pale Blue Dress (5)

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 ✧ Lucky Dwarf with Clover and Ladybug (2nd World War) (5)

There is a dedication on the back, but it's hard to decipher. This wall figure was given as a gift...
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1930s Art Deco Mertens-Kunst ✧ Blue Fairy Child with Cowslip Flower (5)

Which is the most beautiful of them all? Sometimes I don't know which of the early Art Deco Mertens-Kunst Wall...
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1930s 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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Solemn Lantern Dwarf in Red Hoodie (5)

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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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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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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Cinderella with very Long Legs (4)

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Snowdrop Fairy with Flower Hat (5)

🔴 Engel und Elfen sind mit die beliebtesten Märchen-Holzbild-Motive und oft sehr selten, so wie auch diese weiße Elfe. Handgemalt...
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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pregnant Snow White with Longest Braid (5)

🔴 Frühe Mertens-Kunst, handgemalt auf Holz. Es war ein beliebtes Motiv, man sieht es ab und zu. Auch bei anderen...
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1930er Mertens-Kunst ✧ (Schneeweißchen und) Rosenrot mit rotem Blumenkranz (5)

Wunderschönes Ur-Mertens und so selten. Ich hatte zunächst das Schneeweißchen von Ur-Mertens und habe fast zwei Jahre nach dem dazugehörigen...
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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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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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1930s Mertens-Kunst (?) ✧ Little Hans with Tiny Fly Agaric Mushrooms (2)

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

This design is still influenced by the Art Deco style. A beautiful color scheme. This wall figure shows the story...
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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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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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1930s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Fairylike Rumplestiltskin in Green Hoddie Dress (Rumpelstiltskin)

Very very rare and unusual too. It is a wonderful shade of green and I love the contrasting white sleeves....
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1930s MERTENS-KUNST Light Blue Golden Daughter with Red Belt (Mother Holle)

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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1930s Mertens-Kunst * Brunette Doll Mother in Yellow Dress on Brown Base

Hand-painted on wood, a thin color layer, but a beautiful color scheme. Rare and sought after.
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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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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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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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1940s Mertens-Kunst * Fairy Child “Glueckspilz” with Fly Agaric Mushroom Hat

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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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Yellow Snow White with Crown and Green Dwarf

Beautiful early Mertens, still Art Deco style, so simple yet effective with two shades of yellow and the two shades...
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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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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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1940s Mertens-Kunst * Slim Pastel Colored Cinderella in Bell Skirt (War Product / Second World War)

Most people hated the war - you can see this here. Pale and sad and solemn faces. The marerial got...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst * Pale Hans in Luck with Red Stocking Cap (War time product)

No smile, no luminous colors. Varnish was not available anymore, even to a big producer like Mertens-Kunst. And the colors...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Sailor Collar Boy on Rocking Horse

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 and 1940s Mertens-Kunst * Standing Blue Sandman with Lantern and Bag

Both hand-pained on wood, but look at the faces: They became less elaborted in the 1940s, which meant less work...
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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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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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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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1940s Mertens-Kunst * Little Candle Angel on Moon 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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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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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, but the details are great:...
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1940s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Pale Goose Maid in Blue Tulip Skirt (War Product / Second World War)

During the war years the material got scarce. The lacquering layer is missing. And more often than not the faces...
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1940s MERTENS-KUNST Colorful Hansel and Gretel Witch

In war times, there was material shortage. The lacquering layer was missing and the figures looked dull.
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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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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 Traditional Light Blue Sandman with Yellow Bag

🇬🇧 The very popular classic Sandman. First it was hand-painted, the later ones used early screen printing.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst * Colorful Mother Holle with Orange Head Scarf and Snow Village

There ist an almost identical Mertens Mother Holle with blue head scarf, but I like this one more. Early Screen...
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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Very Lovingly Kissing Little Brother and Little Sister

🇬🇧 One of the most emotional wall figures ever. Hand-painted on wood, very rare.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Dwarf with Lute in Light Blue Hoodie (C97 Mandolino)

Wonderful colors and very photogenic. There are several Mandolino variations, this one is rather rare. Early screen print with much...
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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 Blond Long Braid Cinderella on Brown Base

🇬🇧 Beautiful color scheme and touching with the too big shirt and the patched up dress. Early screenprint.
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Light Blue Spring Girl with Yellow Tulip (5)

A beautiful color scheme, the endearing motive and the movement of the scene - this wall figure is perfect in...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Most Beautiful Snow White in White Yellow 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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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Redhead Doll Mother with Heart Cradle

A rare and endearing doll mother by Mertens-Kunst. It is early sceen print on wood.
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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Naked Puss in Boots Walking with a Gun

🇬🇧 Early Mertens-Kunst, the only naked Puss in Boots I know of. Great design, great work! Hand-painted on wood and...
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1950s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Puss in Boots with Red Vest and Yellow Eyes (5)

One of the white Puss in Boots by Mertens and so beautiful: Look at the color scheme! Look at the...
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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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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Seven Ravens Sister in Long Orange Dress

🇬🇧Early Mertens, rather rare, extremely beautiful. Hand-painted on wood.
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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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1950s Mertens-Kunst * Dandelion Girl in Red Dress

Very rare and very beautiful, reflecting the spirit of the time. Look at the base: Most Mertens wall figures had...
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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Orange Green Stone Dwarf with Fiddle and Sheet Music

🇬🇧 Orange is a color that Mertens-Kunst did not use very often. Here it is part of a beautiful color...
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST Hanschen Klein with Brown Hat and No Base (German Lullaby / Kindergarten-Song)

"Hänschen Klein" is a German lullaby / Kindergarten song about Little Hans.
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1960s Mertens-Kunst * Classic Sandman in Red Cape (BB10 Sandmännchen)

Sceen printed, but rather rare. This is not one of the typical German TV Sandmen - we have two of...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst Spieluhr * “Weisst du wieviel Sternlein stehen?” with Moon Girl (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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Little Guy in the Woods with Smiling Fly Agaric Mushroom (Children’s Songs Series 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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1960s Mertens-Kunst ✧ Rumplestiltskin in Orange Hoodie (Rumpelstiltskin)

Early screen print on wood and rather rare. An unusual color scheme, but it's working: Orange hoddie, red sleeves, the...
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1970s Original Bergischer Engel (Mertens-Kunst) ✧ Small Fly Agaric Mushroom Dwarf with Lantern

At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold to Mertens-Kunst. There was a short period where...
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1970s MERTENS-KUNST Rapunzel with Red Hair Band and Tower

It is rather modern Mertens-Kunst and sceen printed, a rare motive.
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST Blond Star Money Girl with Star Tail in Blue Skirt

There is also a version of this very design where the girl has red hair and a turquoise skirt. This...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst * Dwarf with Bird under Brown Fly Agaric Mushroom (C46 Zwerg mit Pilz)

There is only one Mertens-Kunst Wall Figure with a dwarf under a brown mushroom, so the title is a unique...
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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Snow White in White Yellow Dress with Yellow Hair Bow

One of the Snow Whites in white-yellow dress. This one has a yellow hair bow to boot, which the others...
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1960s Mertens-Kunst * Blond Cinderella with Broom and High Hair

Nearing the 1970s, many Mertens-Kunst girls got beehive / high hair dos.
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST Golden Daughter with High Hair and Red Hair Band (Mother Holle)

Screen print with added hand-paining. There are also the well and the spinning wheel to be seen, so you can’t...
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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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1960s MERTENS-KUNST West-TV Cloud Sandman with Red Ribbon

Both West-TV Sandman and East-TV Sandman have existed since 1959.
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST * Cheeky Puss in Boots with Large Green Eyes

MY GUESS IS that this Mertens version of Puss in Boots is the one printed most often. It's a screen...
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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 The Golden Daughter with Red Hair (Mother Holle)

Early screen print 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 * Seven Raven with Sister in Light Grey Dress

A beautiful and rare color scheme for the Seven Ravens by Mertens. Screen Print with added hand-painting, very rare.
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1960s MERTENS-KUNST High Hair Gretel with Heart Cookie (Hansel+Gretel) *

🇬🇧 One of my favourites, wonderful design with light colors. Not hand-painted anymore, screen print.
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1970s MERTENS-KUNST Happy Cradle Child with Red Canopy and Bird (German Lullaby / Kindergarten-Song)

🇬🇧 The song is called "Schlaf Kindlein schlaf", meaning "Sleep my child, sleep".
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1970s MERTENS-KUNST Sommer Child at The Beach with Cherry Hair Ties and Beachball + Picture

🇬🇧 This is one of the first German Wall Figures I ever saw. That was back in 2014. I had...
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1970s MERTENS-KUNST Friendly Witch in Wide Green Dress

🇬🇧Screen Print, not hand-painted anymore, but still with the old logo of the cradle with a cross. The cross got...
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1950s MERTENS-KUNST Blond Doll Mother Sitting on the Stairs

One of the Mertens-Kunst Doll Mother's, late 1950s. Look at that typical headscarf, the puffy sleeves and the shift dress....
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1970s Mertens-Kunst * Red Blue 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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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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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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1980s MERTENS-KUNST Modern Cloud Sandman with Big Blue Eyes

🇬🇧 The last Mertens Sandman design with dark blue eyes. All the elder ones had black eyes.
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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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“I Never Drew Those Big Eyes!” Johanna Gruner-Witkop of ORGINAL BERGISCHER ENGEL

The second wall figure with "those big eyes" was most likely designed by Ute Mertens. For a short while the...
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1990s Mertens-Kunst ✧ The very last Logo of Mertens-Kunst

The old Mertens-Kunst logo looked like this: A cradle with a canopy and a cross on top. In the 1970s...
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