7. Original Bergischer Engel & Grossmann Reit im Winkl

The manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel produced from the 1940s to 1960s. Grossmann had also started right after the 2nd World War, but they did produce much longer than Original Bergischer Engel.

Grossmann Reit im Winkl Snow White: 1970s with Two Dwarfs

Screen-printed on plywood. (Märchen Holz Bild Oberbayern Bayern Manufaktur Wand Figur / German Wall Figure Bavaria Bavarian
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1970s Hansel and Gretel with Witch

Screen-printed on plywood. 18 x 27 cm. Fairy Tale Wood Picture.
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Original Bergischer Engel: Nuremberg Toy Fair 1966

Which is the most famous Toy Fair in Germany? Most likely it’s the Nuremberg Toy Fair, taking place once a...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Looking Back with 90

I am really lucky that Mrs Gruner-Witkop's father used to keep a thick ring binder with lots of information about...
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Workshop

All the 1950s products of Original Bergischer Engel were hand-painted. First it were little angels, later on wall figures and...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Starting her Business with 17

This is Johanna Witkop around the time she founded "Original Bergischer Engel". She had been only 17 back then. In...
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1970s Hansel and Gretel: Original Bergischer Engel or Mertens-Kunst?

This wall figure was actually produced by Mertens-Kunst. At the end of the 1960s Original Bergischer Engel had been sold...
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Original Bergischer Engel: 1960s Bremen Town Musicians

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Donkey, dog, black cat, rooster.
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Grossmann Reit im Winkl: 1960s Frog King with Pond

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Fly Agaric Mushrooms, Toadstool, Pinetree, Bird.
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Grossmann: 1950s Bunny Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the early Grossmann dwarfs. Attributes: Meadow Base, Gnome, Mended Clothes, Bavaria, German Wall Figure.
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Grossmann: 1970s Cute Little Goose Girl

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Apron Dress, Polka Dot Head Scarf, Maid. Fairy Tale Wood Picture.
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Original Bergischer Engel: The Search via Newspaper Article (2017)

How do you find information about a manufactory that produced their last Fairy Tale Wood Picture more than 50 years...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Sailor Girl with Blond Hair

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the less known designs by Mrs. Gruner-Witkop. An early and engaging motive.
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Why is there the German word for Angel in the Original Bergischer Engel name?

Hand-painted on plywood. Engel means angel and I used to wonder why there was the Engel in the Original Bergischer...
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1940s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Large Frog King with Pond

Hand-painted on plywood, 25cm. Muenchner-Kunst produced those wide wall pictures for a few years. But they also were more fragile,...
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1950s Grossmann: Snow White with Mistle Toe Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and one of my Grossmann favorites. (Grossmann Reit im Winkl)
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Pink Frog King Princess

Hand-painted on plywood. The design comes from Johanna Gruner-Witkop who did all the Original Bergischer Engel design from the 1940s...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Products and Price List of 1959

The beautiful thing about this list is this: We get to know the christening names of their Fairy Tale Wood...
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Original Bergischer Engel: Frankfurt Toy Fair 1948

It was the first Toy Fair in Frankfurt right after the Second World War. This picture is such a treasure:...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Black Puss in Boots

Late 1940s! The only black Puss in Boots I have known by this producer. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Early Tree Stump Hansel and Gretel

The artist herself, Johanna Gruner-Witkop gave it to me for the Online Museum. Hand-painted on wood end of the 1940s....
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Hans in Luck with Lucky Clover Pig

I have known two versions of this Hans in Luck so far, one with goose and one with pig. Both...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Blond Little Red Riding Hood with White Blouse

This Wall Figure is one of the very first by Mrs. Gruner-Witkop shortly after the war. The wood that was...
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1940s Grossmann: Little Red Riding Hood on Wide Base

Hand-painted on plywood with much varnish. Grossmann Reit im Winkl started their business with hand-painting, at the beginning with larger...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Blond Little Red Riding Hood with Blue Bodice

The stamp on the back tells you about an early Original Bergischer Engel item. Later they used the red-white stickers...
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1940s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Grossmann Snow White in Wide White Dress

Hand-pained on 3mm-plywood. I like the early Grossmann wood pictures - many of them are wider, and they are hand-painted.
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Brave Little Tailor with Sword

This is a very early wall figure by Original Bergischer Engel. It's hand-painted on 3mm-plywood and with many details. The...
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1940s Grossmann: Butterfly Dwarf without Hood

This dwarf looks different from the other ones, it's not the beard, all Grossmann dwarfs have beards. It's the hoodie,...
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1940s Original Bergischer Engel: Blond Chef Girl as Jumping Jack

There is a similar design by this producer showing a Sweep Girl Jumping Jack. She comes with blond locks, too.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Blond Cinderella in Red Dirndl

This red dress is SO mid-century! It represents the girl fashion of that time beautifully! I also love the friendly...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Closed Eyes Sleeping Beauty in Blue Skirt

Another picture of Johanna Gruner-Witkop’s archive: I got the chance to take pictures and wondered about the „double base“.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Mother Holle on Feather Base

Hand-painted on plywood. Mother Holle (also called Mother Hulda) is very often depicted with a pillow, but hardly with feathers,...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Red Frog King with Knitted Belt

This is a rather small wall figure and one of the early ones of this producer. Look at the poor...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Light Blue Frog Princess with Pink Veil

So pretty - there is also a yellow version with veil and lace collar.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Light Blue Frog King Princess with Tiny Blouse

So beautiful! Rare and in frontal view, enter "frog king" in the search, you'll see that most of them have...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Light Blue Frog Kind on Yellow Base

Mrs. Gruner-Witkop, who had turned 90 in November 2018, told me in February 2019 on the telephone that she remembers...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Pink Frog King Princess with Flower Skirt

On the back there are screen-printing tests. Mrs.Gruner-Witkop attended a course with a paint producer to learn the technique for...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Red Frog King Princess with High Collar Blouse

When I visited Mrs. Gruner-Witkop in summer 2017 I had the chance to take pictures of her archive wood plaques....
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Yellow Frog King Princess with Pink Veil

I got this one as a present from the artist herself when I had the honor of visiting Mrs. Gruner-Witkop...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Blue Frog King Princess

One of the earlier Grossmann wood pictures. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Goose Maid with Fence

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Grossmann has existed for almost 50 years. They do not produce any more but they...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Round Base Goose Maid with Blue Bodice

One of the barefoot goose girls, very enchanting and close to nature. The whole concept is great here, the color...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Pink Ballon Skirt Goose Girl

I have only seen it in Mrs Gruner-Witkop's archive so far. Mrs Gruner Witkop was the founder and sole design...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Puss in Boots with Bunny Bag

From the archive of the artist, Mrs. Gruner-Witkop. I like the haptics, you can feel the good wood and the...
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1950s Grossmann: Hansel and Gretel on Wide Base

The early Grossmann wall figures are fragile, and I love that! Look at the details! My online museum isn’t really...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Hansel and Gretel on Wide Base

Hand-painted on stabilizing plywood. Only in the first years did this manufacturer produce those wide wall figures. Later they became...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Lucky Sweep with Long Nose

I have known three different sweeps by this producer so far. Early screen-print on 3mm quality plywood.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Sailor Girl with Brunette Hair

This beautiful Sailor was a gift of its designer, Mrs. Gruner-Witkop, to my husband, who is a single handed sailor....
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Snow White in Glass Casket

Mrs. Gruner-Witkop, who had turned 90 in November 2018, told me in February 2019 on the telephone that she remembers...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Star Money Girl with Pine Trees

There are very few slim wall figures by Grossmann, they usually made rather wide dresses, especially in the beginning -...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Never produced Max and Moritz in a Bag

Mrs. Gruner-Witkop was the sole artist of Original Bergischer Engel. She painted this sample in 1959 but it was never...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Reading Cobweb Dwarf

Screen-printed on 3,5mm-plywood, 23cm. ("Original Bergischer Engel Solingen-Wald" / White-red sticker)
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1950s Waiting Room Decoration of a Pediatrician

Hand-painted on plywood. This wall figure by Original Bergischer Engel belonged to a pediatrician's waiting room. Her stamps are on...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarf in Cobalt Blue Jacket

I like the early Grossmann dwarfs. They are all hand-painted on 3mm quality plywood! (8/30)
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Blue Winter Dwarf with High Hat

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only outfit (red or...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarf with Mouse

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Blue Winter Dwarf with Fox

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only...
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1950s Grossmann: Stone Dwarf with Trumpet

Hand-painted on plywood. In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all,...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Dwarfs with Sack and Spade

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Pick Axe Dwarf with Leather Apron

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Grossmann: Blue Stone Dwarf with Lantern Bag

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many of these dwarfs: They were small and cute, in a one-color-only outfit (red or...
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1950s Grossmann: Night Watch Dwarf with Cape

Hand-painted on plywood. (Grossmann Reit im Winkl)
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1950s Grossmann: Hiking Dwarf with Dot Bag

In the 1950s Grossmann produced many colorful dwarfs with animals or various accessories. I love them all, the haptics are...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Blue Dwarf with Red Umbrella

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Colors of fly agaric mushrooms (white on red) were very popular back then.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Red Dwarf with Stick Lantern

An unusual lantern dwarf. If he wasn't holding it in his hands I would have thought of an old fashioned...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Classic Struwwelpeter as Jumping Jack

The classic colors for this poor guy are red, green and yellow. This design is really reduced to the basics.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Jumping Jack Girl with Jumping Braids

Take a close look: The braids are supposed to jump! Johanna Gruner-Witkop told me that her jumping jacks were the...
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Sweep Girl as Jumping Jack

This very Jumping Jack Sweep Girl was given back by me to her designer Mrs. Gruner-Witkop in Solingen-Wald, where it...
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1950s Grossmann Reit im Winkl: Flower Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 16 cm.
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1950s Original Bergischer Engel: Hunter Boy Jumping Jack with Dachshund

Height: 24 cm. Original Bergischer Engel produced very unusual Jumping Jacks. This is one of them.
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1950s Grossmann: Little Olive Cinderella

Hand-painted on plywood, 15cm. It's the only Cinderella I've known by Grossmann Reit im Winkl so far. Grossmann is rather...
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1960s Original Bergischer Engel: Little Brother and Little Sister with Long Hair

I like the golden hair band. Later almost all producers of wood pictures used yellow instead of gold.
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1960s Original Bergischer Engel: Head Scarf Ladybug with Lucky Clover

Very cute with the lush armor, the huge clover and the striped yellow head scarf. I adore the long stemmed...
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1960s Original Bergischer Engel: Fish Woman as Jumping Jack

It says "Fischmarkt" = Fish Market on this wall figure! Johanna Gruner-Witkop told me that her jumping jacks were the...
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1940s+1970s Grossmann: Early and late Goose Maid

Hand-painted and screen-printed on 3mm-plywood, 18cm. Here you can see the developement to cuter versions.
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1970s Grossmann: Little Brother and Little Sister with Toadstool Chair

Around 1970 Grossmann changed from hand-painting to the technique of screen-printing, like other manufacturers had done, too.
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1970s Grossmann: Star Money Girl in Light Blue Dress

Screen-printed on plywood. (Grossmann Reit im Winkl).
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