7. Munchner-Kunst + Original Bergischer Engel

Muenchner-Kunst produced from the 1930s to the 1960s. The manufacturer Original Bergischer Engel produced from the 1940s to 1960s.

1970s Original Bergischer Engel (Mertens): Cute Hans in Luck with Vest / Screen-printed 20 cm

The stamp says Original Bergischer Engel, but this wall figure was actually produced by Mertens-Kunst. Details: Goose Checkered Shirt Fly...
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1930s Munchner-Kunst (?) Toadstool Dwarf as Tiny Figure / Hand-Painted 6 cm

Most likely produced by the manufacturer Muenchner-Kunst. They produced many tiny angels and some dwarfs, too. On the post war...
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1970s Hansel and Gretel: Original Bergischer Engel or Mertens-Kunst? / Screen-printed 21 cm

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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Munchner-Kunst: 1960s Small Size Walking Little Red Riding Hood / Hand-Painted

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. Details: Brothers Grimm Cute Basket Polka Dots Arpon Pinafore (German Wall Figure Fairy...
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Munchner-Kunst (?): 1950s Ladybug Girl in Blue Dot Dress / Hand-Painted 18 cm

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. 18 cm height. Details: Cute Spring Meadow Base (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale...
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Original Bergischer Engel: 1960s Ladybug Lady with Lucky Clover / / Screen-Printed 15 cm

Details: Cute Dots Red Armor Lush Meadow Yellow (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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Munchner-Kunst: 1940s Little Red Riding Hood with Bow / 12 cm / Hand-Painted

With additional paining of the edges. Small and endearing. Details: Black Bodice, Bundt Cake, Puffy Sleeves.
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Munchner-Kunst (?) Cinderella and Brave Little Tailor as Tiny Figures / 6 cm / Hand-Painted

Most likely produced by the manufacturer Muenchner-Kunst. They produced many tiny angels and some other motives, too. On the post...
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Munchner-Kunst (?): Sleeping Beauty and Prince Figures with Crowns / 6 cm / Hand-Painted

Most likely produced by the manufacturer Muenchner-Kunst. They produced many tiny angels and some other motives, too. On the post...
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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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Original Bergischer Engel: 1960s Bremen Town Musicians

Screen-printed on plywood. Attributes: Donkey, dog, black cat, rooster.
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Munchner-Kunst: 1960s Snow White with Pulling Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. Attributes: Gnome, Blue, Heart Base, Princess Crown, Brothers Grimm, Fairy Tale Wood Plaque.
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Munchner-Kunst: 1960s Small Heart Base Little Red Riding Hood

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. Attributes: Bundt Cake, Braid, Basket, Flowers.
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1950s Muenchner-Kunst: Mortiz without Max with Fried Chicken Threads

Hand-painted on plywood, 17cm height. It's no jumping jack and only one layer of wood, but a great idea. (Wilhelm...
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Munchner-Kunst: 1950s Large Hans in Luck

Munchner-Kunst (Jaeger & Riederer) had this beautiful heart base, in red and in blue. This is the large version of...
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1960s Muenchner-Kunst: Mini Snow White with Budget Dwarfs

Hand-painted on plywood. Size: 12 x 17 cm. How do you paint a Snow White with all seven dwarfs on...
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1960 Muenchner-Kunst: Tiny Hansel, Gretel and Witch

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 11cm. These belong to the tiny fairy tales series by Muenchner-Kunst.
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Munchner-Kunst: 1950s Puss in Boots on Heart Base / Hand-Painted

Details: Brothers Grimm Medieval Clothes Dress Jaeger & Riederer Munich (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Munchner-Kunst: 1950s Cinderella with Pink Apron / Hand-Painted

This is a very unusual yet enchanting color combination. I've known it with dots instead of squares, too. (German Wall...
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Munchner-Kunst: 1950s Large Gretel on Gingerbread Cookie Base / 28 cm / Hand-Painted

Attributes: Heart Girl Braid Dirndl Fly Agaric Mushroom Toadstools German Wall Figure (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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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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Original Bergischer Engel: 1940s Pink Frog King Princess / Hand-Painted

The design comes from Johanna Gruner-Witkop who did all the Original Bergischer Engel design from the 1940s to the 1960s....
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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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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Standing Pastel Cinderella

Hand-painted on 5mm-plywood. Beautiful colors, a little piece of vintage nursery wood art in pastel. Hand-painted on plywood.
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Light Blue Sleeping Beauty with Rose Bouquet

Hand-painted on 6mm-plywood with matte varnish. I love the light and friendly color scheme.
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: White Frog King Princess with Rose A)

Hand-painted on 5mm-plywood. The soft color scheme, that's what I love about this wall figure. I also like the hair...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst : Early Goose Maid in Pastel Colors

Hand-painted on plywood. I like the soft colors. And the spot of red is a nice contrast color here.
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Muenchner-Kunst: 1940s Large Pastel Gretel on Gingerbread Cookie / Hand-Painted

This is special about many of the early "Muenchner-Kinder-Wandbilder Handmalerei": 1. They used very thick wood with 0,5cm thickness. 2....
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Pastel Girl with Pull Lamb

Hand-painted on plywood. The 1930s Münchner Kinder-Wandbilder had large wall figures and a matte finish. My guess is that they...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Boy with Dog on Checkered Base

Hand-painted on plywood. The checkered base is rather unusual for a German Wall Figures, but typical of early Muenchner-Kunst.
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Drum Teddies // war product

Hand-painted on cardboard. Most producers of wall figures had problems getting high quality material during the 2nd World War. All...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Three Little Birds

Hand-painted on plywood. A rather unknown Brothers Grimm fairy tale. (KHM 96)
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Muenchner-Kunst: 1930s Hans in Luck as Wartime Cardboard / 26 cm / Hand-Painted

Hand-painted on 5 mm-cardboard. Details: Muenchner-Kinder-Wandbilder Handmalerei Brothers Grimm War Product (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Muenchner-Kunst: 1930s Puss in Boots on Meadow Base / Hand-Painted 26 cm

Details: Brothers Grimm Collar Jacket White Cat (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Cinderella on Checkered Tiles (Christmas 1941)

A date on the back of a antique wall figure is very valuable - it helps to tell when a...
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1930s Muenchner-Kunst: Strutting Girl with Pull Donkey

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. 22cm. (Jaeger&Riederer)
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1940s Muenchner-Kunst: Large Frog King Princess on Heart Base

This wall figure is still 0,5 cm thick like all the wall figures by Muenchner Kinder-Wandbilder. But it also shows...
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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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Original Bergischer Engel: 1940s Hansel and Gretel with Tree Stump / Hand-Painted

The artist herself, Johanna Gruner-Witkop gave it to me for the Online Museum. It was poor wood in the first...
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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 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 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 Muenchner-Kunst: Kittens First Day at School with Candy Cone

Hand-painted on plywood. I like the candy cone, it seems to be filled with beautiful flowers. In Germany, children get...
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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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1940s Muenchner-Kunst Frogking Princess with Rose made of War Cardboard B)

Hand-painted on 5mm-ply-cardboard (4 layers). Height: 26cm.
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Original Bergischer Engel: 1950s Blond Cinderella in Red Dirndl / Hand-Painted

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 Muenchner-Kunst: Little Brother and Little Sister with Bell

Hand-painted on plywood. Good wood, thick layers of paint and thick varnish, too. The Munich Art also invested in very...
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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 Muenchner-Kunst: Yellow Frog King Princess on Red Base

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, wonderful haptics due to thick paint layers and thick wood, 0,5 cm. Rare with luminous...
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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 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 Muenchner-Kunst: Frontal View Puss in Boots

A very proud version of Puss in Boots. But WHAT is he holding in his hand? Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Muenchner-Kunst: Cookie Base Hansel and Gretel with Green Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. There aren't many wall figures with Christmas themes, but here you've got the gingerbread cookies, typical of...
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1950s Muenchner-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel with Pink Apron

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. My favorite Gretel by Muenchner-Kunst! And I love the huge underarm Gingerbread Cookie Hearts of these famous...
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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 Muenchner-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel on Meadow Base

The back of these wood pictures are whitened. On similar versions there is a stamp with "Rie-Bilder" on the back....
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1950s Muenchner-Kunst: Pink Mini Angel with Dots

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, height 8cm. Cute figure with her white collar and dot bow.
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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 Muenchner-Kunst: Rumpelstiltskin on Heart Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 26cm. ("395")
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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 Muenchner-Kunst: Chubby Cheeks Snow White in Tulip Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. Munchner-Kunst very often had the chubby cheeks and the round face, but this is one where they...
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1950s Muenchner-Kunst: Umbrella Cat with Mouse

Hand-painted with much varnish on thick wood (5mm!). One of the animal wood pictures that don't belong to a fairy...
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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 Muenchner-Kunst: Dwarf with Scarf Chicks

Hand-painted on plywood. A cute little wood picture, maybe it was an Easter present for happy spring children.
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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 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 Muenchner-Kunst: Pied Piper of Hamelin on Yellow Base

Hand-painted on 3 mm-plywood, 27 cm Höhe. I like the colors, a yellow base is rare.
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1950s Muencher-Kunst: Pink Angel with Golden Halo

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood plus 2mm-plywood for the golden halo. Height: 25cm. Yes, there were angels as German Wall Figures. This...
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1950s Munchner-Kunst: Angel Portrait with Flower Wreath

Hand-painted on plywood, 15cm. Back then Muenchner-Kunst und Handwerk Jaeger&Riederer sold many wood pictures to the USA.
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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 Rie-Bilder: Cherry Girl on Green Base

"Rie-Bilder" stands most likely for "Riederer", one of the names behind Munchner-Kunst. (Münchner-Kunst)
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1960s Muenchner-Kunst: Two Pied Piper of Hamelin

Look at the large flower base, that started the shift of Muenchner Kinder-Wandbilder to Muenchner Kunst&Handwerk. The wall figures became...
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1960s Muenchner-Kunst: Heart Base Sandman with Cradle

This is a classic sandman, no German TV-Sandman (we have two, a West Germany version and an East Germany version)....
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1960s Muenchner-Kunst: Shocked Snow White with Chubby Cheeks

I used to call this wood picture "choking Snow White", because I thought she had just eaten the poisoned apple....
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1960s Muenchner-Kunst: 7 Ravens Sister (with Date 1961)

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood with varnish. ("Münchner Kunst und Handwerk / 349" / "v.Tante Helga 1961")
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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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