RAVI-KUNST: (1941-1967)

Ravi-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1960ies manufacturer of German Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of Germany. The artist’s name was Lisa Viertel – she designed all the wood pictures and jumping jacks. Besides the Wall Plaques there were also very lovely jumping jack items being produced in not more than two decades. Ravi-Kunst came up with many motives that you do not find among Hellerkunst or Mertens Kunst items, for example a weather prophet dwarf with a huge toadstool hat.

1940s Ravi-Kunst: Dressed Elephant as Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. The early Ravi-Kunst jumping jacks were great, unusual ideas and very solid. All Ravi-Kunst jumping jacks...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Golden Key Child by Lisa Viertel (+2019)

With this beautiful and somewhat sad 1940er Golden Key Child I want to thank the wonderful artist of Ravi-Kunst, Lisa...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Friendship Girl with Doe

Hand-painted on plywood. "GF/5 Freundschaft / Friendship"
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Cinderella in Grey Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. The colors fit poor Cinderella, the patched up dress, too. I like Lisa Viertel's faces, they always...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Sleeping Beauty

Hand-painted on plywood. Light blue with pink flowers - always a wonderful color scheme! And the gold of the tiny...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Mother Holle with Heart Window

It's hand-painted on wood with varnish. This is a beautiful Mother Holle, just look at the details: The shadows on...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Blue Frog King Princess with High Collar

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. This is early Ravi-Kunst - why? Look at the back. You will see the little paper...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Frog King Princess with Shawl Collar

Hand-painted on wood with much varnish. I love the wonderful color scheme with the golden crowns, the golden ball and...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Grey Goose Girl with Base

This version with the grey dress is early Ravi-Kunst. Later on Ravi's favorite became the radiant red and blue goose...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Large Book Friend with Tailcoat

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood, 28cm. A very unusual motive by Lisa Viertel. She used to experiment quite a bit when she...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Garden Girl with China Hat

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. On the back is a label sticker with "Little Red Riding Hood", which is obviously a...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Nightshirt Girl by the Cradle

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the beautiful colors and the tenderness of this wood picture! Lisa Viertel drew those round...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Goose Thief with Enraged Goose

Hand-painted on plywood, 20cm. At first glance I thought this was Hans in Luck. But the label on the back...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Meadow Girl with Flower Hat

Hand-painted on plywood, 18cm. This seems to belong to a Kindergarten series by Ravi. On each of them you see...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Autumn Child with Umbrella

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. The big red umbrella makes a nice contrast to the autumn colors and the rain. -...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Dancing Midsummer Children

Hand-painted on plywood. In Scandinavia people celebrate the Midsummer Night. This wall figure is one of four, dedicated to the...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Winter Girl with Snowman

Hand-painted on plywood. Lisa Viertel of Ravi-Kunst produced a seasons series, this is the winter motive. I like her fluffy...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Nightshirt

Hand-painted on plywood. There are other producers with Little Peter as a wall figure, but only Ravi-Kunst painted the moon...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Anneli

Hand-painted on plywood. Anneli is the sister of Little Peter. The early Ravi-Kunst wood pictures of this story are wearing...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Little Dwarf of Toy Shop Rasch

Hand-painted on plywood. Look at the red label: Lisa Viertel, designer, painter and owner of Ravi-Kunst produced in Hamburg and...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Prettiest Snow White with Green Dwarf

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. One of the earliest Ravi Snow Whites. I love the double layered dress. This Snow White reminds...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Snow White with Blessing Gesture

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. I like the high collar and the sleeves with a touch of orange. Lisa Viertel...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Brave Little Tailor in Flared Trousers

Hand-painted on plywood. I love the special shade of light blue that Lisa Viertel used, especially in the first years...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Duckling with Umbrella

Hand-painted on plywood. This wall figure belongs to the „cute animals“ - many manufacturers produced some of those. Look at...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Proud Dwarf in Violet Shirt

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I love the soft color scheme. Lisa Viertel designed so many dwarfs, she had to describe them....
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Lantern Dwarf

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood. Usually Ravi used 3mm-plywood. I love the naked knees dwarfs. Look at the menu of this site:...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf with Shoulder Umbrella

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Lisa Viertel designed her own clothes, so her wall figures have great clothes, too. Many of the...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst (?): Chef Dwarf with Birthday Cake

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. I am not absolutely sure it is Ravi-Kunst. Here are the 4 that...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Key Holder Dwarf on Daisy Flower

Hand-painted on 3mm quality plywood. Lisa Viertel designed many of those key holders. Most were dwarfs, but there were also...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Wheel Barrow Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a key hanger - Ravi produced many differnt ones. A rather grotesque dwarf, with his...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf on Mushroom with Ears

Hand-painted on plywood with varnish. A smiling mushroom is a rare motive on Wooden Wall Figures. Ravi also did a...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Jumping Jack Kitten in Dot Dress

Hand-painted on plywood. Here you have a cornucopia of cuteness details that make you look closer: The small feather hat,...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: King Thrushbeard

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 24cm. I like the color scheme with lots of light blue.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cinderella on Wide Base

Hand-painted on plywood. Again the red brick stones, adding to the vivid color scheme. This wood picture was meant for...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Sitting Stove Cinderella

Hand-painted on wood with varnish. Solid thick colors, that's what I love about Ravi-Kunst! One of the Cinderella series with...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Brother and Little Sister with Short Hair

Hand-painted on wood. Red, yellow and light blue are a pretty color scheme, add the fresh green and you have...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Spring Girl with Flower

Hand-painted on plywood with varnish. It belongs to the four seasons series by Ravi-Kunst. This is one of the most...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Mother Holle with Brick Stone Window

Hand-painted on plywood. Once again, the red brick stones, adding some color to this Mother Holle design. You also find...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Mother Holle’s Gold Mary at Golden Gate

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. What I like about Ravi-Kunst is that they sometimes show unusual details or scenes of the...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: “Yellow Frog King Princess”

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood, 23cm. I like the double dresses by Ravi-Kunst. This girl has a yellow dress with a red...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Green Base Goose Maid

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the great success wall figures were the red-blue goose girls. First with, later without base....
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Hansel and Gretel with Pulling Hand

Early Ravi-Kunst, hand-painted on wood. Gretel pulling her brother away from danger, an endearing idea.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Happy Hansel and Gretel with Witch

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. Look at Gretel's colors: They are bright yet soft. I like that and the fact that...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Hans in Luck with Baguette

Hand-painted on plywood. I think it's supposed to be a stick, but I like to think of it as baguette....
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Knitting Girl with Candle

Hand-painted on plywood, 22cm. On the back: "JM/11" and Dwarf stamp.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Child with goose

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. On the back: "KG/3 Kind mit Gänsen / Child with goose" and Dwarf stamp.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Chicken Girl on Wide Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 13cm height. Cute and rare. It was supposed to become a part of a children's coat rack.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Pine Tree Girl with Moon

Hand-painted on plywood, 25cm. Thinking about how fragile a child's soul can be, this motive speaks of trust and quiet...
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1950er Ravi-Kunst: Little Sailor Boy

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. Wooden wall figures on water are rare, but they do exist. Kleur en Profiel and Mertens-Kunst...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Raven Child on Wide Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Normally ravens are shown on wood pictures when depicting the fairy tale "The Seven Ravens".
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: “Little Haverman with Sun”

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Theodor Storm wrote the story "Little Haverman" in 1849 for his own child. Later it became famous....
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cradle Children on Red Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. A red base, that's rare. The color scheme's beautiful here, what with the yellow bedspread and the...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Dot Pajamas

Hand-painted on 3mm-quality-plywood. Lisa Viertel loved Polka Dots. She tailored her own clothes, a polka dot dress and a polka...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Smiling Pied Piper of Hamelin

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm. Red clothes are typical for the rat catchers, but the green hat is quite unique. Typical...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Rumpelstiltskin

Hand-painted on plywood. (Rumplestiltskin)
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Sleeping Beauty in Red Dress

Hand-painted on plywood, 21cm. I love Lisa Viertel's layer look. You can tell she was a tailor, too!
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Turban Sandman with Jacket

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and nice thick colors. Rather rare with his turban and somewhat oriental appearance.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Turban Sandman with Cape

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Look at the great shape of this wood figure, and then imagine this: It was produced in...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cape Dwarf with Blue Flower

Hand-painted on plywood. (Z/2 Zwerg mit Blume / dwarf with flower / Dwarf stamp)
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Snow White with Powder Pink Tunic

Hand-painted on plywood. There are two versions of this Snow White, one with light blue tunic and one with light...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Snow White with Light Blue Tunic

Hand-painted on plywood. There are two versions of this Snow White, one with light blue tunic and one with light...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Bald Apple Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known almost 10 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Snow White with Kneeling Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. No, this is not the only Ravi-Kunst Snow White! I have seen about 10 different versions so...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: 7 Miles Boy on Green Base

Hand-painted on 3mmm-plywood with lots of varnish. This is rather early Ravi-Kunst. You can see the juggling dwarf on the...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Brave Little Tailor without Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-quality-plywood. The huge scissors are perfectly painted! Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale, KHM 20.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Thumbelina in Walnut Shell ⭐️

Hand-painted on 4mm-plywood with much varnish. ("Ravi-Kunst Handarbeit M/18 Däumelinchen")
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Snow-White and Rose-Red with Bear

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with varnish. There is a Snow White and Rose Red by Hellerkunst. Look it up, the bear...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Hare and the Hedgehog with Goal-Post

Hand-painted on plywood. ("GF/1 Wettlauf running match / 4.20 Ravi-Kunst" with juggling dwarf. / Only stamps, no paper slip)
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: The Little Match Girl

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood with shiny varnish. A fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. ("The girl with the matchsticks").
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Struwwelpeter with Belt Fingers

Hand-painted on plywood. The classic Struwwelpeter in Ravi-Kunst style. (Shock Headed Peter // Heinrich Hoffmann).
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Hans Look in the Air

Hand-painted on plywood. There are a couple of wall figures of the Struwwelpeter himself, but rarely any of the other...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf with Giant Candle

Very rare, hand-pained on wood. Candles on wall figures are always pretty!
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Key Rack Dwarf with Gentian

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. ("KL/2 Zwerg mit Enzian / dwarf with gentian" / with juggling dwarf / stamps only).
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Weather Prophet Dwarf with Toadstool Hat

Hand-painted on wood, thick colors with varnish. Great color scheme with red, yellow and three shades of green. It is...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf on Toadstool without Ears

Hand-painted on plywood. Fly agaric mushrooms are very popular, and this one is breathtaking! The mushroom is smiling and he...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf with Toadstool on his Arm

Hand-painted on plywood. There are at least four different Ravi-Kunst dwarfs with the same color scheme: Light blue dwarf, red...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf with Brushwood Broom

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. I like the old fashioned brushwood broom!
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Pipe Dwarf on Blue Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Colorful bases are rarer than the normal brown ones.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Large Sleeping Dwarf under Toadstool

Hand-painted on plywood. You do not really see it here, but this is a rather large wood picture by Ravi-Kunst.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Dwarf Presenting a Red Toadstool

Hand-painted on plywood. Count the eyes! No joke, that really makes a big difference in German Wall Figures. Most are...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Angry Dwarf with Little Bunny

Hand-painted on wood with thick paint and a thick layer of varnish. A cute motive and rare, too.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Bunny Wagon Dwarf on Wide Base

Hand-painted on plywood. The bunny racer by Ravi-Kunst came in different versions. This one was supposed to be on top...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Bald Dwarf with Leaf

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known 9 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new variations...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Dwarf with Sack

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known 9 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new variations...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Dwarf with Back Lantern

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known 9 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new variations...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Grinning Little Axe Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known 9 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new variations...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Flower Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. I have known 9 different Ravi-Kunst Snow Whites so far. Which each new design came new variations...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cocker Spaniel Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Lisa Vietel called him "Cockie"! ("Ravi-Kunst handgemalt HT/9 Cockie" / Dwarf stamp and paper stripe).
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Friendly Blue Max Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on plywood. Max and Motitz are the bad boys by Wilhelm Busch. I love it that Ravi-Kunst only did...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: 7 Parts Jumping Jack Harlequin Purzel

Hand-painted on plywood. Seven Parts is much for a Ravi-Kunst jumping jack. Normally you've got the body plus arms and...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Mushroom Dwarf Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on plywood. A lucky dwarf with the fly agaric hat and the lucky clover! ("Pilzmaennchen")
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Crazy Jumping Jack Duck

Hand-painted on plywood. This duck is a rather unique design, I have only seen it by Ravi-Kunst so far.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Yellow Hat Jumping Jack

Hand-painted on plywood. All the jumping jacks by Ravi-Kunst had great quality! They all had solid metal joints. I have...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Blue Mister Punch Jumping Jack with Green Apron

Hand-painted on plywood. This Mister Punch was produced it in different color variations. I like it very much. ("Ravi-Kunst Handgemalt...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Blue Apron Mister Punch Jumping Jack with Frilly Collar

Hand-painted on plywood. This one is so perfect it seems to have been a special order. His history: He had...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Mister Punch Jumping Jack with Red Apron

Hand-painted on plywood. This Mister Punch seems to have been quite successfull, Ravi produced it in different color variations. I...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Mister Punch Jumping Jack with Orange Apron

Hand-painted on plywood. Sometimes you'll find little paper slips with numbers and letters on Ravi-Kunst's backsides, and they are really...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cute Bunny Jumping Jack with Chick Apron

Hand-painted on plywood. It’s double cute: The bunny and the little chick on the apron.
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Schelm in Blue Butterfly Blouse

Hand-painted on plywood. All the jumping jacks by Ravi-Kunst had great quality! Each had solid metal joints. I have not...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Moon Man Jumping Jack with Single Star

Hand-painted on plywood. Plywood is used for wall figures in order not to get warped wood. A definitive Ravi-Kunst highlight!...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Wooden Sailor Jumping Jack of the S.S. United States

Hand-painted on plywood, 18cm height. Die USL "SS USA" was a Transatlantic Passenger Liner between New York and Europe from...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Little Boy Rocking Horse Boy

Hand-painted on plywood. You can divide the motives of the children's wood pictures era in "fairy tale/no fairy tale". It's...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Big Head

Hand-pained on 3mm-plywood. ("Ravi-Kunst Handgemalt Hamburg" / Only one stamp, no paper stripe)
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: 7 Miles Boots Boy without Base

Hand-painted on 3mmm-plywood. Polka dot accessories became popular from the 1950s, especially those with fly agaric mushroom colors like this...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Cheeky Jumping Jack Sister 2.

Hand-painted on plywood, 26cm. This wood figure reminds of happy girls in the fifties or sixties. The war years were...
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1950s Ravi-Kunst: Girl with Kitten and Ball of Wool

Hand-painted on plywood, 12cm HĂśhe. This was supposed to become part of a children's coat rack.
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Kneeling Cinderella without Base

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. This is a beautiful light blue / dark blue color scheme, completed with Cinderella's blond hair. The...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Red Hair Sleeping Beauty without Base

Hand-painted on plywood. In the 1960s childlike facial features appeared on many fairy tale wood pictures. That meant a bigger...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst Frog King Princess in Dot Dress

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Everything by Ravi-Kunst was handmade in Germany.
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Red Goose Girl without Base

Hand-painted on plywood. One of the great success wall figures were the red-blue goose girls. First with, later without base....
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Puss in Boots with Yellow Tunic

Again the larger heads starting from the 1960s (childlike facial features, called Kindchenschema in Germany, and yes, it is a...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Hans in Luck without Base

Hand-painted on plywood, 23cm. From the 1960s onwards there was a tendency to show the faces on fairy tale wood...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Pinetree Girl with Flower

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. There are two pinetree girls by Ravi: One with a flower, one with a bunny. They are...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Little Red Riding Hood in Holland Shoes

Hand-painted on plywood. This is a very unique identifier: I only know of one Little Red Riding Hood in Holland...
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Light Blue Star Money Girl

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. ("M/6 Sterntaler star-thaler" / Stamp only)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Gold Ass with Kneeling Boy

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. (The Wishing Table)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Max and Moritz on One Leg

Hand-painted on plywood. (Wilhelm Busch)
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1960s Ravi-Kunst: Blue Dwarf Jumping Jack with Belt Axe

Hand-painted on wood with thick colors and much varnish. The title „Wichtelmaennchen“ means a cute dwarf, but this cute dwarf...
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