5. Early RAVI-Kunst

RAVI-Kunst was a 1940ies to 1970ies manufacturer of German Wall Figures located in Hamburg, in the north of Germany. Besides the Wall Plaques there were also very lovely jumping jacks. 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. The name Ravi-Kunst comes from the surnames of the two young women who founded it, Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. About dating the figures: When Lisa Viertel had produced on her own (from late 1930s), she used a paper stripe on the back. After she and Erna Rath founded Ravi-Kunst, the products got stamps. My guess is that the old products Lisa Viertel still had also got the “new” Ravi-Kunst stamp.

On this page you’ll find the early products with the juggling dwarf stamp on the back. Most of them also still wear the white paper stripe with the wall figures’s name on the back.

Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon in Blue Nightshirt by Ravi-Kunst 1940s, 17cm (M22)

Hand-Painted Details: Half Moon Brunette Hair Hight Blue Barefoot (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon with Anneli: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 17cm

Hand-painted on plywood. Details: Blond Hair Girl Little Sister Half Moon (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique...
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Winter Child with Snowman: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 22cm (JM/4)

Hand-painted on plywood. Details: Boy Girl Broom Grey Base Cap Forties Lisa Viertel Erna Rath (Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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1940s Ravi-Kunst: Small Flower Dwarf / Hand-Painted 14 cm

Details: Gnome Hamburg Art Lisa Viertel Erna Rath Handmade (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Baby Pink Sleeping Beauty with Base / Hand-Painted

Details: Brothers Grimm Beautiful Spinning Wheel Lisa Viertel Erna Rath (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Baby Pink Star Angel: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 18cm

Hand-painted on plywood. This angel still has the paper stripe of the early Ravi years. Details: Cloud Wings Light Pink...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Max and Moritz in Frontal View / Hand-Painted 21+22 cm

Details: Wilhelm Busch Funny Hair Antique Toy Hamburg Lisa Viertel Erna Rath (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Seven Miles Boots on Green Base / Hand-Painted 22 cm

On the back there is the name Little Thumb. This is rather early Ravi-Kunst. You can see the juggling dwarf...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Pipe Dwarf on Blue Base / Hand-Painted

Details: Pipesmoker Erna Rath Lisa Viertel (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Old)
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s “November” Knitting Candle Girl / Hand-Painted 22 cm

Details: Vintage Night Light Polka Dots Endearing Vintage Toy (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Key Holder Dwarf with Chick / Hand-Painted 15 cm height

Details: Cape Flute Key Holder Gnome Lightblue (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Pied Piper of Hamelin / Hand-Painted 24 cm

Details: Flute Brothers Grimm German Legend Rat Rats (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Small Apple Dwarf with Bag / Hand-Painted 14 cm

Details: Polka Dots Beard Gnome Cute Lisa Viertel Erna Rath (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Raven Child as Coat Hanger Top / Hand-Painted 13 cm height

Details: Rabe Baumstamm Garderobe Bluse Reizend (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery Old)
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Bunny Wagon Dwarf: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 14x23cm

Handgemalt auf Schichtholz / Sperrholz. Details: Hare Wheelbarrow Funny Meadow Gnome (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique...
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Key Holder Dwarf with Gentian / 1940s Ravi-Kunst 15cm

Hand-painted on plywood. Details: Flower Gnome Antique Toy Key Holder Antique Toy (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Hare and the Hedgehog “Running Match” / Hand-Painted 25 cm

With additional side painting. Details: Goal Post Cool Pipe Red Vest Juggling Dwarf Stamp (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Large Apple Dwarf / Hand-Painted 21 cm

Details: Green Base, Naked Legs, Hoodie Dress (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage Nursery...
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Sunflower Child with Ladybug: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 24cm

Hand-painted on plywood. Details: Sunflower Flower Lightblue Dress Beautiful (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Snail Dwarf as Key Holder / 14×19 cm / Hand-Painted

Lisa Viertel and Erna Rath designed many key holders, most of them dwarfs. Details: Green Base, Gnome, Naked Legs. (German...
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RAVI-Kunst: 1950s Loving Bunny Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. 21 cm height. (German Wall Figure Märchen Holz Bild Tierfreund Animal Friend Gnome...
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HAHA (RAVI-Kunst): 1940s Jumping Jack “Mady”

Hand-painted on plywood with additional side painting. The design is by Lisa Vierel, but the name on the back is...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Snow White with Green Dwarf / Hand-Painted

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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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Little Sack Dwarf / 15 cm / Hand-Painted

You can feel the paint layers. That was typical of Lisa Viertel, the Co-founder and designer of Hamburg RAVI-Kunst. She...
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Orange Flute Dwarf: 1940s Ravi-Kunst 13cm

Hand-painted on plywood. Attribute: Bald Gnome Slippers Handicraft Hamburg Lisa Viertel Erna Rath (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture...
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RAVI-Kunst: 1940s Puss in Boots with Bloomer Pants

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 21 cm. Very early RAVI-Kunst with paper stripe on the back: "M/26". Attributes: Grey cat, Green...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Yellow Frog King with High Collar Dress / 23 cm / Hand-Painted

Details: Brothers Grimm Hamburg Craft Polka Dots Cute Funny (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Light Blue Flower Fairy / Hand-Painted

It belongs to the four seasons series. This is one of the most beautiful wood pictures by Ravi-Kunst. ("J/1 Frühling...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Winter Girl with Snowman / Hand-Painted

The two Ravi women produced a seasons series, this is the winter motive. I like her fluffy and rounded clothes,...
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Golden Key Girl: 1940s Ravi-Kunst (Our Lady’s Child M/36)

With this beautiful and somewhat sad 1940er Golden Key Child I want to thank one of the wonderful artists of...
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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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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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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Jumping Jack Cat 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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1940s RAVI-Kunst: 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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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Picture Frame with Ravi Jumping Jacks / Hand-Painted

All the jumping jacks by RAVI-Kunst had great quality! Each was hand-painted and had solid metal joints. I have not...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Lisa Viertel and Erna Rath in their Studio

The name Ra-Vi comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath (right) and Lisa Viertel (left).
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RAVI-Kunst: The Artist Lisa Viertel (1921 to 2019)

The Ravi-Kunst years were her happiest, she told a friend, although she parted from Ravi-Kunst in 1963, after almost 25...
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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: 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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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Mother Holle with Heart Window / Hand-Painted

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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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Garden Girl with China Hat / 23 cm / Hand-Painted

On the back is a label sticker with "Little Red Riding Hood", which is obviously a mistake. Or there was...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Nightshirt Girl by the Cradle / Hand-Painted

Look at the beautiful colors and the tenderness of this wood picture! Lisa Viertel drew those round and fluent lines....
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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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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Autumn Child with Umbrella / 21 cm / Hand-Painted

The big red umbrella makes a nice contrast to the autumn colors and the rain. ("J/3 Herbst autumn") (German Wall...
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Ravi-Kunst: 1940s Midsommer Night Children / Hand-Painted

Details: Seasons Series Summer Party Hairwreath Flowerwreath Scandinavia (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy Fretwork Vintage...
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Ravi-Kunst: 1930s Wheel Barrow Dwarf with Fly Agaric Mushrooms / Hand-Painted

This is a key hanger - Ravi produced many differnt ones. A rather grotesque dwarf, with his naked head and...
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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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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: “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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Ravi-Kunst: 1950s Bowing Puss in Boots / 21 cm / Hand-Painted

Details: Brothers Grimm Yellow Messenger Bag Old Fashioned Feather Hat (German Wall Figure Fairy Tale Wood Picture Handicraft Antique Toy...
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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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Hans in Luck with Turtleneck: 1950s Ravi-Kunst 22cm

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: 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. Cute and rare. Height: 13 cm. It was supposed to become a part of a children's coat...
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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Pinetree Girl with Moon and Bunny

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

Hand-painted on plywood, 24cm.
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1940s RAVI-Kunst: Bib Boy on Green Base

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 20 cm.
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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: Light Blue Rumpelstiltskin

Hand-painted on plywood. (Rumplestiltskin)
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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: Pregnant 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: Pregnant 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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1940s 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: 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: Dwarf with Large Candle

Very rare, hand-pained on wood. Candles on wall figures are always pretty!
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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Jumping Jack with Yellow Hat

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: Girl with Kitten and Ball of Wool

Hand-painted on plywood, 12cm Höhe. This was supposed to become part of a children's coat rack. (Child)
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