5. Early RAVI-Kunst
5. June 2020
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.