5. Early RAVI-Kunst

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. RAVI-Kunst produced from 1941 to 1967. On this page you’ll find the products from Lisa Viertel’s early designs 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.

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 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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RAVI-Kunst: 1950s Little Sack Dwarf

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 15 cm. You can feel the paint layers. That was typical of Lisa Viertel, the founder...
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RAVI-Kunst: 1940s Orange Flute Dwarf

Age: 1940s. Producer: RAVI-Kunst Hamburg. Height: 13 cm. Hand-painted on plywood. The designer's name was Lisa Viertel; she also was...
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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: 1950s Light Blue Flower Fairy ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

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: Knitting Girl with Candle

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 22 cm. On the back: "JM/11" and Dwarf stamp.
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RAVI-Kunst: 1940s Winter Girl with Snowman ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

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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RAVI-Kunst: 1940s Sad Golden Key Child ❤️ GERMAN WALL FIGURE

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: 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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1940s RAVI-Kunst ♡ Picture Frame with Ravi Jumping Jacks

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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1940s RAVI-Kunst ♡ Lisa Viertel and Erna Rath in the Studio

The name RA-VI comes from the surnames of the founder ladies: Erna Rath and Lisa Viertel. Lisa Viertel (left) was...
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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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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: 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. ("J/3...
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1940s RAVI-Kunst Midsommer Children ♡ Hand-painted German Wooden Wall Figure

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: 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: 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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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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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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1950s RAVI-Kunst: Bowing Puss in Boots

Hand-painted on plywood. Height: 21 cm.
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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: 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: 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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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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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: 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: 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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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: Dwarf with Large 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: 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: 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: 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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