FAIRY TALE WOOD PICTURES IN THE GDR

The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a lot of traditional folk art items such as wooden nutcrackers, small wooden angels and of course our Fairy Tale Wood Plaques. They copied a lot from other, western world manufacurers, especcially Heller Kunst and Mertens Kunst.

Some of the craft items were produced very beautifully, some were not. A few artists however seem to have found motives of their own.

1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Cinderella with Blond Braid and Jug

I love this Cinderella by Edelholz Freiberg. I have not found this motive being done by any other manufactury. It...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Blue Cinderella Sitting on a Stove

Margarethe Edel was the artist behind Edelholz Freiberg which was named after her and her city. This Cinderella is one...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Little Brother and Little Sister with Pine Trees and Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Hand-painted on wood with varnish, a nice thick color layer. You see this version quite often, it was copied very...
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The most touching Dedication of them all! ❤️

You find the translation below, and yes, there really are these endearing grammar mistakes which I put into the translation...
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1950s WEHA ☆ Sleeping Beauty with Pink Coat Dress and Roses

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Mother Holle’s Golden Daughter in Light Blue Dress

There are other words for this girl: Good Daughter or Golden Mary. I like the the beautiful light colors and...
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1960s GDR / Ore Mountains ✧ Red Frog King Princess with Well and Gloves

A rather unusual Frog King, the princess is wearing gloves and her dress reminds a bit of underwear. I like...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Frog King Princess in Brown Striped Dress

An elegant frog king princess! I have known this design with brown dress and with light blue dress!
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1950s Drei Tannen Olbernhau ☆ Frog King with Golden Ball Princess

Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood. Wonderful haptics, you can feel the paint layers.
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1950s GDR / VEB Dresden-Meißen ✧ Puss in Boots with Partridge and Cast Shaddow

Hand-painted on wood with varnish and rare. Very unusual too: Look at the many shadows! Normally, the DDR=GDR wall figures...
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1960s Werkstätten Olbernhau ✧ Grey Puss in Boots Bowing very Deep

I like the color scheme. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Weha ☆ Naked White Puss in Boots (Ore Mountains)

The WEHA letters are for "Werkstätten Haupt" (Fritz Haupt) from the Ore Mountains. When the GDR took over, the owner...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ 3D Hansel and Gretel with Witch’s House

Very unusual! It has really got a second layer of plywood. I like the "huge" bell flowers in baby pink...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Hansel and Gretel with Shoulder Hand

01I have known two identic versions of this design, the first stamped on the back with "Edelholz Freiberg" and the...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Hansel and Gretel with Pointing Hand

I like this wood picture because it's an original idea of Edelholz Freiberg. In the 1960s and 1970s the GDR...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Cute Hans in Luck with Red Scarf (With Date: 21.4.1965)

Here we see Hans in Luck as a child. On a different version by Edelholz Freiberg he is an adult....
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Little Singer Girls in Powder Pink and Light Blue Dresses

The manufactury Edelholz Freiberg belonged to Margarethe Edel. The GRD government took it from the owner and made it a...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Happy New Year Boy with Lucky Clover

Most likely an original Margarethe Edel design. Clever not to choose the black hat! Now it doesn't look too much...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Freezing Boy on Snowball Base

This is a copy of the 1930s Hellerkunst Winter Boy. Yes, it's a copy, but a good one. Still so...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Small Cradle Child with Pink Canopy

Cradle wood pictures used to be popular back then. I've also known them by Mertens, Heller and Ravi. I love...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Warning Candle Child in White Dress (Ore Mountains)

This wooden wall figure got many likes on my Instagram account! It's a precious and rare motive by Edelholz Freiberg.
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Little Flower Girl in Light Blue Dress

I like the little-girls-series by Edelholz Freiberg. Margarethe Edel did copies of Mertens and Hellerkunst, but those cute little girls...
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1940s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Little Haverman with Cot and Moon

Margarethe Edel is the woman behind Edelholz Freiberg. This wall figure has no name on the back, but they style...
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1950s Edelholz-Freiberg ✧ Little Girl with Watering Can and Hair Scarf

One of the cute children wood pictures by Edelholz Freiberg. Hand-painted on 3mm-plywood.
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ☆ Little Gardener with Apron and Pot Plant

Many wood hangings depict children instead of fairy tales. Those were very popular, too. This little boy is hand-painted on...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Rat Catcher of Hamelin without Rats (Rat Catcher with Broken Flute)

My first guess was Seven Miles Boots, but his boots are not accentuated and he has the flute. And is...
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FAIRY TALE WOOD PICTURES IN THE GDR

The German Democratic Republic existed from 1949-1990. It was also called East Germany at that time. They produced a lot...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Very Cute Little Red Riding Hood with White Apron

One of the cutest Wolf Girls! I guess the design is by Margarethe Edel!
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Red Rumpelstiltskin with Fly Agaric Mushrooms (Rumplestiltskin)

Those very small fly agaric mushrooms / toadstools are typical of Edelholz Freiberg. Enter „Edelholz Freiberg“ in the search and...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Determined Snow White in Light Blue Dress

Someone who grew up in the GDR once told me this: Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, protesting in...
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Original and Copy: Pregnant Snow White with Longest Braid and Flower Dwarf

The left one is the original by Mertens-Kunst. The other one (Edelholz Freiberg) was produced in the Ore Mountains, during...
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1950s Weha ☆ White Snow White in Colorful Dwarf Circle

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1960s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Blue Star Money Girl on Pine Tree Base

This seems to be one of the original designs my Margarethe Edel, I have not seen it by other designers...
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1950s Weha ✧ Blue Star Money Girl with Yellow Coins (Ore Mountains)

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1950s VEB Olbernhau ✧ Brave Little Tailor with Scissors and Yellow Base (GDR)

This wall figure is a copy of the original version by Mertens-Kunst. My guess is that the heavy copying began...
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1950s WEHA ✧ The Brave Little Tailor with Murder Text Belt

It's a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The text says "I killed 7 at one go", not telling that it were...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Little Muck as Thumb Sucking Child

This wall figure shows the Little Muck in almost toddler age, huge head, sucking his thumb. Very unusual. Hand-painted on...
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1960s Weha ✧ Red Green Rapunzel with Floor Long Blond Braid

Early sceen print with added hand-painting. There are only a few designs of Rapunzel as German Wall Figure, this is...
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1960s WEHA ✧ The Little Muck with Magic Slippers and Town Base

WEHA stands for "Werkstaetten Haupt" founded by Fritz Haupt in 1946. Many of his fairy tale wood pictures were the...
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1950s Drei Tannen G (Ore Mountains ) ✧ Colorful Max and Moritz with Bow Shoes

I have never seen Max and Moritz (Bad Boys by Wilhelm Busch) with Bow Shoes before. This wall figure is...
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1950s Edelholz Freiberg ✧ Woodcutter Dwarf with Tree Stump

This is a rare wall figure by Edelholz Freiberg. I have never seen this woodcutter before. The colors are very...
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