[ART NOUVEAU NURSERY FIGURES] KRAMER, Willi (illustrator). Hand-painted wooden nursery plaques. Circa 1910.
A collection of 6 wonderful hand-painted, and fine quality, children's nursery decorations hand-crafted from wood (largest 350 x 255mm) representing the Pied Piper of Hamelin and 5 female figures, each with a leather metal-riveted tab to the reverse, for hanging, including two women in Mediaeval dress, one with a babe in arms and the other accompanied by 2 gnomes; a goose girl in contemporary dress; a girl with a fawn at her feet, and another with a small bird, all with the maker's stamp to the reverse, 'Willi Kramer Atelier, Für Porträt und Bildnismalerei Buchgraphik und Kunstgewerbe'; with some discoloration and dulling to surface varnish but overall in lovely condition with a rich patina of age.
The elegant figures are all drawn with a slim, attenuated, and stylish line characteristic of late Art Nouveau artwork at the turn of the last century as exhibited by the Glasgow and Viennese Schools, being reminiscent of artists such as Jessie M. King and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Willi Kramer goes untraced.