Vintage Swiss Pull Toys by Antonio Vitali

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Good educational toys stimulate the child towards creative play. In play, the child immerses itself in a dream-world created by its own fantasy. In play, the child makes its experiences and stimulates it thoughts, desires, delights, and dislikes. There are two types of thinking: the creative imaginary and the observing logical. Both are stimulated in child’s play. Good toys have to contain the possibility for the child to develop emotionally and intellectually. ~Antonio Vitali

Quintessentia has a wonderful collection of vintage toys by Swiss toy designer Antonio Vitali. His carved wooden toys often only suggested shapes and left the exact defining up to the children. Achieving international fame after partnering with Creative Playthings in 1954, adults often found his toys not realistic enough while children were fascinated by them–his abstract figures challenged children’s imagination.

  • suprlipopette

    So lovely !

  • Ariana

    Hello::My grandfather was Frank Caplan, the founder of Creative Playthings. How lovely to see these familiar Vitali toys on your lovely site! Thank you for sharing them. I am so glad I found you here! Cheers!

  • handmade charlotte

    Wow–I'd love to hear more about that! I'm amazed by how much he was able to accomplish. Love your blog, by the way!

  • Wooden Toys

    I have come across this with my own kids. I don’t think a toy is “realistic” or technically accurate, but my kids love it.

  • Jennie Brown

    I have found what I believe to be an original Antonio Vitali wooden toy car.  It is in fair condition with obvious usage by the wrong people.  I am interested in selling it or having it cleaned up a bit.  I saw one go for over $400 on Ebay.  Please contact me at: to discuss it with me.

  • henrique

    Hello j have in my ownership of the puzzles vitali toys nine in packaging d orige I would want to know this he(it) are rare and one til of values in l attene to read to you sinsere greetings mail