Hummels are the best known line produced by Goebel. These cherubic characters have worldwide recognition.
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s drawings of children first appeared in the 1930s in Germany and Switzerland. The German art publisher Ars Sacra was involved in the early popularization of the art on postcards. Hummel’s “art cards” became popular throughout Germany, catching the eye of Franz Goebel, porcelain maker and head of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. Goebel acquired rights to turn Hummel’s drawings into figurines, producing the first line in 1935. Hummel motifs were sold in America at Marshall Field & Co., F. W. Woolworth and other American retailers. Following the end of World War II, the popularity of Hummel figurines grew as American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending the figurines home as gifts.
After Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s death in 1946, an Artistic Board was appointed at the Convent of Siessen as guardians of the legacy of Sister Hummel. Sister Hummel left behind a collection of drawings that Goebel uses today to produce new M. I. Hummel figurines.
Over the years Goebel has faced a number of financial woes which lead to filing for insolvency a number of times. In 2017 German entrepreneur Bernd Förtsch took over the brand and Hummel figurines continue to be produced in the original factory in Rödental, Germany, although manufacturing of Hummel figures has greatly diminished.
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