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1971 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1971 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1971 Christmas plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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Hummel Mother’s Day 1972 Plate $9.99
Click Here for Product Details! Nice plate by Schmid Bros. of West Germany, this has a cute boy carrying drafting instruments and what looks like a backpack. This is one of Sister Berta Hummel’s designed figures and has the authentication on the back.
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1972 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1972 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1972 Christmas plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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1974 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1974 Hummel Christmas Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1974 Christmas plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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1975 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1975 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1974 Mother’s Day plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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1976 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1976 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1976 Mother’s Day plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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1977 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1977 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1971 Mother’s Day plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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 Hummel

    Berta Hummel was a famous German artist 1909 - 1946. She was also known as nun Maria Innocentia Hummel and was Sister of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Siessen Convent, Salgau, Germany, in the swabian alps. She is most famous for the artwork which was the inspiration for the Hummel figurines. Born in Massing, Bavaria, she grew up among a family of two brothers and three sisters in a home where music and art were a part of everyday life. She attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich in 1927 and entered the Franciscan Convent of Siessen in Bad Saulgau after she graduated in 1931. She spent her spare time painting pictures of children, which were made into popular postcards. Soon afterward, Franz Goebel, the owner of a porcelain company, saw the artwork. The convent granted him permission to make figurines based on Hummel's art. Goebel started production of the figurines under the authorization of the convent of Siessen and the first Hummel figurines were sold in 1935 and were an instant hit. . The figurines are all based on the drawings and paintings of children by sister Hummel and are made out of porcelain. The body is bisque fired, dipped in glaze, and painted using oil and turpentine based colors which contain metallic oxides as pigments.
   In 1937, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel  published a painting titled "The Volunteers", which drew the enduring hatred of Adolf Hitler; one Nazi magazine wrote of her work: "there is no place in the ranks of German artists for the likes of her. No, the 'beloved Fatherland' cannot remain calm when Germany's youth are portrayed as brainless sissies."

  Sister Hummel died at age 37 from tuberculosis. She was buried in the convent cemetery. Goebel, his team of artists, and the other nuns carried on her legacy through the figurines, all of which are based on her artwork. Even though many of the newer ones are dressed to look more contemporary, they are still popular and well-known all over the world.

    Though much of the art was done in the 1930s, the newer figurines have adopted a more contemporary appearance. In addition to figurines of children, there are figurines of saints - a stylistic departure from the figurines of playful children. There are also figurines that depict cartoon characters like Bart Simpson and Snoopy.

   Goebel announced on 2008-06-18 that the Hummel line was to be discontinued and production ceased as of October 2008. However on 2009-02-09 it was announced that Manufaktur Rodental GmbH, planned to resume M.I. Hummel production in February 2009. Rodental a newly founded company by investors, initially planned to start with around 30 employees.

   For information on Hummel figurines vist the following link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummel_figurines

 Goebel Porzellanfabrik

and

The Hummelwerk 

 

The Hummelwerk was the name of the factory  distributer of Hummel figurines in the USA. It was a fully owned subsidiary of W.Goebel Porzellanfabrik located in Rodental, West GermanyFranz Detleff and William Goebel founded the company in 1871, initially producing toy marbles, slates, and slate pencils. W.Goebel Porzellanfabrik is the name behind figurines found on collectors' shelves around the world.

 In 1934 Franz Goebel conceived the idea of producing figurines based on the drawings of Sister Hummel and secured permission from her and the convent to begin production. The first Hummel figurines were produced in 1935. During WW II production of Hummel figurines were severely limited  due to the Nazi government policies. (one Nazi magazine wrote of her work: "there is no place in the ranks of German artists for the likes of her. No, the 'beloved Fatherland' cannot remain calm when Germany's youth are portrayed as brainless sissies." ). By the end of the war production had ceased completely.

After the war the during the American occupation the United States Military Occupation Government allowed the firm to resume production. The figurines became very popular among US forces members and in turn they brought that enthuiasm for Hummels back to to the USA. Figures produced during this period (1946 - 1948)were marked 'US Zone Germany' or 'US Zone' in addition to the other marks found on these figurines.

 

The company today designs and manufactures porcelain and earthenware products. Goebel's collectible figurines and tableware, which are based on various artists' renderings and made by on-site artisans, draw visitors from near and far to the company's factory in Bavaria. Its products are also sold through retailers around the world and through its e-commerce Web site.  In 2007, Merrill Lynch and Strategic Value Partners took over ownership of the company after it became insolvent.

 

 

 

 

1978 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1978 Hummel Mother’s Day Plate by Schmid. Almost 8" in diameter this is the 1971 Christmas plate featuring the the art of Sister Berta Hummel.
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Goebel "Bullfinch" Wildlife Fourth Edition Plate $25
Click Here for Product Details! Goebel "Bullfinch" Wildlife Fourth Edition Plate. Beautiful plate with sculpted 3D bullfinch sitting on a bullrush looking plant. This is a vivid and realistic looking image of a bullfinch due to the sculpted relief creation of this plate by the makers of Hummel figurines. This plate was $50.00 when issued in 1977.
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Goebel "Barn Owl" Wildlife third Edition plate $25
Click Here for Product Details! Goebel "Barn Owl" Wildlife Third Edition Plate. Beautiful plate with sculpted 3D barn owl sitting on a budding tree branch. Like Wedgwood Jasperware this plate is finished with a non reflective almost matte finish. This plate was $50.00 when issued in 1976.
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.....SOLD.....Goebel portrait of Georg Gisze by Hans Holbein Plate $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! Goebel ’Portrait of Georg Gisze’ by Hans Holbein plate. Hans Holbein was court appointed painter to Henry VIII in 1536. This plate has no marks other than the blue Goebel West Germany mark on the back. The original of this painting hangs (or did hang) in the Deutches Museum in Berlin. It is 8 1/2" in diameter.
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.....SOLD.....Hummell figurine ’Chimney Sweep’ 12/2/0 $100
Hummell figurine ’Chimney Sweep’ 12/2/0. Adorable little ’sooty’ marked with the full bee in green. This large bee mark was used until 1956 when the bee became smaller and was lowered inside the ’V’.
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.....SOLD.....Hummel figurine ’Accordian Boy’ number 185 $100.
Hummel ’Accordian Boy’ Goebel made M.I. Hummel figurine first originated from 1947. Number 185. Small stylized bee and one line mark. Between 1960 and 1972.
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.....SOLD.....Hummel figurine ’Little Fiddler’ number 4 $200
Hummel figurine ’Little Fiddler’ number 4. This one incorporates the small full bee mark so appears to be from the 50s. Very nice!
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