Goebel "Bullfinch" Wildlife Fourth Edition Plate
A misty blue rim highlights this bird even more. It is marked on the bottom "W.Goebel - Porzellanfabrik"
"Wildlife Fourth Edition"
"No4 Bullfinch Pyrrhula Pyrrhula"
"Rodental - West- Germany"
"Goebel W.Germany" (with the Goebel V and bee)
"Not To Be Used For Food"
I have another plate on sale which is the "Barn Owl" (Wildlife 3rd Edition). Both are 7 1/2" in diameter
A Creative Heritage
More than a century has passed since Franz Detleff Goebel and his son William founded F&W Goebel on January 30, 1871. Originally, the company produced slates, slate pencils and toy marbles, but soon it expanded into the production of pitchers, pots, coffee sets and other useful china tableware. The first factory, at the base of Coburg Castle, became the cornerstone of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, as the firm is known today.
Through far-sighted planning, exploring new and uncharted avenues, adopting unique methods, and modernizing traditional approaches, the house of Goebel developed rapidly.
The 20th century began a new era, and the F & W Goebel Company contributed to it by introducing porcelain figurines. This was the firm's first step in its climb to international fame. When Franz Detleff died in 1909, his son expanded the family enterprise with flair. William concentrated on the export market, and the demand for Goebel products throughout the world proved him astute in doing so. One of the largest markets for the firm has been, and is today, the U.S.A. Max Louis Goebel, William's son, had tremendous creative talent, coupled with a subtle intuition for marketing. His unique ideas were well received and helped expand the Goebel collections considerably. With the introduction of many unusual items, Max Louis Goebel was nicknamed "Novelty Goebel" at the Leipzig Fairs where he was constantly sought out by buyers. Needless to say, we remain proud of this name today.
Starting in 1929, great strides were made to incorporate technical improvements and expand the production facilities of the company. The manufacture of fine earthenware products, including figurines, began. It was also in 1929 that Franz Goebel, with his mother Frida and his brother-In-law, Dr. Eugen Stocke, began their successful direction of the firm. And, in 1935, the three-dimensional adaptations of Sister M.I. Hummel's sketches were introduced. Now the charming handcrafted "M.I. Hummel" figurines are cherished proudly by an ever-growing community of devoted collectors throughout the world.
The growth of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik was hardly disturbed in the wartime and postwar years. When Franz Goebel died in 1969, he left a well-established group of enterprises with subsidiaries and affiliates both in Germany and abroad. After the 125th anniversary in 1996, today's motto for the fifth and sixth generation, Wilhelm and Messrs Christian Goebel as well as Ulrich and Detlev Stocke, is: "Linked to the past - prepared for today - shaping the future." The distinctive Trademarks "Goebel" and "M.I. Hummel" are internationally respected symbols of value in the porcelain figurine trade around the world.
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