Hummel figurines are porcelain figurines that are modelled after drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel.
History & Description
Sister Maria Innocentia was a Bavarian nun who spent most of her free time completing pastoral pictures of children. These drawings caught the attention of Franz Goebel, porcelain maker and owner of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, who believed that they would be ideal for a new line of figurines. Having acquired the rights to her drawings, Goebel produced the first line of figurines in 1935.
The figurines proved exceptionally popular, particularly following the end of World War II, when they were sent home as gifts from American soldiers stationed in West Germany.
Hummel figurines continued to be produced by Franz Goebel’s company until 2008 when the line was acquired by Manufaktur Rödental.
Guide for collectors
They have been highly popular collectible items since they were first manufactured in 1935. There are over 1,000 different models and many can sell for thousands of dollars at auction.
Collectors should be aware that numerous companies have produced Hummel figurines. In order to determine if you have a genuine Goebel product, then you should look for the official Goebel trademark on the underside of the piece. Also, every authentic version should have a raised or incised signature from Sister I. M.H .on its base.
For more information, collectors should visit the official collectors’ club, founded in 1977.
Notable auction sales
On October 11th 2008 at Burns White Galleries in Tampa, Florida, a collection of 36 figurines, including 3 original 1935 editions, realised a price of $2,000.
On May 15th 2005 at Phoebus Auction Gallery in Hampton, Virginia, a large Adventure Bound figurine realised a price of $1,900.
On June 10th 2010 at Keystone State Auctioneers Inc. in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a Ring Around the Rosie figurine, circa 1957-1986, realised a price of $1,600.
On April 30th 2001 at O’Gallerie in Portland, Oregon, a Good Shepherd figurine realised a price of $1,200.