Hummel Figurine History

Franz Goebel began making his porcelain in Germany in 1876. After being establishing the company in the porcelain industry, Goebel’s son expanded the products they offered, expanded their markets to include America, and changed the company name to W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik.

Fast forward to the 1930s with the world in growing turmoil, and the founding father, Franz Goebel, became interested in offering the world art that reflected the gentle innocence of childhood. Mr. Goebel was introduced to the artwork Franciscan Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, who drew depictions of charming, country children for popular art cards.

Goebel contacted Sister Hummel with clay models based on her drawings. Sister Hummel and her convent, Convent of Siessen, granted exclusive rights to Goebel to produce ceramic figurines based on her artwork. She was consulted and had to approve each porcelain piece. They agreed that earthenware, pioneered by Goebel a decade earlier, would be the best suited medium for the Hummel figurine product line.

Sister Hummel worked personally with Goebel’s Master artists to create the figurines which were first introduced in 1935. Hummel and Goebel continued their business relationship Sister Hummel died an early death at age 37 in 1946. Her artistry is continued to this day with new Hummel pieces being produced as collectible items.


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