You've probably seen a hummel figurine atop somebody's fireplacea sweet child reading a book, playing music, or going about their daily task. These porcelain figurines embody the simple beauty of the early 20th century bavarian countryside. Conceived by sister maria innocentia hummela prolific german artist and franciscan nunthe first figurines were produced by franz goebel in 1935. After graduating with honors from the state school of applied arts in munich in 1931, berta joined the franciscan sisters of siessen, where she was given the name of maria innocentia. In the early 1930s, hummel's drawings were published as postcards by munich-based publisher ars sacra.They soon caught the eye of franz goebelmaster porcelain maker and owner of the w. Goebel decided to render hummel's drawings as porcelain figurines. Hummel agreed, reserving the right to choose the official color palette and approve every single figurine.
When the nazi regime came into power, all religious schools, including the sisters of siessen, were closed down. Hummel was personally attacked for her art.
The hummel figurines were banned in germany and goebel was forced to cease production. How to identify authentic hummel. Each goebel-produced figurine is stamped with the company logo.