M.I. Hummel FAQs
M.I. Hummel bisque porcelain figurines are hand crafted and hand painted by highly skilled artisans whoa re trained by W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik in a three year apprentice program. The manufacturing process has remained fundamentally unchanged since they were launched in 1935.
The production time varies according to the size and complexity of each figure. For example, a six inch figurine may require as many as 700 hand operations and take several weeks to complete.
W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik has been making M.I. Hummel figurines in Rodental, Germany since 1935.
Are all M.I. Hummel figurines based on the art of Sister M.I. Hummel even though she is no longer living?
Yes. Goebel artisans still interpret these figurines from a wealth of Sister M.I. Hummel’s artwork that will provide new subjects for many years.
Authentic figurines must have incised M.I. Hummel signature on the base and a Goebel backstamp under the base. Reference books such as the No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel can assist in this process.
All M.I. Hummel figurines must have either an air hole or a hole under the base of the figurines to allow air to escape when the figurines are fired.
While there is a secondary market for M.I. Hummel figurines, prices have varied over the years. The No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel by Robert Miller can help you determine the age and value of you M.I. Hummel collectables.
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel and the Convent of Siessen. In 1934 a licensing agreement was signed when porcelain manufacturer Franz Goebel saw Sister M.I. Hummel’s endearing drawings. He proposed to the Convent and Sister Maria that her artwork be translated into three-dimensional ceramic form. The first figurines were introduced in 1935.
The Convent still approves every M.I. Hummel figurines before Goebel can begin production. The royalties the Convent continues to receive from Goebel endow charities and benevolent programs throughout the world.
There are approximately 500 different three-dimensional motifs, including figurines, plates, bells, holy water fonts, Madonnas, ash trays, boxes and lamps. From time to time, some of these are temporarily withdrawn from production or retired from production completely. Others are limited editions and are only available for a limited time. Because there is such a vast number of models, not all 500 can be available at all times.
“Retired” figurines are figurines which have been permanently removed from production. Goebel breaks the moulds for the figurines, and they are never made again. These figurines become rarer the longer they are retired. therefore, they are often sought by collectors.
Generally, restored figurines are not as desirable as perfect figurines on the secondary market. In addition, ceramic restoration can be quite costly and, therefore, should only be considered if the figurine is important to you personally. To find a qualified ceramic restorer, look in the Yellow Pages under ‘Ceramic Restoration’ and make sure you get an estimate on work before you let someone repair your piece.
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