Goebel Hummel figurines are well-known collectibles, and a favorite among collectors worldwide. The earthenware figures, painted in warm colors, commonly feature children engaged in a variety of innocent, childish pleasures. Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel was born Berta Hummel. At the age of 18, she attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, Germany. Upon graduation in 1931, she entered the Franciscan Convent of Siessan, taking the name of Maria Innocentia.
She was given the opportunity to design postcards featuring children which were included in art books. This is where Franz Goebel - managing director of the W.Goebel Porzellanfabrik factory - first saw her work and approached her with the proposition of turning her drawings into three-dimensional figurines that captured the innocence and sweetness of childhood. In 1934, the first 3 clay models were produced and shown to Hummel. She agreed that her images could be used as designs for figurines, on the condition that she had final approval on each piece and that each piece bear her signature. Goebel Hummel handcrafted and hand painted figurines were launched in March of 1935 at the Leipzig Fair and were an immediate success. Unfortunately, Sister Maria passed away in 1946, at the young age of 37, from tuberculosis. In 1971, the Hummel line expanded for the first time to include collector plates, and later bells and ornaments. The Goebel Collector's Club was founded in 1977 and featured special edition member's only collector pieces. This is a sweet and charming piece and will make a lovely addition to any collection! Thanks for your interest, I look forward to doing business with you! The item "Vintage Goebel Hummel #353/I Spring Dance TMK4 EXCELLENT CONDITION" is in sale since Monday, August 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Decorative Collectible Brands\Hummel, Goebel\Figurines". The seller is "hummel_lady_nashville" and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation, Ukraine, Cayman islands.