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Hummel Porcelain Figurines

M.I. Hummel porcelain figurines began to appear in the '30s and are based on the drawings of famous German Franciscan Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Hummel's illustrations first became popularized throughout Germany when they were featured on postcards. These postcards caught the attention of Franz Goebel, a porcelain maker. After acquiring the rights to Hummel's illustrations, he produced the first line of Hummel figurines in 1935.

At the end of World War II, the figurines achieved international success when American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending figurines to families and friends in the United States. Their popularity grew even more when the U.S. Army PX system, a retail store found on all U.S. military bases, started selling them. The figurines are often associated with a sense of nostalgia.

The figurines skyrocketed in price during the '70s with demand from avid collectors and are still highly collectible today. In 1984, Rosemont, Illinois mayor Donald Stephens donated his collection to the Village of Rosemont museum. The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels opened there in 2011 and houses the largest collection of Hummel figurines in the world.


Quick Facts

  • Genuine Hummel figurines are made of porcelain and most have a V or a bee marking
  • Though many books and price guides have been published, "The No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel" written by Robert L. Miller is regarded as the definitive price guide for Hummel figurines
  • The Goebel Company in Germany halted production of Hummel figurines in 2008

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An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure “Out of Danger” 56/B. West Germany. 17cm
Oct 05, 6:00 PM BST
An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure “Out of Danger” 56/B. West Germany. 17cm
by Laganside Auctions
Est: £0- £0
£254 Bids
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GOEBEL MODERNIST CAT BY ROSINA WACHTMEISTER
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
GOEBEL MODERNIST CAT BY ROSINA WACHTMEISTER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD354 Bids
W. Goebel W. Germany Hummel Figurine, Village Boy
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
W. Goebel W. Germany Hummel Figurine, Village Boy
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$43 Bids
Hummel Figurine, Chick Girl
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Hummel Figurine, Chick Girl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
Hummel Figurine, We Congratulate
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Hummel Figurine, We Congratulate
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
Hummel Figurine, The Botanist
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Hummel Figurine, The Botanist
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
An early M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure. Germany. 197/2/0. Stamped W. Goebel. 11.5cm.
Oct 05, 6:00 PM BST
An early M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure. Germany. 197/2/0. Stamped W. Goebel. 11.5cm.
by Laganside Auctions
Est: £0- £0
£152 Bids
Two Goebel Porcelain Figurines, including #67, Doll Mother, c.1967 & #333, Blessed Event, c. 1955
Oct 07, 6:00 PM ACDT
Two Goebel Porcelain Figurines, including #67, Doll Mother, c.1967 & #333, Blessed Event, c. 1955
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD602 Bids
Two Goebel Robson Porcelain Figurines, #405, Mary & The Christ Child, c. 1959, Joseph, c.1961
Oct 07, 6:00 PM ACDT
Two Goebel Robson Porcelain Figurines, #405, Mary & The Christ Child, c. 1959, Joseph, c.1961
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
A large M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure “Wash Day” West Germany. 1957. 15.5cm
Oct 05, 6:00 PM BST
A large M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figure “Wash Day” West Germany. 1957. 15.5cm
by Laganside Auctions
Est: £0- £0
£152 Bids
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GOEBEL LARGE LAYING GOLDEN RETRIEVER DOG
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
GOEBEL LARGE LAYING GOLDEN RETRIEVER DOG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
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GOEBEL GERMAN PURPLE CERAMIC BEAR FIGURE SIGNED BY ROSINA WACHTMEISTER
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
GOEBEL GERMAN PURPLE CERAMIC BEAR FIGURE SIGNED BY ROSINA WACHTMEISTER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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GOEBEL LARGE STANDING LABRADOR
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
GOEBEL LARGE STANDING LABRADOR
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
GROUP LOT CHRISTMAS HUMMELS AND MORE
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
GROUP LOT CHRISTMAS HUMMELS AND MORE
by Jackson's International
Est: $20- $50
$201 Bid
An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figurine “One Cup of Sugar” 2116/A. Germany. 2000. 9.5cm
Oct 05, 6:00 PM BST
An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figurine “One Cup of Sugar” 2116/A. Germany. 2000. 9.5cm
by Laganside Auctions
Est: £0- £0
£51 Bid
An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figurine “Springtime Friends” 2218. 2000. Germany. 8.5cm.
Oct 05, 6:00 PM BST
An M. J. Hummel Goebel pottery figurine “Springtime Friends” 2218. 2000. Germany. 8.5cm.
by Laganside Auctions
Est: £0- £0
£51 Bid
Group of 3 Assorted Goebel Porcelain Figurines
Oct 15, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 3 Assorted Goebel Porcelain Figurines
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Hummel Figurine, Postman
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Hummel Figurine, Postman
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Group of 6 Assorted Goebel Gnome Porcelain Figurines
Oct 15, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 6 Assorted Goebel Gnome Porcelain Figurines
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
1948 Signed Hummel German Goebel Friends Sculpture
Oct 09, 10:00 AM MST
1948 Signed Hummel German Goebel Friends Sculpture
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A Goebel Hummel Porcelain Lidded Bowl, #111/57 Girl with Chicks
Oct 07, 6:00 PM ACDT
A Goebel Hummel Porcelain Lidded Bowl, #111/57 Girl with Chicks
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD40
AUD151 Bid

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