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Creations by Maria Innocentia Hummel

Maria Innocentia Hummel (1909-1946) was Franciscan nun and artist in Bavaria, Germany.

She is famous for her drawings of children that have been published on postcards and as figurines and plates from the Goebel porcelain factory.

The artist Maria Innocentia Hummel

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Hummel Annual Plate 1985 with girl with basket full of chickens. -39%
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Hummel Annual Bell 1982 Boy with flower -52%
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Hummel Little Music Makers No. 4 Conductor
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Hummel Little Music Makers No. 2 Flute player
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Item no: H1006 Year: 1985 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1993 Girl washing doll -43%
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Hummel Annual Bell 1979 Girl sitting with basket -80%
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Hummel Annual Bell 1985 Girl singing -62%
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Item no: HAK1985 Year: 1985 Measurement: H: 16 cm x W: 11 cm x D: 9 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1977 Autumn, Miniature Plate -10%
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Hummel Annual plate 1994 The little doctor -50%
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Item no: HA1994 Year: 1994 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1991 Girl waiting -56%
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Item no: HA1991 Year: 1991 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1992 Wayside Harmony, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1992 Year: 1992 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1992 Boy waiting
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Item no: HA1992 Year: 1992 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate with girl with basket of apples. -39%
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Item no: HA1984 Year: 1984 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1986 with boy with bunnies -67%
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Item no: HA1986 Year: 1986 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Little homemakers No. 4 Chicken Girl
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Item no: H1004 Year: 1991 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Little homemakers No. 1 Girl with Broom -24%
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Item no: H1001 Year: 1988 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1990 The little shepherd -25%
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Item no: HA1990 Year: 1990 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1985 Chick Girl, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1985 Year: 1985 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1974 Goose Girl, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1974 Year: 1974 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual Bell 1980 Boy reading book -80%
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Item no: HAK1980 Year: 1980 Measurement: H: 16 cm x W: 11 cm x D: 9 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1989 Farm Boy, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1989 Year: 1989 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual Bell 1987 Boy painting
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Item no: HAK1987 Year: 1987 Measurement: H: 16 cm x W: 11 cm x D: 9 cm
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Hummel Annual Bell 1989 Boy reading newspaper
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Item no: HAK1989 Year: 1989 Measurement: H: 16 cm x W: 11 cm x D: 9 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1990 Sheperd's Boy, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1990 Year: 1990 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Goebel plate with whimsical boy with umbrella -30%
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Item no: DV2081 Measurement: W: 14 cm x D: 13 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1971 with boy with candle -28%
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Item no: HA1971 Year: 1971 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1981 Boy with Umbrella, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1981 Year: 1981 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1978 with girl knitting and singing with the birds -66%
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Item no: HA1978 Year: 1978 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual Plate 1982 Girl under the cover of an umbrella -13%
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Item no: HA1982 Year: 1982 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Little homemakers No. 3 Girl Knitting
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Item no: H1003 Year: 1990 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1984 Little Helper, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1984 Year: 1984 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Four Seasons Winter -50%
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Item no: H1000 Year: 1996 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1977 with boy in tree with apples and bird -37%
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Item no: HA1977 Year: 1977 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1978 Happy Pastime, Miniature Plate -10%
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Hummel Annual plate 1995 with boy waving goodbye -45%
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Item no: HA1995 Year: 1995 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1988 Boy with goats -22%
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Item no: HA1988 Year: 1988 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1987 Girl feeding chickens -22%
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Item no: HA1987 Year: 1987 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1983 Postman, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1983 Year: 1983 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1991 Just Resting, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1991 Year: 1991 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual Bell 1978 Boy Playing the Accordion -75%
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Hummel Annual Bell 1990 Girl reading magazine
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1986 Playmates, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1986 Year: 1986 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1975 with boy on sleigh -61%
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Item no: HA1975 Year: 1975 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual Bell 1981 Girl singing duet with bird -62%
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Item no: HAK1981 Year: 1981 Measurement: H: 16 cm x W: 11 cm x D: 9 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1973 Globe-Trotter, Miniature Plate -10%
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1972 Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Miniature Plate
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Hummel Annual plate 1976 with girl in tree with bird -72%
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1971 Boy with Candle ( Heavenly Angel), Miniature Plate
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Hummel Annual Plate 1981 Boy sitting with Umbrella -62%
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Hummel Annual Plate with the little Mailman -27%
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Item no: HA1983 Year: 1983 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1974 with girl with geese -58%
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Hummel Annual Plate 1980 Girl with school bag on her way to school -68%
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1994 Doctor, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1994 Year: 1994 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1979 with boy playing flute for a bird -68%
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Hummel Little Music Makers No. 1 Violinist
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Item no: H1005 Year: 1984 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1973 with boy wandering with umbrella -47%
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Hummel Little homemakers No. 2 Girl Hanging the Laundry -24%
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Item no: H1002 Year: 1989 Measurement: Ø: 10 cm
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Hummel Annual plate 1972 with boy blowing horn -21%
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Item no: HA1972 Year: 1972 Measurement: Ø: 19 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1988 Little Goat Herder, Miniature Plate -10%
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Item no: HAPL1988 Year: 1988 Measurement: Ø: 8 cm
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Hummel Annual plaquette 1980 School Girl, Miniature Plate
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Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel was born Berta Hummel in 1909 in Massing in Bavaria, Germany. She was one of six children of Adolf and Victoria Hummel, who lived in a small apartment over the family business. From an early age, she exhibited a great artistic talent and was known as the local artist in the village. She had a happy and bright mind and loved being outdoors, which was reflected in her art and is still reflected in both the plates and figurines that were based on her art.

Her parents supported her artistic interests and, at the age of 12, they sent her to an art school, run by the Sisters of Loreto at Simbach am Inn, about 30 kilometers from Massing. Her artistic skills grew, and in 1927 she joined the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich.

Because Berta Hummel was a devout Catholic, she chose to live in a Catholic residence run by nuns rather than a regular ordinary student residence. Here she became friends with two members of the Franciscan sister order of Siessen in Bad Salgau, who, like her, studied at the art academy. The sister's order focused on teaching, especially in art, and after she had graduated the art academy in 1931, Berta Hummel chose to apply for admission to the sister's order. Here she was admitted as a novice in August of the same year.

After her novitate year, she was introduced as a teacher at the nearby art school, which was run by the monastery. In her spare time, she drew little drawing of children, which impressed her sisters so much that they sent copies of her works to a publishing house in Stuttgart, specialized in religious art. The publisher was very excited and convinced Hummel to allow them to print her drawings on postcards. Postcards were very popular at the time and postcards with Hummel's drawings quickly became very popular. In 1934, a book was even published with Hummel's drawings.

It was at this time that Franz Goebel, after seeing the postcards in Munich, contacted the monastery and sister Hummel to obtain the right to produce Hummel figurines. This succeeded and Goebel was granted exclusive rights to the production of the figurines. The figurines were first presented at the Leipzig fair in 1935 and quickly became popular. This popularity would continue in the United States ten years later, when US soldiers brought the figurines home with them from postings in Germany.

However, Hummel's drawings and figurines did not only experience success. The national socialist rulers in Germany did not have much love for the drawings, which were considered decadent art, because they did not have the correct representation of the German youth. This escalated in 1937, as Hummel made her profession to be a nun, when Adolf Hitler personally attacked her art. It did not help that Sister Hummel also painted pictures that contained the star of David and decorated the monastery with symbols from both the Old and New Testaments.

However, this negative perception of Hummel's art did not prevent the regime from confiscating half of the revenues from the drawings. In 1940, the government closed all religious schools and the monastery of Siessen was seized. A wing of the monastery, however, the nuns were allowed to keep, where 40 of the initially 250 nuns continued to live and pray. Hummel herself was initially sent home to her family, where she stayed for three months before returning to the monastery. The Hummel drawings were the only sourch of income for the monastery at the time, but there was a lack of both food and heating, which in 1944 caused Hummel to be infected with tuberculosis and she was hospitalised. She returned to the monastery shortly before it was liberated by French troops. However, she recover from the tuberculosis and died in 1946 and was buried at the monastery's cemetery.

However, Goebel, his art department and the sisters on the monastery maintained Hummel's legacy by continuing the production of Hummel figurines and later also releasing the Hummel plates.

Hummel's sister Crescentia Hummel set up a museum for her art in the family home in Massing.