Hummel figurines originated in the twentieth century with a Franciscan nun named Beta Hummel. The sister signed an agreement with the German firm W. Goebel Porzellanfahrik in January of 1935. These figurines of happy, cherubic children became immensely popular and remain highly collectible today.
Sister Hummel died in 1946 leaving a collection of her drawings that Goebel uses today to produce new M. I. Hummel figurines. The convent of Siessen and Goebel still work together to insure that Sister Hummel’s work lives on.