A charming little Hummel lamp / night light made by the German Goebel Hummel porcelain company. A very pretty child study of a little girl climbing on an apple tree. The lamp hand painted and finished in a satin glaze. The perfect lamp for a princess!
These charming little studies of children were based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, a Bavarian sister of the order of the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen. Her delightful sketches began to appear in the 1930's in Germany and Switzerland, mostly pastoral drawings of children at play.
Sister Hummel was asked by Franz Goebel for permission to produce her drawings as porcelain figures. She agreed, mostly for the work it would provide for the many unemployed and for the much needed income it would provide for her Franciscan convent.
This success was cut short in subsequent years with the rise of the Nazi control of Europe. Nazi forces soon limited and then stopped all Hummel production. In 1940 they closed the convent that Sister Maria Hummel had called home. She died following the conclusion of the war in 1946, succumbing to tuberculosis at the young age of 37. A rare photograph of Sister Hummel is shown as a detail, taken around 1942.
Interest in the figures increased, especially after they were displayed in 1935 at the Leipzig Trade Fair, a major international trade show. A decade later, the figures would gain popularity in the United States when returning soldiers took them home.