Highlights in pictures and words fifty years of history surrounding the world's most famous figurines. This volume is unlike any other book ever done on the subject. It is an artistic expression of the entire M.I. Hummel collection, examining through new eyes the true beauty of the figurines from every conceivable angle. Through the camera lens, the figurines come to life, radiating the charm that has enchanted millions of people around the world. The camera then turns to the family atmosphere at the Goebel company, capturing many of the faces of those individuals whose careers are dedicated to maintaining a long tradition of excellence in figurine making. The artist herself is Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. The impact of her work is viewed in the context of European folkloric art, with special emphasis on her own life and the influences that shaped her as an artist. Many of her drawings, never before published in books available in the United States, are included. This volume is a loving tribute that anyone interested in the artist or the figurines she inspired will want to add to their personal collection. 361 illustrations, including 332 plates in full color.
This hardback is in near new condition. The dust jacket has light shelf wear. It is a first edition, first printing, and leather bound. It measures 11.25" by 8.5" and weighs over 3 pounds.