Authentic MJ Hummel Wooden Box Collectible No. 4417 Handcrafted Brahms Lullaby - IN ORIGINAL BOX Berta Hummel was born in Bavaria in 1909 with a wonderful gift – an instinct for perceiving her world and translating her observations into drawings. She entered the Convent of Siessen in 1931, a teaching order in Saulgau that emphasized the arts. As she adjusted to convent life, she began to sketch the endearing pictures of children that would someday make her famous. These were stylized images of country children going to school, making music, playing simple games. The colors were muted, the style loose and sketchy. And the children were enchanting. Cheeks were plump, hair windswept. Shoes were too big, and socks sagged. The drawings came to the attention of Franz Goebel, a renowned porcelain company heir in Rödental. Franz was always on the lookout for promising new artists, and it struck him that these simple sketches of children would be the perfect basis for a line of figurines, with special appeal during difficult political times. Franz Goebel sought permission from the Convent of Siessen to translate the two-dimensional artwork of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel into three-dimensional ceramic figurines. After some negotiation, it was agreed that the figurines would be true to the artwork and handcrafted to meet highest quality standards, and final artistic control would rest with Sister M.I. Hummel and the convent. With these conditions, Goebel received the exclusive rights to create M.I. Hummel figurines. M.I. Hummel children were as mischievous as your little brother, cute as the tot next door. They were rascals, like the real kids you remembered from your own childhood, their charm based on simple honesty. The new figurines were introduced to the world in 1935 at the Leipzig Fair; Despite setbacks during World War II, the line flourished and grew in popularity. The M.I. Hummel manufacturing operation in Germany is known as Hummel Manufaktur. M.I. Hummelfigurines continue to be handcrafted in the same Rödental location where they’ve been made since 1935. Many of the dedicated artisans have been working on M.I. Hummel figurines for decades, and time-honored methods of the past are still utilized.