| Marked: 'Goebel'� 'W. Germany'�Sculptor: Gerhard Skrobek Height: 4 Â¾ inches Painter's initial 'Lost Stocking'� Stamped '374'� 1972-1979 TMK-5Excellent condition
We are pleased to offer this lovely Hummel entitled 'Lost Stocking'� featuring a boy standing with an umbrella, a small green shrub-like thing, and he has one shoe on and one shoe off.
This Hummel figurine is stamped #374 for the mold number and is marked with 'Goebel'� and 'W. Germany'�, in blue ink. It is TMK-5. The height is about 4 Â¾ inches, and it weighs approximately 87.2 grams. The master sculptor of this piece was Gerhard Skrobek (See below). It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. (See below for information on crazing and care of Hummels.) It has the painters initial, but there is no name label on it.
By the way, did you know that the name 'Hummel'� in German means bumble bee, and that's why Hummels had the bee mark from 1934-1979 and has had it again from 2000 to the present?
The figurine is of an innocent looking little boy telling his mother or his nanny that he doesn't know where his other stocking is. He has on a brick red hat with an orange heart and a blue feather stuck in the band on the right side, an orange neck scarf tied around his neck, white shirt, bluish-brown jacket, green trousers, and one black shoe. The other foot is bare. He holds an umbrella under his right arm and a green shrub-like thing in his left hand. Is he cute or what?
The artist behind the lovely hummel figurines is Berta Hummel, a Franciscan sister called Maria Innocentia. Berta Hummel was born on May 21, 1909 in lower Bavaria where her talent for art was encouraged and nourished by her parents. At the age of 25 she joined the convent of Siessen on Aug. 30, 1934 where she created paintings and drawings that made her famous. Little did her superiors dream that this modest blue-eyed artist who had joined their community would someday be world wide renown.
Gerhard Skrobek was with Goebel for more than 40 years. He joined the company in 1951 and three years later he sculpted his first M. I. Hummel figurine. Altogether he accounted for something in the neighborhood of 150 original Hummel designs as well as many restylings, and numerous and famous non-Hummel creations, such as the bust of Sister Hummel, the camels for the Hummel nativities, and even created a complete nativity scene of his own. He also did the clown figurines.
When he retired there were a number of new ones, then in their prototype stage that were later introduced to the marketplace.
What causes crazing?
Extreme temperatures, sudden changes in temperature, air pollution, excessive handling, and liquids getting inside the air holes in it when washing.
How to clean a Hummel
Dust fairly often, and you can purchase the M. I. Hummel Care Kit. Without that, though, line a sink with towels (to prevent chipping, etc. if dropped while cleaning), fill with barely lukewarm water, tape over air holes, and carefully and gently clean it with a soft toothbrush and baby shampoo. Remove tape and let it dry thoroughly before putting it back on a shelf or in a case.
Item # 082809F104LL