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The Story of M.I. Hummel

posted by Karen Hood
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery would like to share with you the history behind our collection of Hummel bells and figurines.

Hummel figurines were created in a large part by Berta Hummel who was born in Bavaria in 1909 and continued on to the famous Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, Germany. That is where her talent of drawing children really bloomed. She never lost the art and spontaneity even through rigorous training.

After her graduation in 1931 Berta decided to join the Convent of Siessen when she became friends with two Franciscan Sisters.  Three years later she changed her name to Maria Innocentia and it remained that ever after. German publishers began making her artwork popular on postcards. It then came before Franz Goebel who owned a porcelain company during a time in which he was looking for a new line of products.  He convinced Sister Hummel to agree to have her drawings made into three dimensional figurines. The Convent granted Goebel the sole right to create three-dimensional works of art based on Sister Hummel’s drawings. It was decided that she would have close contact with those making the wonderful creations. The first figurines created were hugely popular in 1935.

In 1946, Sister Maria Innocentia died at a young 37 years old. Franz Goebel made sure that her figurines would continue to be created and sold. In early 2009, Manufaktur Rödental took over the whole brand, striving to keep the artistiry, in the  same Rödental, Germany factory where the figurines have been created for over 75 years. A team of skilled craftspeople still work with loving care, ensuring that each figurine keeps its artistic excellence that people have come to know through the generations. The treasure of these special ceramic creations will continue on for many future generations.

These days Hummel figurines are still a beloved collectible to the generations in a spirit of childhood that created the very first figurines and continues to show the talent of one special young lady who was a brilliant artist.

To view our collection of Hummel bells and other assortments of our bells, please visit our store.

Hummel 2008 Angel Bell

Hummel 2008 Angel Bell

Remembering Special People

posted by purpleivy34
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

(courtesy of Bradford Exchange)

Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery would like to help you honor those special people who have blessed your life. It is so hard when we lose a loved one.  Honoring people who have passed away happens in many forms- in stories, in photographs, in gifts.  It helps many hold those memories close and work through the grieving process. Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery has now made available for purchase the Heavenly Memories Personalized Bereavement Bell.

Even when we have lost someone dear, the loving memories always remain, echoing in our hearts. Now you can express your everlasting love with an heirloom of enduring comfort and peace. This personalized bereavement bell, available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange, is a touching keepsake, and provides a beautiful way to commemorate those who have passed into heaven’s eternity. Personalize this fine porcelain bell with your loved one’s engraved name for FREE, and it will grace an elegant, silvery heart-shaped charm.

This special bells features include •A one-of-a-kind memorial to the heavenly remembrances of your loved one, available only from The Bradford Exchange •Personalize it! Provide the name of your loved one to be engraved for FREE on a silvery heart-shaped charm, dangling from a silky blue ribbon •Meticulously handcrafted by expert artisans of lustrous, triple-fired Heirloom Porcelain® and accented with genuine platinum •Over 100 hand-applied blue Swarovski® crystals grace a platinum staircase design, winding around the bell to the top of the handle, forming a cross •Touching silvery scripted verse reads: “If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.” •Makes a precious bereavement gift to share or an important commemorative keepsake for those who have lost someone dear to their heart •Certificate of Authenticity •Measures 7-1/2″ high.

For more information on this bell and an opportunity to purchase it, please visit Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery store.

Bereavement Bell

Heavenly Memories Personalized Bereavement Bell

Beautiful Bells to Add to Your Collection

posted by Karen Hood
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thomas Kinkade Musical Crystal bell

Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery carries a beautiful selection of collectible bells to add to your collection. The bell seen above was designed by Thomas Kinkade. It is the first-ever Thomas Kinkade genuine crystal bell centerpiece, handcrafted, featureing an illuminated village, 3 moving sleighs. It plays medley of 8 carols.

To purchase our Thomas Kinkade bells and other products please visit our Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery store.