The F & W Goebel porcelain works was founded in 1871 by Franz Detleff Goebel and his son William, but it wasn't until 1879 that they fired up their first kiln. By 1900, the company had grown to approximately 400 employees and was one of the largest firms in the region producing porcelain dinnerware pieces. William changed the company name to W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik and expanded the product lines to include figurines, dolls, lamps, candy dishes, and vases. In 1926, the company produced its most popular range of figurines, M.I. Hummel, based on the artwork of a Franciscan Sister, Maria Innocentia Hummel, and this set the stage for the company's success.
After Franz's death, Max Louis Goebel took over the company and successfully expanded the market for its products at home and abroad by establishing relationships with contemporary artists and increasing the number of master sculptors. more...
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