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The Hummel Skier by R. John Wright

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The Hummel Skier
by R. John Wright

IN STOCK!Second in R. John Wright's Hummel® collection. The Hummel Skier is based on a charming illustration by Sister Innocentia Hummel. The Hummel Skier is made entirely of the finest all-wool felt. Fully-jointed with the RJW ball and socket system with internal wood mechanism, stands approximately 12 inches tall. This darling little boy has a distinctive molded felt face, delicately hand-painted features and a wig of the finest mohair. His expressive hands will have individually-sewn fingers and molded sculptural details. The Hummel Skier is costumed in his all-felt ski suit with a felt cap and mittens. His entire outfit is artistically shaded to evoke the original Hummel coloring. Sturdy hand-cobbled leather boots, a set of handmade wooden skis and poles trimmed in leather complete his trademark period ensemble. No detail has been over-looked to capture the essence of the original Hummel® children.

Produced at the R. John Wright workshop in Bennington, Vermont, each Hummel Skier will arrive inside a deluxe presentation box with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and forms for owner registration. Matching numbers are subject to availability.

History of the Hummel FigurinesBerta Hummel was born in 1909 in the storybook setting of Bavaria, Germany. One of seven children, she was raised in a devout Catholic family, living above her father's dry goods store. As a child, Berta showed creative talent and developed a reputation in the village as a local artist. Yet she was also a cheerful, active girl who loved the outdoors and the winter sports so common in the Alps. Berta's father encouraged her artistic talents and, at age 12, enrolled her in a boarding school about 20 miles away. Berta continued to grow in her abilities and after graduation in 1927, she enrolled in the prestigious Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, where her talent and skills developed further.

After Berta graduated in 1931 with top honors, she chose to follow the religious calling that she had felt for some time and applied to enter the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen. The Congregation focused on teaching with an emphasis on the role of art in education. In 1934, she received the religious habit of the Congregation and the name Sister Maria Innocentia.

The newly ordained nun was assigned to teach art in a nearby school run by the convent. Though her days were busy teaching, she spent her spare time painting pictures of children. The Sisters were impressed with her art and sent copies to a publishing house in Stuttgart which specialized in religious art. The company decided to release copies of the works in postcard form, which was very popular in the early 20th century.

Soon afterward, Franz Goebel, the head of the Goebel porcelain company, was looking for a new line of artwork and happened to see some of these postcards in a shop in Munich. He approached the convent to gain permission to transform the charming drawings into figurines. Sister Innocentia was agreeable with this and the convent granted him sole rights to make figurines based on her artwork. The artist worked personally with Goebel Master Sculptors and Painters to create the new products. Interest in the figurines exploded after they were displayed in 1935 at the Leipzig Trade Fair, a major international trade show. A decade later, the figurines would begin to enjoy great success in the United States, as well, when returning American soldiers brought them home.

After Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel's untimely death in 1946 at the age of 37, an Artistic Board was appointed at the Convent of Siessen as guardians of her legacy. Sister Innocentia left the world an extensive collection of her drawings and paintings, many of which have been translated into figurines. Today, M.I. Hummel figurines are among the world's most beloved collectibles, a tribute to the spirit of childhood and the talent of a brilliant artist. After 70 years of a collectible tradition, collectors will now have the opportunity to acquire faithful dolls of Sister Maria Innocentia's designs interpreted for the first time in the medium of molded felt!

Hummel® and M. I. Hummel® are trademarks used under license from the Franciscan Convent of Siessen, Germany.

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The Hummel Skier
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 12 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 150
Materials All-Wool Felt
Hair Mohair Wig
Features Hand-Painted Eyes
Airbrushed Accents
Jointing Number of Joints : 5
Ball-And-Socket Jointing
Special Jointing Designed by the Artist
Authenticity Officially Licensed
Copyright Verbiage : Hummel® and M. I. Hummel® TM the Franciscan Convent of Siessen, Germany
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin United States

The Toy Shoppe Has Offered R. John Wright Creations For Over Three Decades

R. John Wright and Susan WrightThe Toy Shoppe has had the pleasure of offering the work of R. John Wright since 1979. When Danny Shapiro, the founder of The Toy Shoppe, first saw John and Susan's work he was impressed with the great charm and fine craftsmanship exhibited. Each piece created by R. John Wright continues to display the virtuosity of the artist when considering fine and original design, beautiful craftsmanship and the use of beautiful materials of exceptional quality. As work of this nature can only be produced in small quantities, each piece is all the more special.

Originality Of Design

Every great object begins with fine design. John and Susan often take their inspiration from famous illustrations found in the classic children's books which they love. What is most impressive is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork: two dimensional illustrations brought to life in three dimensions exactly as we expect them to be. They become the definitive interpretation of our favorite childhood characters. The Wright's designs are also inspired by nature. The realism with which they create their bears, mice and other animals is matched only by their ability to introduce rich character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, R. John Wright has produced work based on the most famous illustrations of all time, including Ernest Shepherd's Winnie-the-Pooh, Jessie Wilcox Smith's storybook characters, Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy, Walt Disney's Classics, Palmer Cox's Brownies, Saint Exupery's The Little Prince, Beatrix Potter's animal kingdom, Rose O'Neill's Kewpie, Michael Bond's Paddington and Sir John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland... and the list continues to grow today with their new Peter Pan series!

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsIn our opinion, the making of an heirloom piece requires a marriage of fine design and quality craftsmanship. Poor manufacturing can shatter an artist's fine design. The RJW Workshop employs a unique process to address this. After designing an edition, John and Susan oversee every step of production at their workshop in Vermont ensuring each piece lives up to their artistic vision. Under their watchful eyes, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production, detailing and finishing these treasures by hand. Due to the complexity of their original designs, John and Susan must often develop innovative techniques to insure that the edition remains consistent and uniform throughout production: the first piece in the edition must be as wonderful and charming as the final one. Technically speaking, as amazing and delightful as the early R. John Wright creations were, the newer pieces are far more complex. Today’s RJW designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been done 20 years ago.

Each accessory that comes with an R. John Wright creation is also of original design. John and Susan are not content to merely use an existing object as an accessory. When the object cannot be created in their workshop due to the material or specialized skills desired, the company works with master craftsmen in their respective fields to custom make the final pieces.

We believe that these factors have been important in contributing to the already established higher value of earlier R. John Wright work.

Heirloom Quality Toys

At The Toy Shoppe, we believe that true collectibility is earned by the maker's dedication and commitment to design, craftsmanship and material usage. Rarity is naturally implied, as work of this nature cannot be mass-produced. The market has already well recognized the collectible nature of the work by R. John Wright. We believe this will easily continue to be the case.

Today, John and Susan continue to create and innovate with delightful felt dolls, bears, mice and many other characters at their workshop in Bennington, Vermont in the United States.

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