Hummel Master Painters

     The process to create each Hummel figurine, plate, bell or other item is quite lengthy, more than you might expect. As an example, after the figurine has been poured into the mold, removed, dried, cleaned and is placed in an electric kiln to be fired, a master painter will then add the first personalized touches to the face such as the eye lashes and eye pupils.

This page was updated on 9 June 2021.

     The following special edition of March Winds HUM 43/0 below shows three of the basic steps on how a figurine is decorated.  This is a good example of the painting progression using the Hummel Arbeitsmuster March Wind.

      To the left is an Arbeitsmuster Red Line example where the MASTER PAINTER initials Ki 10.72 which means Franz Kirchner in October 1972 along with the trademark TMK-5. Notice that the HUM 63 number has the special addition of being filled in with black paint/ink and then glazed over for permanence.

  • Arbeitsmuster – working sample
  • Archivmuster – archive sample that remains in the factory
  • Faience – very early special glossy finish determined unsuitable
  • Malmuster – painting sample, considered “perfect”
  • Masterpiece – figurine from master painter/sculptor
  • Musterzimmer – special show room sample
  • Progression Set – set of four of the same figurine in different stages of development
  • Red Line – artist finished example to copy, considered “perfect”

     The following are a handful of the Master Painter’s names with an example of their initials and a date when the sample figurine face was painted. Some of the latest versions have the name as well as the metal tag. Forgive me for the names and their initials I have written incorrectly and if you know the name, please let me know for a correction. 

MasterPainter Initials Worked Example
Harald Baierl HB Jul 1987
Klaus Böhm Mar 1979
Achim Eichhorn AEi  
Christiane Enders  
Fe_t Fefand Ha Nov 2001
Gaby Forkel Gf Sep 1997
Katriu Glöckues Bn Nov 2001
Christina Goihl cht Jun 1999
Diana Grazi G 30 May1998
Gerhard Gutwill  
Rainer Gutwill April 1979
Jauja Kiejci ho Oct 1999
Franz Kirchner FK  
Franz Kirchner Ki Oct 1972
Franz Kirchner Ki 1949 – ?
Gabriel Louis Knauer LK 1885 – 1944
Frank Knoch FK 1956
Dagmar Köhn – 1991 –  
Michael Kolb
Claudia Leicht CA  
Brigitta Leipold Le May 1991
Robert Lindner RL 1905 – 1955  
Stiller Manfred SM 1955  
B Jul 1974
Wolfgang Maw ? 1989
Georg Mechthold GM 1911 – 1955  
Günther Neubauer GN
Günther Neubauer Neu 1948 – ?  
Jakob O Hilie ol December 5 1991
Peter Ohnsorge Po
Robert Olszewski July 1979 Goebel Miniatures
Werner Pohlein PW 1959–1960
Großmann Sabine Gm  
Hans Schindhelm  
Claudia Schogerl Br Oct 1989
Thomas Schüffler Schü April 1982  
Harald Sommer 1946 – 1965
Otto Sommer OS 1960
Harald Sommer 1946 – 1965
Ulrich Tendera 2012
Sabine Tzscheuschner 2020  
Alfie Wielde A June 9 1993
Elke Witthindam (sp) Wm Apr 2000
Rg Sep 1978
TK Mar 1963  

     More examples will be added as they are located to provide excellent detail as to what you might find and what to look for that makes your M.I. Hummel figurine all the more special.

     You may wish to also check some other web sites such as for some great examples.



Miller, R. L. (2003). The no. 1 price guide to M.I. Hummel: Figurines, plates, more. Cumberland, MD: Portfolio Press.

Recklinghausen, H. A. (2013). The official M.I. Hŭmmel price guide: Figures & plates. Iola, WI: Krause Publications.

Schwatlo, W. (1994). M.I. Hummel collector’s handbook: Part I. Niedernhause, Germany: Schwatlo.