Antique Figurines: "An Overview"
The world of antique figurines is a wonderful and magnificient world full of endless collectible possibilities. Some choose to collect those of the toy variety, focusing in on a particular franchise or company, while others collect the more grown-up suited themes, limited to certain numbers of additions for added rarity. Because the world of figurine art is so vast and wide, let's go over a few basic ideas to consider, based on the history of some well-known collectibles.
Hummel Figurines - The trademark M.I. Hummel refers to a series of antique ceramic figurines based on the illustrations by the German nun Maria Innocentia Hummel. The first of these depictions were sold in 1935, and the tradition has been carried on in some form or fashion up even until today. The subject of these antique figurines were typically of children or saints, but in recent years they have gone on to include such cartoon characters as Snoopy or the Simpsons. Hummels are made of porcelain, put through to process of being bisque fired, dipped in glaze, and painted using oil and turpentine based colors which contain metallic oxides as pigments.
Head Vases - Although technically more of a vase than a figurine, head vases are also another popular collectible. Made popular by use and sale in florist shops of the 1950's and 1960's, some head vase figurines were produced as early as the 1930's. The standard design usually depicted a woman from the shoulders up, sometimes including a raised hand, and held flowers in their head to be given as gifts for all sorts of occassions. Some head vases have proven to be quite rare, such as the Jackie Kennedy head vase which often sells these days at an upwards of $800 or more, depending on condition!