Goebel Ladies

Over
the years, similar products were copied by many manufacturers, particularly
from Japan. In the 1980’s, when most Goebel products were in a slump,
Goebel issued several series of Ladies, in my opinion, to compete with
Royal Doulton figurines.

These figurines were comparable to Doulton in both quality as well as
issue price. Because of the high issue price, not many were sold and
some tend to be rather difficult to come by now. Like most Goebel products
other than Hummels, all of these lines were discontinued in 1988.

In
picture #1 (above right), we see the complete set of four very beautiful
ladies who were introduced in the late 1960’s. The numbers incised into
the bottom are of the older system and are FF 273 through FF 276. FF
70 and FF 118 were also introduced earlier than the rest and can be
seen in picture #2 (left). These and the ladies that follow are all
about 8″ tall, again very similar to Doulton products.

Picture
#3 (right) is a limited edition series issued for the GFWC (I don’t
know what it stands for) and the initials are printed on the bottom
as well as, “Unity in Diversity”. Left to right, they were issued in
1984, 1984, 1986 and 1988. If Goebel bothered to give the preceding
ladies names, I am not aware of them. But, they gave beautiful names
to the next series called “Fashion on Parade”.

Picture
#4 (left) shows a fan shaped dealer display plaque in both English and
German. These are 6″ across. The earlier figurines do not have the name
and date on the bottom. The figurines in the 270’s and 280’s can be
found both ways and are the most common as they were produced for the
longest period. I have put this series in order of the common ones first
and the hardest to find last. The name is appropriate for the figure
and the date is the year in which women wore this type of outfit.

Picture
#5 (right) presents Edwardian Grace, 1911 and is numbered 16-283-21.
From now on, I will give only the middle numbers. To her right is The
Visitor, 1894 and is #279. On the left is The Garden Fancier, 1880,
#278.

Picture #6 (below) has Her Treasured Day, 1925 and her husband, Waiting
for His Love, 1925. If she doesn’t hurry up, he may leave and she will
be an old maid. They are numbered 289 and 288, respectively.

Picture #7 (below) shows ladies in full gowns. On the left is Demure
Elegance, 1835, #284, and on the right, Gentle Thoughts, 1835. #285.


Picture 6


Picture 7

Picture
#8 (left) shows us flapper style figures. These are very popular with
art deco collectors. The Cosmopolitan, 1935, #280 and At the Tea Dance,
1928, #281 are very deco. These are followed by the only two children
in the series, Gentle Moment, 1920 and her boyfriend, A Lazy Day, 1920.
The numbers are 12-404 and 403. But I have the original brochure and these
are definitely part of the set.. In picture #9 (below), we have Strolling
on the Avenue, 1904, #282, Afternoon Tea, 1875, and Impatience, 18 00,
#287. Picture #10 (below) features Reflections, 1800, #286, Promenade
at Nice, 1912, #308, and Silver Lace and Rhinestones, 1922, #307. Note
that we are now into the higher numbers and they get relatively hard to
come by.


Picture 9


Picture 10

Picture
#11 (right) illustrates The Viscountess Diana, 1769, #305, Southern
Belle, 1860, #310 and Say Please, 1780, #304. I’m not sure who is
begging more, the lady or her doggie.


Picture #12 (left ) gets us into sporting events beginning with ice
skating, Skimming Gently, 1800, #294, tennis with Center Court, 1903,
#293 and Gentle Breezes, 1887, #301.


Picture #13 (right) changes the tone with another bride and groom,
Forever and Ever, 1949. #315 and her husband, The Promise, 1949, #310.
I’m sure this looked like many of my readers when marriages lasted
forever.

Picture #14 (below) resumes the sports with River Outing, 1889, #298,
golf with On the Fairway, 1894, #292 and To the Hunt, 1913, #299.

Picture #15 (below) ends the fashion on Parade series with Fall in
Paris, 1914, #307, Equestrian, 1876, #300 and The Shephardess’ Costume.
1787, #306.


Picture 14


Picture 15

Pictures #16 (below) and #17 (below) are of a new series of queens which
total only six figurines. The Queens are Elizabeth, 1601, Marie Antoinette,
1786, Isabella, 1503, Eleanor, 1442, Katharina, 1772, and Christina,
1685. These are numbered 16-323 through 16-328.


Picture 16


Picture 17

Finally
we enter into the top of the line with Goebel’s “Beauties of the World”.
These figurines are about 12″ tall and combine bisque finishes with glaze
on the same piece. Pictures #18 (left) and #19 (below right) show us six
of the twelve beauties in this series.

You will note that each is dressed in a costume and has a name which is
common to various countries around the world. Helena, 16-243 is first,
followed by Suriya, #244 and Madeleine, #242. Then we have Natascha, #241,
Giulia, #247 and finally, Ines, #248.

Matt
is a regular Goebel columnist for the World Collectors Net. You can view
his latest and past Goebel Columns on our Hummel
pages
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Matt is pleased to answer any questions or receive any suggestions at
[email protected]. However, he cannot
give “values” as these are subjective and will vary with every buyer and
seller.