Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many wonderful e-mails, and are asked questions concerning Edna HIBEL TM and her works every day. Some of the more frequently asked questions are addressed here for your convenience. Of course, if you need further information, please feel free to

 1) We inherited one or more works by Edna Hibel and  don’t have space, are not interested in the items and wish to sell.  What is your advice?

  a.  We suggest that you locate a local consignment shop in your area. This could be an antique shop, gift store, design shop, frame shop or art gallery.  Place your items on consignment. 

b.  place a classified ad in a local newspaper, or other organization’s newsletters. .

c. try one of the many on-line auction sites. 

d. use the unwanted items as gifts for friends or relatives,  or

e. Hibel items make desirable charitable donations to organizations who will use them for their mission or offer them in silent auctions or raffles to raise funds.  Schools make great recipients of these items so that young people may have an opportunity to learn about the artist whom your relative or friend did appreciate.    


2) I own a Hibel “painting” * and would like to know the current value — what is it worth ? 
 * Note: The “painting” could be a reproduction, original graphic such as a stone lithograph, or an oil painting
because many collectors or heirs do not know what they have.

  3) What is a….

  4) What do the numbers and letters mean at the bottom of Hibel’s original graphics?

  5) Are there reproductions of lithographs?

 6)  What is an artist’s proof?

  7) In Praise of Humanity — What is it and why was it done?

 8) Proud to be a Woman — What was the inspiration for this work ?

 9) Plate Series Questions

  10) What is a Laurel?

11) Do I have a lithograph or a poster? Compassion Through the Generations

12) What should I do if I wish to sell (click on this link in blue) my Hibel art work?

13) How does Edna make the plates? Does she paint each one? 

14) Does Edna Hibel touch up each image personally, or is this done by other artists?

More  F.A.Q

What is my piece worth?

Through this website we may provide insurance replacement  valuation and/or an identification service for a nominal charge. If you would like this service, please send an e-mail to with all of the particulars of the work (size, any markings, colors, name of the work, lithograph edition information, description of the picture you see) including an attached photograph in the case of an original painting (media, size, name, markings on back). Be sure we have your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address so that we may contact you if we have questions. The report will either be e-mailed back to you or written and mailed .Once you see the prices for the services, you may either send a check to Hibel Studio, Inc , P.O. Box 33332, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420 or we will send you an invoice into which you may enter credit card information.  The is a 3.5% higher cost for credit card processing.  Our valuation report should not be used for tax purposes, and we are not providing current market prices as those depend on the venue of sale and many factors. 

A Particular Art Work….

The identification service is available by contacting us  A photograph would be necessary for us to identify the work. You may email the details with a photo.


The term lithograph is defined as an image created from a drawing made by an artist on a stone. Edna Hibel creates her original stone lithographs in the classical methodology. The artist draws on a series of very smoothly ground bavarian limestones with a grease-based pencil, a liquid with brushes, and with sharp objects which permit her to scrape away the ink she has drawn onto the stone. Each stone is millions of years old, and has a texture that is seen through the ink on the paper.

The artist draws a key stone (or major) image, and then background and additional details are drawn on other stones. Edna generally uses one stone for each color in the resulting art work. She creates lithographs with up to 32 colors — more than any other artist since the medium was invented in 1795. Edna Hibel is considered a Master Stone Lithographer who has produced over 610 editions so far in her career.


Serigraphy, also called silk screen printing, occurs when an artist draws with ink on a series of screens, each of which allows inks to be squeezed through their mesh onto paper.  Bold colors, more striking than stone lithography, are often the result.  Edna Hibel’s serigraphs are often created with sixty screens and have more than 90 colors.


A reproduction, print, or offset lithography is created by a photomechanical process in which a photograph of an art work, such as a painting, is used to create four basic colors (red, blue, yellow, and black), which are printed together to create dot patterns that give the illusion of many colors. A reproduction is not an original art form, although Edna, like many artists, will often limit the amount of each print, and number each one. Unfortunately, most artists will also sign these non-original prints, although Edna Hibel rarely signs her reproductions. Edna does not create reproductions from her lithographs. Her reproductions are made from her paintings.


Giclee (pronounced zhee-clay) is the French word for spray. It is used to describe the creation of a print, often made by the artist on a computer screen, or a painting that the artist then changes on the computer screen, by spraying very fine droplets of ink onto various surfaces, such as paper or canvas.   The fidelity of color and line on this kind of image is many times finer than what can be created by offset lithography. In fact, the results can be easily confused with an oil painting on canvas.


Multimedias are created by using more than one medium in making a work of art. For example, Edna Hibel has used lithography and serigraphy to make an image. She has also used an overlay in gold created by serigraphy on top of an image she has made by the medium of giclee.

The Numbers on the Bottom of Art Works

The numbers on the bottom of a lithograph or other graphic signify which number the image is, and how many such images are in the entire edition. For example, 17/248 means that this is image number 17 out of a total edition of 248 images.

A Roman numeral, when there is one, indicates the section of the image. Each section has a different color scheme, but the key image (e.g., a specific mother and child, flower, or landscape) is the same for each section. For example, II 35/48 ed. 197 means that this is image 35 out of 48 images in section II, and that there are 197 images in the entire edition.

Artist’s Proof

An artist’s proof is the first trial images made by an artist. With each proof, the artist can make changes and make other proofs, until she is satisfied with the results. Then the edition is made. Instead of numbers on the bottoms of these images, the artist will write the words “artist’s proof.”

In Praise of Humanity What is it and why was it done?

Proud to be a Woman

“Proud to be a Woman” was inspired by a young woman Edna encountered during an Edna Hibel Society trip to the Canyons of the Southwest. Edna was intrigued by her red hair and infectious enthusiasm. Ironically, after the trip, the young woman worked for Edna Hibel Corp. in sales, and is now working at the Edna Hibel Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida. When asked by the Komen Foundation, in Washington D.C. to produce art to be used for fund raising purposes, Edna chose “Proud to be a Woman” The fund raising program was not expanded to the entire country.

Plate Series Question: I would like to know what year Gesa & Kinder (Joys of Motherhood) Mother’s plate was produced? Also, when was the 1st Mother’s Day plate produced and the 1st Mother’s day series plate produced?? Also, when was the 1st year of the Christmas plate produced and the 1st series of the Christmas Plate?

Answer: Our plate listings do not have a date for “Gesa and Kinder.” The plate was produced by Anna Perenna under license from Edna Hibel for the European market. The back stamp shows a date of 1977 with the corporate seal of Anna Perenna. It was brought into the US later — we don’t have a date, probably in the 1980’s — along with the second plate (Alexander und Kinder) in the International Mother Love Series. The French section of that series continued in 1985 with ” Yvette Avec Ses Enfants, and in 1991 with “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.”

The first Mother and Child-Mother’s Day plate series was produced in 1973 by Royal Doulton, that series ran through 1981 with 6 plates in the series. The first Hibel plate ever is Colette and Child.

The second series started with “Abby and Lisa” from Knowles China in 1984 through 1991. The series was continued by Edna Hibel Studio in 1992 with “Mollie and Annie” and continues today.

The Holiday/Christmas series began with “The Angels Message” in 1985 from Knowles China called a Christmas Annual through 1990 and was continued by Edna Hibel Corp  with “The First Holiday” in the Edna Hibel Holiday series in 1991 through today.

Definition of the various abbreviations in our plate price list which can be obtained on Hibel Plates

  • /ap =artist proof

  • /uo = Unique and Oil

  • /B = Blue section

  • /G = Gold section

  • /W = White section

  • /1 /2 /3 = sections of an edition. or successive editions

  • /AE = Artist Edition

  • /HF = Hibelfest Edition

  • /P = Platinum section

  • /UNQ = Unique, one of a kind

  • /GL = With Gold Leaf

As you can see we have sold plates in a variety of ways, not just in a box and part of an edition.

Forgive us for using jargon that we created to describe our product lines. The “Laurel’s Collection” was introduced a few years ago as a smaller (15 1/2″ X 13 1/2″), less expensive grouping of our limited edition framed reproductions. The characteristics of this line are the certificate of authenticity and wire ready for hanging on the back of each print. The prints are all framed using the same molding with a single white mat. A logo on the back of each framed print uses a laurel wreath as the basis of the graphic image.

11) Do I have a lithograph or a poster?

 A poster is a reproduction of an artwork created by taking a photograph and using a mechanical printing process. Edna’s posters were primarily to promote an art opening or exhibit.. She has only signed posters at events as a courtesy to fans and usually in pen or marker. The Edna Hibel Society members were given Hibel posters as premiums over many years. 

A lithograph is an original work of art as described in other sections of this website. The artist draws the image on a stone and the image when inked is pressed onto paper . Edna signed her lithographs in pencil and there may be other words describing the work such as edition information. 


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