Porcelain figure "Ballerina Lisl Spalinger"

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Artist/Maker: Rosenthal, sculptor: Lore Friedrich-Gronau

Artist/Maker Dates: 1879 - present

Place of Production: Germany

Date of Production: 1944

Materials: porcelain, underglaze hand painting

Model Nr.: 1773

Height: 35.0 cm.


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Mrs. Boehm was born Lisa Spalinger in Berlin. Her mother was German and her father was Swiss. She was a Swiss citizen. Her father was a journalist and a classical pianist. When she was 8, Mrs. Boehm began to study ballet with a Russian expatriate dancer. After dancing in operettas in Hamburg, she joined what is now Deutsche Oper Berlin when she was 18 and became the prima ballerina. The Nazis did not allow artists to leave Germany, but Mrs. Boehm eventually used her Swiss citizenship to flee the country by train in 1945. In Switzerland, she danced with a ballet company in Bern. On the train from Germany, she met fellow passenger Frank Boehm, also a Swiss citizen. The two married in 1947. Her husband's business brought the couple to New York after the war and then to Elgin in 1952. He died in 1967. After taking ballet lessons in Chicago she began teaching classes with another woman in Elgin before opening her own studio. Mrs. Boehm, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 24, of natural causes in her home in San Rafael, Calif., where she had lived since early last year.

The first Rosenthal company - a factory decorating porcelain, was started in 1879 in Southern Germany. It was founded by Philipp Rosenthal in Erkersreuth near Selv, Bavaria. By 1890 the factory moved to Selb. During the next 10 years the company was expanding extensively and several factories were opened or taken over. Art departments for ceramics were established in 1910 and 1920. Following the foundation of a glassworks in 1920, fruitful co-operation between a lot of contemporary glassartists and designers began - among those the Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad. Philipp Rosenthal was forced to leave Germany during the war, being jewish, but Philip Rosenthal (Philipp's son) followed in his fathers footsteps. The son set new standards for production and development. He wanted the avantgarde applied in the porcelain designs. The company has expanded every year ever since. Around their centenary in 1979, 8500 people were employed by Rosenthal globally. It is said, that the Rosenthal's successis due to the father and his sons always paying great attention to marketing techniques, as well as their big set-up and development of koncession-shops and studio-departments in the postwar-years. Co-operating with Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal has produced several series of plates, in porcelain as well as in glas. Among others the porcelain plate series "Aladin", the glass-plate series "The Parables", the porcelain plate series "Christmas Carols", the porcelain plate series "Christmas plates" and the glass plate series "Christmas plates". By 1997 Waterford Wedgwood bought the controlling interest in Rosenthal. Today Rosenthal is an independent member of the Waterford Wedgwood Holding Group - the worlds biggest manufacturers of "Table Culture" products. In 2000 the German porcelain factory Hutschenreuther was bought by Rosenthal.

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