Porcelain figure "Moor with dessert bowl"
Artist/Maker: Rosenthal, sculptor: Hugo Meisel
Artist/Maker Dates: 1879 - present
Place of Production: Germany
Date of Production: 1949
Materials: overglaze hand painting, porcelain
Model Nr.: 864
Height: 18.5 cm.
Hugo Meisel (1887 - 1966) worked for Rosenthal from 1936 to 1937. Meisel was a porcelain "master-sculptor" (the same profession as myself) as well as bronze sculptor and so we can most likely attribute the actual sculpting of your figures to him. His figures are notable for what is described as a "restrained naturalism". An important figure, he was head of the Staatliches Museum of Heidecksburg from 1950 to 1959. Hugo Meisel created the famous "Mohren" figurines as well as "Vogel flieg" (bird flies) and "Pfeifer" (pipers).
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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