Porcelain figure "Pierrot"
Artist/Maker: Rosenthal, sculptor: Ferdinand Liebermann
Artist/Maker Dates: 1879 - present
Place of Production: Germany
Date of Production: 1910 - 1922
Materials: porcelain, underglaze hand painting
Style: Art Deco
Model Nr.: K 92
Height: 15.7 cm.
Condition notes: Pipe has been restored
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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