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Rosenthal

German

While the Rosenthal Porcelain Factory grew from humble decorating roots — as many pottery companies do — it eventually built a list of universally revered designer and artist partners that included Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí. And after securing an enviable position as a top manufacturer of serveware and dominating the porcelain and bone china markets, Rosenthal expanded into furniture production, working with influential designers Verner Panton, Luigi Colani and Günther Ferdinand Ris and Herbert Selldorf.

German-born Jewish businessman Philipp Rosenthal founded the company in 1879 in Bavaria. It began as his modest workshop where he painted porcelain and encountered success with porcelain ashtrays. Rosenthal hired the best designers and clay modelers he could find. Adolf Oppel designed figurative Art Nouveau pieces, while Eleonore (Lore) Friedrich-Gronau produced decorative objects, namely her graceful porcelain dancer figurines, for the company.

Dinnerware, though, would be a Rosenthal mainstay. Between 1904 and 1910, Rosenthal produced its renowned dinnerware lines such as Donatello, Darmstadt and Isolde. These were introduced as unornamented white pieces — only later were they given their underglaze designs.

Rosenthal founder Philipp, a Catholic of Jewish ancestry, resigned in 1934 as the company’s president due to pressures owing to discriminatory German laws that took shape during the rise of the Nazi regime. Rosenthal died in 1937, and the family fled to America. The company would not regain its footing until 1950 when Rosenthal’s son, Philip, joined the firm and, in 1958, became chairman and dubbed Germany’s “China King.” At its peak, the company had 10,000 employees.

In the 1950s, Rosenthal’s modernist dinnerware was a significant part of the brand’s offerings, and by 1961 they introduced the famed Rosenthal Studio Line. Although furniture designers and ceramicists would lead the list of individuals working with Rosenthal — among them Tapio Wirkkala, Max Weber and Lisa Larson — the company eventually reached out to fine artists, not only Dalí and Warhol but Sandro Chia and Kenny Scharf. Rosenthal also collaborated with fashion designers Gianni Versace and Donatella Versace.

In a daring move in 1972, the company diversified into furniture, collaborating with some of the giants of mid-century modern design. The revolutionary Sunball chair, an icon of Space Age seating crafted by Selldorf and Ris, was among Rosenthal’s stellar successes in this venture.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Rosenthal ceramics, porcelain, tableware, seating and more.

Die Zauberflötte the Magic Flute Bjørn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Espresso Set
By Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal
Located in Miami, FL
Reduced From $2,500...Rosenthal Studio Linie by Bjørn Wiinblad Die  Zauberflöte Expresso Coffee Set. With the design for the Rosenthal Studio Linie The Magic Flute, the Danish artist...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal

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Porcelain

Rosenthal Cruet and Vase Set by Björn Wiinblad
By Rosenthal
Located in Stockholm, SE
Romance pattern set of cruet and vase by Björn Wiinblad for Rosenthal. Porcelain with 24-karat gold decorations. Very good condition. Cruet measures: 16 x 10 cm, vase 18 x 8 cm.  
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal

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Gold

Rosenthal, Gustav Oppel, 'Salambo', Art Deco Porcelain Figure, Circa 1930's
By Rosenthal
Located in Chatham, ON
Rosenthal- Gustav Oppel (1891-1978) - 'Salambo' - Model Number 956/2 - Fine Art Deco 'snake charmer' porcelain figurine - hand painted - featuring gold gi...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Rosenthal

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Porcelain

Pop Art Andy Warhol Self Portrait Square Glass Tray, Rosenthal, 1990s
By Rosenthal, (after) Andy Warhol
Located in Bochum, NRW
Self-portrait Curved Glass Tray, designed by the iconic artist Andy Warhol, edited by Rosenthal Studio Line. This glass tray is both a practical accessory and a captivating piece of ...
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1990s German Post-Modern Rosenthal

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Glass

Burkhard Vogtherr for Rosenthal Studio Line 'Vario Pillo' Modular Sofa
By Rosenthal, Burkhard Vogtherr
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Burkhard Vogtherr for Rosenthal, model 'Vario Pillo', modular sofa, Germany, 1970s This exuberant buildable sofa is designed by Burkhard Vogtherr. A very ...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal

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Fabric, Plastic

Angelo Mangiarotti & Chiara Pampo 'Légère' Lounge Chairs with Ottoman
By Angelo Mangiarotti, Rosenthal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Mangiarotti e Chiara Pampo for Rosenthal, pair of 'Légère' lounge chairs with ottoman, lacquered ash, leather, Italy, 1978 Sturdy lounge chairs complemented with an ottoman d...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Rosenthal

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Leather, Ash

Waldemar Rothe for Rosenthal 'Relaxer I' Hammock
By Rosenthal, Waldemar Rothe
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Waldemar Rothe for Rosenthal, 'Relaxer I' hammock, beech, fabric, rope, iron, Germany, 1974 For a calm day off or a break in-between, this wonderful hammock by Waldemar Rothe will e...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal

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Iron

Waldemar Rothe for Rosenthal 'Relaxer I' Hammock
Waldemar Rothe for Rosenthal 'Relaxer I' Hammock
H 49.61 in W 22.45 in D 108.27 in
Angelo Mangiarotti & Chiara Pampo 'Légère' Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Angelo Mangiarotti, Rosenthal
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Angelo Mangiarotti e Chiara Pampo for Rosenthal, 'Légère' lounge chair with ottoman, lacquered ash, leather, Italy, 1978 Sturdy lounge chair complemented with an ottoman designed by...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Rosenthal

Materials

Leather, Ash

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Rosenthal furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Rosenthal furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Rosenthal furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Rosenthal were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Lorenz Hutschenreuther, Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM), and Carstens Tönnieshof. Prices for Rosenthal furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $28 and can go as high as $60,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $547.
Questions About Rosenthal
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To identify Rosenthal crystal, look for one of the company's maker's marks. The German crystal manufacturer changed their hallmark many times over the years, so you can use an authoritative online reference to determine an approximate manufacturing date. On 1stDibs, find a selection of expertly vetted Rosenthal crystal.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Rosenthal porcelain is made in factories in Selb and Speichersdorf, Germany. Notably, the head of the Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius, designed the factory in Selb. Philipp Rosenthal founded Rosenthal in 1879. On 1stDibs, you can find a selection of Rosenthal porcelain.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sambonet Paderno Industrie S.p.A. owns Rosenthal china as of January 2022. The Italian company purchased the porcelain manufacturer in 2009. Philipp Rosenthal founded Rosenthal in 1879 in Selb, Bavaria, Germany. You'll find a variety of Rosenthal china on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Rosenthal china is still being produced. Rosenthal was founded in 1979 in Germany with a passion for innovation and design with high-quality materials and hand-painted designs. Shop a collection of authentic Rosenthal goods on 1stDibs.

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