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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.

Average Sold Price
$1,925
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Materials
'Pool' Modular Sofa, by Colani , Price Includes Reupholstery & choice of color
By Luigi Colani, Rosenthal
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Extremely rare and huge modular 'Pool' sofa by recently deceased German Space Age design pioneer Luigi Colani (1928-2019). I have been collecting elements of Colani's rare modular...
Category

1970s German Space Age Vintage Rosenthal

Materials

Fiberglass, Foam, Rubber, Wool, Canvas

Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
By Barbara Brenner, Rosenthal
Located in Miami, FL
Large organic postmodern porcelain vase by Barbara Brenner for Rosenthal, 1980s.
Category

Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Rosenthal

Materials

Porcelain

  • Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
  • Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
  • Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
  • Barbara Brenner Porcelain Vase for Rosenthal
H 7.75 in. W 9.75 in. D 5.5 in.
Bjorn Wiinblad Die Zauberflote Sarastro Vase for Rosenthal
By Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Exquisite "Magic Flute" porcelain vase designed by Bjorn Wiinblad and made for Rosenthal. It celebrates Mozart's Die Zauberflote and depicts different scenes from Mozart's greatest c...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal

Materials

Porcelain

Large Eva Vase Bjorn Wiinblad Rosenthal Vase Ceramic Sculpture
By Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Bjorn Wiinblad designed Porcelain Eva Vase done by Rosenthal Studio Linie in Germany. It is 14 inches tall and signed Rosenthal Studio Linie Germany Bjorn Wiinblad.
Category

1970s German Vintage Rosenthal

Materials

Ceramic

Tapio Wirkkala Rosenthal Germany Studio Line Polygon White & Gold Serving Bowl
By Rosenthal, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in New York, NY
A multi-sided porcelain serving bowl in the Polygon pattern designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal Germany's Studio Line collection. All white with gold edged sides.
Category

1970s German Minimalist Vintage Rosenthal

Materials

Porcelain

"Studio Line" White Porcelain Tea Pot by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
By Tapio Wirkkala, Rosenthal
Located in San Diego, CA
Mid-Century Modern "Studio Line" white porcelain tea pot by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal, circa 1970s. The piece is in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks and measure...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal

Materials

Porcelain

Round Porcelain Lidded Trinket Box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line
By Rosenthal, Bjorn Wiinblad
Located in San Diego, CA
Round porcelain lidded trinket box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line, circa 1970s. The box is 5" D x 6.5" H made of white porcelain decorated with a geometric gold leaf mot...
Category

Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Rosenthal

Materials

Gold Leaf

Rare Ceramic Clock Designed by Lino Sabattini for Rosenthal Signed Memphis Era
By Rosenthal, Lino Sabattini
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible hard to find piece design by Lino Sabattini, circa 1980s in black mate porcelain finish, stamped at the bottom no chips or cracks.
Category

Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Rosenthal

Materials

Ceramic

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Rosenthal furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Rosenthal furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Rosenthal collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 394 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Rosenthal's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Lore Friedrich-Gronau, Helmut Friedrich Schäffenacker and Lorenz Hutschenreuther. Rosenthal furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $21 and tops out at $60,000, while pieces like these can sell for $568 on average.

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