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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
Pair Black and White Op Art Rosenthal Studio-Linie Vases Martin Freyer
By Rosenthal, Martin Freyer
Located in Melbourne, AU
Scarce and collectable, this pair of Op Art, Black and White vases by Martin Freyer typify 1960s, 70s and 80s modernism. The crisp lines and pristine matt finish of the porcelain giv...

1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal


Ceramic, Porcelain

'Pool' Modular Sofa, by Colani , Price Includes Reupholstery & choice of color
By Rosenthal, Luigi Colani
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...

1970s German Space Age Vintage Rosenthal


Fiberglass, Foam, Rubber, Wool, Canvas

Vernor Panton Relaxer Rocking Chair in New Green Wool and Wood for Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Sculptural and iconic rocking lounge chair designed by Vernor Panton for Rosenthal Einrichtung Germany. Organically shaped and well proportioned in relation to stability. Solid beech...

1970s German Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal


Fabric, Wood

Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
By Elsa Fischer-Treyden, Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
Incredible 62 piece set of Fortuna glasses, designed by Elsa Fischer - Treyden for Rosenthal, circa 1960's. It would be hard to find a more chic set of drinking glasses, and impossib...

Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal


Glass, Art Glass

  • Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
  • Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
  • Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
  • Large Set 62 Pcs Fortuna Rosenthal Stemware
H 5.13 in. W 2.5 in. D 2.5 in.
Porcelain Group 'The Sin', Faun with Nymphs, Rosenthal Selb Germany, 1917
By Rosenthal
Located in Vienna, AT
Admirable Art Nouveau Figurine by Rosenthal. Laughing faun with crossed goat legs flanked by two nymphs sitting on a rock plinth. While the female figure on the left buries her face...

1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Rosenthal



Modernist Signed Rosenthal Emerald & Translucent Glass Art Nouveau Candle Holder
By Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
This stunning signed modernist vase was realized in Germany during the latter half of the 20th century by the esteemed maker Rosenthal. It features a translucent circular base in an ...

20th Century German Modern Rosenthal



Vintage Rosenthal Black and White Monochrome Dish by Hans-Theo Baumann, 1960s
By Rosenthal, Hans Theo Baumann
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish and scarce vintage midcentury German porcelain rounded bowl of shallow form decorated with a central black star and web design by Hans-Theo Baumann and designed for Ro...

1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal



Round Porcelain Lidded Trinket Box by Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal Studio Line
By Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal
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...

Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Rosenthal


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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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