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Rosenthal Seating

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.

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Creator: Rosenthal
Angelo Mangiarotti & Chiara Pampo 'Légère' lounge chair with ottoman, 1978
By Rosenthal, Angelo Mangiarotti
Located in SITTARD, LI
This large and extremely comfortable 'Légère' lounge chair with ottoman is designed by well known designer Angelo Mangiarotti and Chiaro Pampo. Produced by high end furniture produce...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Leather, Ash

'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...
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1970s German Space Age Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fiberglass, Foam, Rubber, Wool, Canvas

Mid-Century Tropical Lounge Chair by Burkhard Vogtherr for Rosenthal, 1970s
By Burkhard Vogtherr, Rosenthal
Located in Munster, DE
"Hombre" lounge chairs designed by Burkhard Vogtherr for the Rosenthal Studio Line. Four chairs with strong wooden frames, high quality down cushions with original tropical fabric. A...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Wood, Down

Rocking Chair, Relaxer, Verner Panton, 1970s, Rosenthal, Midcentury Armchair Vtg
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, FR
Iconic rocking chair designed by Verner Panton for Rosenthal. Germany. 1970s Very good condition. Color: blue grey Mid-Century Modern. Vintage furniture. Italian design. 1970s. Rose...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Verner Panton Set of 2 "Relaxer 2" Rocking Chairs by Rosenthal, 1970s
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in The Hague, NL
Mid-Century Modern set of the pair rocking chairs " Relaxer II " by famous Danish designer Verner Panton and manufactured by Rosenthal Einrichtung in Germany, 1970s. The chairs ar...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Burkhard Vogtherr for Rosenthal Studio Line 'Vario Pillo' Modular Sofa
By Burkhard Vogtherr, Rosenthal
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 rare type of modular sofa...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Plastic

Tandem Relaxer 2for2 Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in Halle, DE
Tandem Relaxer rocking chair by famous Danish designer Verner Panton. Manufactured by Rosenthal Studio-Line, Germany, 1974. This rocking chair is the very rare version for 2 people. ...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Beech

Vernor Panton Relaxer Rocking Chair in New Green Wool and Wood for Rosenthal
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
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...
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1970s German Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Original Sunball Chair by Gunter Ris and Ferdinand Selldorf for Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Ris and Selldorf
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
This is a fully restored original version of this 1960's iconic classic astronaut's helmet style space age outdoor swivel chair, As you can imagine, after 60 plus years, the original...
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Mid-20th Century German Space Age Rosenthal Seating

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Velvet, Fiberglass

Verner Panton Relaxer 2 Rocking Chair by Rosenthal
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in Berlin, DE
Verner Panton relaxer 2 rocking chair by Rosenthal "Relaxer II" rocking chair by Danish designer Verner Panton manufactured by Rosenthal Einrichtung in Germany. These have the origi...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Wood, Fabric

1973 Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Series Dining Chair in Brown Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. Fabric is in good condition, but slightly loose fit. The food is in good condition as well, but has mino...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Steel

1973, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, 1-2-3 Serie, Rare Chaise Longue, Ochre Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for competitive shipping quote. Beautiful timeless design on round wooden legs. The chaise longue has its original upholstery in a dark yello...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

1969, Burkhardt Vogtherr for Rosenthal Studio-Linie, Turquoise Modulares Sofa
By Burkhard Vogtherr, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. Vario Pillo Modulares sofa von Burkhardt Vogtherr für Rosenthal studio line, 1970er set Four broad elem...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Plastic, Fiberglass

1973, Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Serie Easy Chair in Original Panton Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. Very rare, almost spotless, very comfortable easy chair with armrests by Verner Panton, an icon of the 1...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Chrome, Metal

1973, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Side Chair Including Original Panton Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. This icon is with armrests, pretty rare, with a swivel base. The chair's fabric is in very good conditio...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Metal, Chrome

1970, Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Serie Office Chair, Original Panton Fabric by Kvadrat
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quotes. Very rare office chair by Verner Panton. Fabric in very good condition. Only on top some light stain bec...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Metal, Chrome

Swing Chair Bar Stool Design Jutta & Herbert Ohl Rosenthal Studio Line 1980's
By Rosenthal
Located in Krefeld, DE
Swing chair / bar stool designed by Jutta & Herbert Ohl for Rosenthal Lübke, Germany in 1982. Silver powder-coated steel. Price for one chair one more available.  
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Rosenthal Seating

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Metal

Sunball Chair by Rosenthal, Design 1969 Selldorf & Rijs, Made in Germany
By Rosenthal, Otto Piene, Ris and Selldorf
Located in Munster, NRW
Exclusive design piece for outdoor use by Rosenthal. The "sun lounge chair" is an extremely rare and iconic piece of design history. The top slides down to shut and the shell can be ...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fiberglass

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Sunball chair by Günter Ferdinand Ris and Herbert Selldorf for Rosenthal, 1969
By Rosenthal, Günter Ferdinand Ris, Herbert Selldorf
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
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'Relaxer 2' Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany 1970s
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
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Verner Panton Set of 2 "Relaxer 2" Rocking Chairs by Rosenthal, 1970s
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Verner Panton Relaxer for Rosental, 1970
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in Vienna, Vienna
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H 32.29 in. W 24.81 in. D 38.19 in.
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Rosenthal seating for sale on 1stDibs

Rosenthal seating is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. Rosenthal's collection of seating has many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 7 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original seating by Rosenthal were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Alexander Begge, Gerd Lange and Luigi Colani. Rosenthal seating prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,416 on 1stDibs and tops at $60,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,394.
Questions About Rosenthal Seating
  • 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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