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Rosenthal Seating

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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.

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Creator: Rosenthal
'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

1973, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Side Chair Including Original Panton Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
This icon is with armrests, pretty rare, with a swivel base. The chair's fabric is in very good condition. The base has some tiny spots. The paint of the foot has traces of wear or d...
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Metal, Chrome

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

Materials

Fabric, Wood

1973, Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Serie Easy Chair in Original Panton Fabric
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Very rare, almost spotless, very comfortable easy chair with armrests by Verner Panton, an icon of the 1970s by Panton. Original fabric with beautiful dessin and in two shades of o...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Chrome, Metal

Verner Panton Relaxer 2 Rocking Chair by Rosenthal
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
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

1969, Burkhardt Vogtherr for Rosenthal Studio-Linie, Turquoise Modulares Sofa
By Burkhard Vogtherr, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Vario Pillo Modulares sofa von Burkhardt Vogtherr für Rosenthal studio line, 1970er set Four broad elements and two small elements which can be set in divers composition. Stained (s...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fabric, Upholstery, Plastic, Fiberglass

Tandem Relaxer 2for2 Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
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

Modular Sofa by Luigi Colani for Rosenthal, Germany, Space Age, 1970s
By Rosenthal, Luigi Colani
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modular Sofa; Sectional Sofa; Luigi Colani; Rosenthal; Germany; German Design; Minimalist Space Age; Upholstery; 1970s; A rare modular sofa designed in the 1970s by recently decea...
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1970s German Space Age Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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Fiberglass, Foam, Fabric

1973, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, 1-2-3 Serie, Rare Chaise Longue, Ochre Fabric
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Beautiful timeless design on round wooden legs. The chaise longue has its original upholstery in a dark yellow ochre stretching fabric. The chair is still in it's original fabric so ...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

1973 Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Series Dining Chair in Brown Fabric
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Fabric is in good condition, but slightly loose fit. The food is in good condition as well, but has minor scratches on two spots (see picture #7). On request reupholstery is possibl...
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1970s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Steel

1970, Verner Panton, 1-2-3 Serie Office Chair, Original Panton Fabric by Kvadrat
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Very rare office chair by Verner Panton. Fabric in very good condition. Only on top some light stain because of usage (see pictures.) Base in very good condition. Weight 10 kg.
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1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Metal, Chrome

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

Materials

Velvet, Fiberglass

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. R...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Jutta & Herbert Ohl Swing chair Rosenthal Lübke, Germany, 1982
By Rosenthal, Herbert Ohl
Located in London, GB
Contour heaven. Swing chair designed by Jutta & Herbert Ohl for Rosenthal Lübke, Germany 1982. Cantilevered design, powder-coated steel.
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Metal

'Relaxer 2' Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany 1970s
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in Ranst, VAN
Nice “Relaxer 2” rocking chair designed by Verner Panton for Rosenthal in the 70s. The cushion is reupholstered in a very soft cream beige fabric.  
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Mid-20th Century German Scandinavian Modern Rosenthal Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Sunball Chair by Rosenthal, Design 1969 Selldorf & Rijs, Made in Germany
By Rosenthal, Ris and Selldorf, Otto Piene
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

Materials

Fiberglass

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First Edition P32 Lounge Set by Borsani, Early Triangulated Form Wire Base, 1956
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
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By Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandström, Dux of Sweden
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Amazing Space Age 'Pool' Modular Sofa, Luigi Colani for Rosenthal Germany, 1970
By Rosenthal, Luigi Colani
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Extremely rare and huge modular 'Pool' sofa by recently deceased German Space Age designer pioneer Luigi Colani (1928-2019). The 'pool' sofa was designed in 1970 by German designer ...
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'Relaxer 2' Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany 1970s
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in Ranst, VAN
Nice “Relaxer 2” rocking chair designed by Verner Panton for Rosenthal in the 70s. The cushion is reupholstered in a very soft cream beige fabric.  
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Tandem Relaxer 2-Seat Rocking Chair by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Germany
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Five Original Cone Chairs Designed Verner Panton for Rosenthal 1958, Denmark
By Verner Panton, Rosenthal
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Five Cone chairs, Modell K series designed by Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Denmark 1958. Chrome base, five different colors, new fabric, swiveling.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Rosenthal Seating

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1974, Verner Panton, Rosenthal, Original Wooden Rocker with Original Upholstery
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Rocking chair, beautiful original piece in very good condition, besides some minor traces of wear like some spots on the fabric (see picture #8) and some minor traces on the wooden f...
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1958, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Cone Chair in Original Orange Linen Fabric
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
Located in IJMuiden, NL
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1958, Verner Panton for Rosenthal, Cone High Stool, Original Turqois Linen Fabri
By Rosenthal, Verner Panton
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By Simon Desanta, Rosenthal, De Sede
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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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.

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