Our gorgeous Rosenthal Bahnhof Selb Germany Aida tea trio was produced in the Continental pattern, number 2926. Masterfully designed with lavish, all over decoration, the three pieces are painted a deep maroon/burgundy color and embellished with a gold encrusted pattern of elegant flowers, scrolls, and urns. The center of the dessert plate, pedestal footed cup, and saucer are adorned with a gold medallion. The rims of both plates are finished with a thin band of gold, while the gold band of the teacup spans a full inch along the inside rim of its bowl. The teacup's handle is completely gilded. The mold shape of the tea trio is the classic Rosenthal Aida, and each piece bears the green underglaze mark Rosenthal Bahnhof Selb (Bahnhof means railway), and a crown and double rose, which dates the production of this set from between 1942 to 1953. Additionally, the porcelain is marked with the pattern and its own individual mold number in red. This rare and beautiful porcelain was not made for export and was brought to the country by a family who traveled to Germany in the late 1940's.
All of the pieces in this set are in excellent vintage condition, with no chips, nicks, cracks or scratches (please ignore the cotton fibers left behind from my super soft dusting cloth that the camera picked up when I photographed!) The dessert plate measures 7-5/8" in diameter, and is marked 2926 31. The saucer measures 6-1/4" in diameter, and is marked 2926 20. The teacup stands 2-1/4" tall on its lovely gilded pedestal, with a rim measuring 4" in diameter, and 4-3/4" from the edge of its delicately curved handle to the opposite rim of its bowl. The cup is marked 31.
This teacup trio is a fabulous find!
BRIEF HISTORY: Jacob Zeidler founded the Porzellanfabrik Jacob Zeidler & Co in 1866 along the newly constructed Hof Selb railway. Philipp Rosenthal joined the porcelain factory in 1913, and had completely taken it over by 1917. By 1936, Rosenthal had acquired numerous porcelain factories. (In 1884, Phillip Rosenthal began his porcelain empire by selling wares door to door that were hand painted by his wife, Maria. Rosenthal initially purchased the white ware that his wife decorated from Hutschenreuther.) At the outbreak of World War I, operations at the Bahnhof Selb porcelain factory ceased. After the war, Rosenthal restructured the business and the factory became an art department in 1920. Successfully utilizing the talent of skillful decorators, the business flourished. Philip Rosenthal Jr later encouraged designers from around the world to the factory to spend time and provide new design ideas. The factory was fully operational until 1969, but as it had become too small, a new complex (Rosenthal am Rothbühl) was built. The Rosenthal porcelain studio enjoyed a long history of making highly decorative porcelain pieces.