We have a marvelously large vase hand painted with glorious chrysanthemums made from Rosenthal Company white ware bearing the green under glaze mark used from 1891 - 1906. Standing a full 10" tall, and resting on a base 2-5/8" in diameter, this cylindrically-shaped vase is beautifully decorated with an impressionistic array of pink and purple chrysanthemum flowers fading into a background of leaves and shadows. Gorgeous! Although painted by a very skilled artist, there is no artist's signature that we could find, other than the initials "H M N" or "H M H" written on the base -- and this could just as easily have been applied to indicate ownership as an artist's initials. The numbers "57/11" are also penciled on the base of this beautiful antique porcelain Rosenthal vase, and we cannot divine what this code refers to.
This antique porcelain Rosenthal vase is in excellent condition, with no repairs, no cracks, no chips and only minimal wear to the gold rim. We will note that there are a couple of pin-head sized glaze pops in the interest of being totally rigorous in our description of condition. Please see our photographs, as they are an excellent indicator of the fine condition of this rare, Large Antique Porcelain Rosenthal Vase With Hand Painted Pink And Purple Chrysanthemums.
BRIEF HISTORY: Philipp Rosenthal (1855-1937) entered the decorative porcelain business in Germany in 1884 by purchasing white ware from the Hutschenreuther Company which he resold door to door after his wife hand-decorated it. In 1891, he established a factory in Asch, Bohemia and began production of his own white ware. From 1897 to 1934, Rosenthal built and acquired additional factories in Kronach, Selb, Waldenburg and other cities in Bavaria.
By 1934 the Rosenthal Company employed more than 5,000 people across 10 different companies. However, during the last half of 1934, the rising tide of the German Nationalist movement led to the family being stripped of any participation in the Rosenthal Company. Philipp Rosenthal was exiled in 1935, and died in 1937, after which his family emigrated abroad. The Rosenthal Company continued a somewhat limited production throughout World War II under the leadership of the Nazi Regime.
After fleeing Germany, Philip Rosenthal Jr. joined the Scottish Air Force and subsequently the French Foreign Legion. When World War II ended, Rosenthal returned to Germany and petitioned to reclaim the family's assets and what was left of its manufacturing concerns, finally achieving a measure of success in September of 1950. Upon his return as the head of the Company, Philip Jr. modernized out of date factories and re-established lost markets. Backed by his Board of Directors, Philip Jr. employed talented artists to design more streamlined and contemporary products, and to reassert Rosenthal's dominance in the world-wide market for European porcelains.