BRIEF DESCRIPTION: We are offering a beautiful, Pre-World War II Rosenthal porcelain figurine, featuring an impish nude boy playing and dancing with an equally impish young kid goat. From the manufacturing mark at the bottom of the piece, we can tell that this figurine was produced between 1935 – 1938. Currently, there are a few other figurines on the market made from this mold, but their backstamps date them to later periods, ranging from the US occupation to the 1950’s. The backstamp on our figurine confirms that this is an earlier product, made prior to WW II. The initials MHF, impressed lightly on the base of the figurine, tell us that the piece was designed by Max Hermann Fritz (1873-1948), a famous German sculptor and porcelain designer. Fritz, who started as a pupil of Lorenz Hutschenreuther, primarily directed his creative focus to small sculptures, including animals and putti, or children.
This figurine is exquisitely modeled, with great detail given to features such as the boys’ curls, childish form, and the goat’s exquisite coat. The boy is rendered in cream tones except for his tousled, rich brown hair. The goat, on the other hand, is rendered in rich details with patches of dark gray and tannish brown fur, black hooves, and expressive eyes and mouth. The figurine measures 8" in height, and rests on an oval base measuring 3-½" in length and 3-¼" in width. Our figurine is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips, repairs or stains.
BRIEF HISTORY: Philipp Rosenthal (1855-1937) began his porcelain business in Germany in 1884. He purchased white ware from the Hutschenreuther company, which his wife, Maria hand-decorated, and then he resold the finished wares door to door. In 1891, Rosenthal established a factory in Asch, Bohemia and began production of his own white ware. Rosenthal’s business was highly successful, and from 1897 to 1934, he acquired further factories in Kronach, Marktredwitz, Selb, Waldenburg, Sophienthal, and Waldershof. The Marktredwitz factory acquisition in 1908 included acquisition of the brand name Thomas.
In 1934, the Rosenthal family - which was Jewish - came under significant pressure from the growth of German Nationalism. Ultimately, the Nazi government stripped the Rosenthals of any ability to manage the company; eventually, it became clear that the operations would soon be nationalized, and so, in 1935, Philipp Rosenthal fled Germany. When he left, his company employed more than 5,000 people across 10 different companies. Sadly, he died in 1937.
At the outbreak of World War II, Philip Jr. joined the Scottish Air Force, and subsequently the French Foreign Legion, and then the British Foreign Office. The Rosenthal company continued with limited production throughout World War II under the auspices of the Third Reich. When World War II ended, Philip Jr. returned to Germany to reclaim his family's assets and reassert control over the company. It was a difficult situation, and no resolution was achieved by Phillip Jr. until September, 1950. When he returned to leadership of the Rosenthal company, Philip Jr. successfully modernized out-of-date factories and re-established the company's lost markets, including its former market in the United States. To this day, the Rosenthal name is associated with quality porcelain items.
Shipping is free for this stunning Rosenthal Pre-WWII figurine to the 48 contiguous United States.