Porcelain coffee cup and saucer
Artist/Maker: Rosenthal
Place and Date of Production: Germany, 1960
Materials, technic: porcelain, decal, gilding
Dimensions: height of the cup - 4 cm; diameter of saucer - 11,5 cm

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The first Rosenthal company - a factory decorating porcelain, was started in 1879 in Southern Germany. It was founded by Philipp Rosenthal in Erkersreuth near Selv, Bavaria. By 1890 the factory moved to Selb. During the next 10 years, the company was expanding extensively and several factories were opened or taken over. Art departments for ceramics were established in 1910 and 1920. Following the foundation of a glassworks in 1920, fruitful co-operation between a lot of contemporary glass artists and designers began - among those the Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad. Philipp Rosenthal was forced to leave Germany during the war, being Jewish, but Philip Rosenthal (Philipp's son) followed in his father's footsteps. The son set new standards for production and development. He wanted the avantgarde applied in the porcelain designs. The company has expanded every year ever since. Around their centenary in 1979, 8500 people were employed by Rosenthal globally. It is said, that the Rosenthal's success is due to the father and his sons always paying great attention to marketing techniques, as well as their big set-up and development of concession-shops and studio-departments in the postwar years. Co-operating with Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal has produced several series of plates, in porcelain as well as in a glass. Among others the porcelain plate series "Aladin", the glass-plate series "The Parables", the porcelain plate series "Christmas Carols", the porcelain plate series "Christmas plates" and the glass plate series "Christmas plates". By 1997 Waterford Wedgwood bought the controlling interest in Rosenthal. Today Rosenthal is an independent member of the Waterford Wedgwood Holding Group - the worlds biggest manufacturers of "Table Culture" products. In 2000 the German porcelain factory Hutschenreuther was bought by Rosenthal.