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Rosenthal

Rosenthal is known for its fine porcelain, vases and dinnerware, and its history of collaboration with celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. The company was founded in 1879 by Philipp Rosenthal in Selb, Germany. Rosenthal changed hands several times over the next century, and in 2009 it was acquired by the Italian firm Sambonet Paderno Industrie. Throughout its 130 years, Rosenthal has produced tens of thousands of designs. Some are part of the Rosenthal Archives, a 15,000-exhibit collection purchased by the Oberfranken Foundation and put on permanent loan to the State Museum of Porcelain in Selb. Along with Dali and Warhol, Rosenthal has worked with dozens of top names in design, including Gianni Versace, William Wagenfeld, and Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement. Throughout the years, the company has produced decorative objects in styles ranging from classic to contemporary. One example from 1924 is the Flower Décor Covered Jar, which is hand-painted with a floral pattern and has gold rococo accents. A mid-century modern example would be the 1970s Flared Queensbury Vase, with a streamlined shape and a glazed marble finish. Through its Studio-Haus line, Rosenthal makes animal figures from white bisque porcelain, which include a gorilla, an elephant, a rhinoceros and a giraffe. Dinnerware produced by the company includes the Moon White 20-piece set; the plates, bowls and other pieces in this set have a simple design and are done in stark white porcelain. Rosenthal currently makes this, and a wide selection of other dinnerware patterns, such as the delicate Brilliance Fleurs des Alpes, a blue and yellow edging suggesting mountain wildflowers against the snow.