Anna Pavlova


Rosenthal Art Deco Ballerina, ” Dying Swan “

A very rare porcelain figure of the world famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, hand painted in natural tones with 24ct gold decoration.

Modelled by Constantin Holzer-Defanti, Rosenthal artist 1918 – 1927.

Signed C.Holzer-Defanti on top of base.

Model number incised in base K 545

Marked with the green Rosenthal factory mark Selb-Bavaria; dated 1920

Sits 15 cm high x 26 cm x 10 cm.

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain or gilding, checked with UV light.

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History of the Rosenthal factory

Philipp Rosenthal (1855-1937) began business in Germany in 1884. Initially he purchased white ware from the company Hutschenreuther which was resold door to door after being hand-painted by his wife Maria. In 1891, he established a factory in Asch, Bohemia and began production of his own white ware.

Into the twentieth century and a  more affluent Germany emerged with improved living conditions and a disposable income appeared. Rosenthal spotted the unfilled market and started mass scale production of porcelain aimed at the newly emerging market. In only two generations the family firm expanded into a world class player. With a vision for modern art, freelance artists were employed and the interior decoration business began. In 1910 the art department at Selb was founded employing designers such as Himmelstoss, Karner, Oppel, Holzer-Defanti, Liebermann, Cassmann and many others. The same year the factory won the gold medal for it’s quality porcelain at the world fair Paris. Over the decades other factories were acquired in ceramics, glass, utensils and furniture. It’s top quality porcelain is still admired today for the way they captured their subjects movement, form and liveliness.


German Sculptress who worked during the early part of the twentieth century for the porcelain factories of Hutschenreuther and Rosenthal.

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