Drake and Duck

£245.00

A wonderful pair of porcelain ducks from the German factory Rosenthal.

Modelled by Willy Zugel in 1913; 

Willy Zugel German artist at Meissen, Nymphenburg and Rosenthal 1911-1926.

Large Drake and Duck # 341

Marked Selb – Bavaria to base, dated 1924.

Measures 16.5 cm high

First quality

Condition: Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, checked with UV light for repairs.

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Description

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.

Willy Zugel ( 1876 – 1950 )

Willy Zügel, was the first born son of the animal painter Heinrich von Zügel . He first studied painting in his father’s class at the Munich Academy, but later turned his talents to sculpture whilst studying in Paris. By 1910 he became an active member of the Munich Secession movement. He lived alternately in Munich and Murrhardt.

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