Empire Dancer


Rosenthal Empire Dancer; model # 206

Modelled by Erna von Langenmantel-Reitzenstein in 1913

A beautiful finely detailed figurine, hand painted in gorgeous colours of green and 24ct gold.

Stands 18 cm tall

Dated 1950s.

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.

Erna Baroness von Langenmantel-Reitzenstein ( 1890 – 1968 )

The sculpture, painter and silhouette cutter Erna Baroness von Langenmantel-Reitzenstein was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1890. She was the daughter of painter Ludwig Ritter Von Herterich (1856-1932).  

In 1910 she was accepted as a member of the Munich Art Society. From 1912, she was a freelancer with the porcelain factory Rosenthal, Selb, Germany. In 1913, Erna designed for Rosenthal three classic dancer figurines: Empiretanzerin, Rokokotanzerin and Barocktanzerin.  

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