The Grapebearer, a rare porcelain figurine from Rosenthal

Model # 477

Modelled by Rudolf Marcuse 1917, one of a series of figures he made for this top German factory.

This beautiful hand painted and gilded figurine depicts a half nude with arms outstretched offering up a plate of grapes.

Marked with the green Rosenthal factory stamp Selb Bavaria to base.

Sit 17.5 cm 

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, 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.

Rudolf Marcuse ( 1878 – 1940 )

Marcuse studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin with Ernst Herter and received a scholarship to continue his studies.  In 1903, he won the Michael Beer Prize and in 1910 the silver medal and the Prix de Rome. He was also awarded a gold medal at the exhibition Brussels International – 1910.

The artist was also known for numerous bronze statuettes in Art Nouveau and Art Deco style as the discus thrower , the swordsman or the Amazon , many of which were implemented by the Berlin foundry Hermann Gladenbeck artisanal.

He designed porcelain figurines for the Schwarzburger Werkstätten für Porzellankunst , the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin (1911-1913) and for the manufactory Rosenthal (1913 – ca. 1919) with titles such as Im Wind (1913), Vor dem Bade (1913), Überbrettl (1914 ), Poodle Serenade , grape bearer (1917) and Egyptian dancer . 

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