Moor Flute


Extremely rare Rosenthal Art Deco figurine of a Moor playing a flute.

A set of four porcelain Moor Musicians were first made at Rosenthal in the 1940s, Flute – Cymbals – Concertina – Lute, designed by Hugo Meisel.

The Moor playing the flute has a white glaze, painted flute and brown bisque skin.

Marked with the green Rosenthal factory crossed roses and Banhof Selb Bavaria, dated to base 1953. 

Stands at 19 cm high x 10 cm x 5.5 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.

Hugo Meisel (1887-1966)

Meisel worked for Rosenthal from 1936 to 1937. He was a porcelain “master-sculptor”  as well as bronze sculptor and so we can most likely attribute the actual sculpting of your figures to him. His figures are notable for what is described as a “restrained naturalism”. An important figure, he was head of the Staatliches Museum of Heidecksburg from 1950 to 1959. Hugo Meisel created the famous “Mohren” (moors) figurines as well as “Vogel flieg” (bird flies) and “Pfeifer” (pipers).

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