Snake Charmer


A rare undamaged Rosenthal model of the Snake Charmer 

Model # K442

Modelled by Berthold Boess 1916, one of a series of dancers he made for this top German factory.

This beautiful hand painted figurine depicts a half nude with gold pipe and cobra.

Marked with the green factory stamp to base; dated 1920.

Stands 20 cm tall

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.

Berthold Boess ( 1877  -1977 )

1893 -1901 training at the School of Applied Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany. 1913 -34 freelancer of Rosenthal.

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