Drinking Tiger from Rosenthal

Modelled in 1927 by German sculptor Hermann Geibel 1889-1972

Marked on belly with green Rosenthal Kunstabteilung Selb Germany factory mark. Dates to the 1946.

First quality

Stands 15 cm tall x 24 cm

HG incised on front paw.

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, checked under 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.

Hermann Karl Geibel ( 1889  – 1972 )

Born in Freiburg im Breisgau, the son of Armin Franz Geibel and his wife Elisabeth Margarethe Galli. He grew up in Freiburg and Basel. After school, he studied drawing and modelling at the Art Academy in Dresden and trained in Munich as a draftsman and sculptor. Geibel also attended sculpture classes with Erwin Kurz and courses by the animal painter Heinrich von Zügel and Gustaf Britsch.

From 1916 to 1934 he lived as a freelance sculptor in Munich where he undertook numerous extensive study trips to Greece, France, Italy and Spain. In 1934, Geibel became an associate professor of Design and Modelling, Nude Drawing, and Applied Sculpture at TH Darmstadt .

His artistic work is dominated by portraits and animal depictions. His most famous work of art in Darmstadt is probably the unicorn fountain erected in 1955 in Kirchstraße.

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