Beautiful antique ROSENTHAL MALMAISON porcelain BAVARIA cake plate or cabinet plate featuring handpainted sprays and tendrils of purple violets on a pale pink and white background. (c. 1898-1906) This porcelain plate bowl is marked on the back Philip Rosenthal & Co. Malmaison Bavaria. The deeply scalloped edge is trimmed in violet and has metallic gold gilding. Each purple violet has a yellow center, and they are set against a deep and lush green leaf foliage.
This fine Bavarian porcelain plate is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing noted. Light wear to the gold metallic trim. Marked on the bottom with a "crown", "crossed swords" with the initials R. and C., MALMAISON and BAVARIA in green ink. This lovely plate measures 8" in diameter and stands 1" high.
Phillip Rosenthal started the Rosenthal China Company in 1884. The business began in Selb, Bavaria (Germany) and quickly expanded to other villages. Phillip Rosenthal built his company by buying white porcelain from another company called Hutschenreuther. He then designed his pieces based on patterns developed by his wife, Maria. During the 1890s and early 1900s, the Rosenthal China Co. acquired numerous factories throughout Germany.
During the onset of World War II, Rosenthal and his family fled the country. At that time, the Rosenthal China Co. operated nearly a dozen outlets and employed thousands of people. When World War II ended, the Rosenthal family returned to Germany to pick up the pieces of their business. Through perseverance and dedication, Phillip Rosenthal Jr. rebuilt his father's empire and made it even more successful than it was before.
Rosenthal pieces are very distinguished. At once inimitable and intuitive, the designs are ageless. Despite marketplace pressures to speed up production and mass-produce some of the more popular Rosenthal pieces, the company has held fast to its ideals of quality and "better form." West Germany: Rosenthal's New Look
A1826 - Antique Bavarian ROSENTHAL MALMAISON Porcelain Cake or Cabinet Plate VIOLETS Bavaria