Discontinued vintage ROSENTHAL porcelain bone china scalloped demitasse teacup tea cup and saucer set in the CLASSIC ROSE pattern. (c. 1983) Excellent condition and will include the combined original Certificate of Authenticity from Rosenthal, West Germany and the Danbury Mint. This fine bone china cup and saucer set is number 1 in the set of the Danbury Mint's Cups & Saucers of the World's Great Porcelain Houses. The 1st cup & saucer set was released and shipped out on October 31, 1983, and the 25th (last) cup and saucer set was released and shipped out on December 31, 1985!
When Philip Rosenthal established a porcelain factory in Self, Bavaria in 1879, he succeeded in earning almost instant acclaim for the quality of the porcelain he produced. It soon became apparent that his fine porcelain coffee and tea sets were highly coveted. He expanded in 1891 and again in 1897, opening factories in Kronach, Marktredvitz and Waldenburg to meet the demand for fine porcelain. The name Rosenthal soon became closely associated with highly artistic porcelain renderings. Rosenthal drew upon the most talented artisans in Europe and successfully completed with the best German factories of the day.
The Rosenthal tradition of excellence was handed down from father to son. Following World War II, Philip Rosenthal, Jr., enlisted the aid of the best contemporary artists to create designs that were both aesthetically pleasing as well as functionally perfect.
The House of Rosenthal was able to draw upon its artistic heritage in creating this exquisite teacup and saucer for this collection. The shape of the cup was adapted from an 18th century design of the Rococo period. It is contemporary while at the same time conveying the charm and grace of yesteryear.
Rococo as an art form is wonderfully suited to the hard paste porcelain designs perfected at Rosenthal's factories. Rococo consists of scrolls, foliage and flowers, played off, one against the other, in light airy arrangements. The wide petal feet of this coup were designed to prevent spills from spotting a lady's frock. The handle is a perfectly proportioned and executed flower's stem - in reverse! The softly shaded pastel coloring of the blue rose flowers reflects the skill of the glazing techniques employed at the Rosenthal works.
This fine bone china demitasse teacup measures 2.25" tall, +2.25" in diameter at the tea cup lip and 3.25" from the tip of the teacup handle to the outside tip of the teacup. The matching scalloped saucer measures 5" in diameter. Both are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and are marked on the bases with DESIGNED & PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE DANBURY MINT, CLASSIC ROSE, ROSENTHAL GROUP, GERMANY.
A2079 - Vintage ROSENTHAL Porcelain Bone China Scalloped Demitasse Teacup Tea Cup & Saucer Set - CLASSIC ROSE Germany