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Rosenthal Art Nouveau Pitcher Tankard c1922. Do you recognize pattern or artist?

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    Posted 12 years ago

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    Rosenthal Art Nouveau Pitcher Tankard. Would love to identify the pattern name and artist. This item is only marked with the c1922 Rosenthal mark, including Selb-Bavaria. It is 12 1/2 inches tall. Colors are green, purple and gold. While so much of this piece reflects Art Nouveau, I feel the painted pattern appears influenced by the Arts & Crafts style as well. I purchased this last summer at auction in Wisconsin and feel it is an unusual piece. I have not seen a pattern like it anywhere on the internet, and the Rosenthal sites have left me guessing still. Can you help?

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    1. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Based on what I just read on this site, I take back what I said about the Arts & Crafts influence. I now believe the band around the pitcher represents abstract "curves and lines of the female body." Do you agree?
    2. ozmarty ozmarty, 12 years ago
      No do not agree think this is a sylized flower design possibly a lotus flower.
    3. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Hmmm, that's interesting.
    4. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Regarding the pattern of the decorative band, what I see is...

      In the green I see a female form with arms raised with hands on head. In the purple I see the classic female V.

      I can also see the possibility of the flower, but when it's abstract, of course it is subjective to interpretation. It's one reason to try to find the pattern name and artist. Perhaps we can determine what was intended.
    5. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      I will share what I have learned since. Rosenthal DID start using the mark in 1922, but this pitcher was likely made in 1925, according to the expert I spoke with. The band is an Egyptian motif. The pattern was made in recognition of the discovery of the tomb of King Tut in 1922.

      Since there are no initials, it is a needle in a haystack to figure out the pattern name, artist or design house.
    6. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Also, it is considered to be a transitional piece between Art Nouveau and Art Deco with charactaristics of both eras.
    7. ozmarty ozmarty, 12 years ago
      Hi, two things
      (1) In germany and Austrai Art nouveau is known as Jugendstil.
      (2 ) try this site they may be able to assist with pattern name

    8. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Thank you ozmarty. I will go to that forum and post. I am grateful for your suggestion. Best wishes...
    9. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      Rosenthal Knowledge-Base moderator seems to be on holiday. No answer, lol. Probably never saw one like this before either. Anyone else have any ideas?
    10. zengirl zengirl, 12 years ago
      I find the pitcher form is not uncommon (as I search). But it seems to have been painted in so many different ways by different artists at different periods of time. Does anyone recognize the design house of the pitcher form, perhaps? Any verifiable information is greatly appreciated.

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