Designed in 1912, "Storming Bacchantes" is an iconic porcelain sculpture from Rosenthal's Art Nouveau period. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greco-Roman mythology. Here he stumbles out of his latest foray with two women (maenads), one to support each shoulder. Perhaps he is leading his infamous orgy procession. This piece was made c. 1918. It is signed on the base by the artist, Albert Caasman. The bottom of the piece identifies the Rosenthal Company as the maker with the famous green crown stamp. The mythological image mixed with the beautiful glaze and form of early 20th Century Rosenthal makes this a highly collectible piece.
The Rosenthal Company was founded by Philip Rosenthal Sr. in 1879 in Selb, Germany. Over the decades, it has emerged as one of the finest porcelain and crystal manufacturers in the world. Rosenthal recognizes that throughout history the quality items that people have valued the most and that have retained such value have always been innovative, original, and reflective of the spirit of the time. For this reason, Rosenthal continues to be very collectible and cherished even to this day.
H: 8 1/4 in (21 cm)
c. 1918 Art Nouveau Selb-Bavaria German Rosenthal “Storming Bacchantes” Porcelain Figurine by Albert Caasmann K190