Philip Rosenthal (1855-1937) began business in 1884 by purchasing white ware from Hutschenreuther and selling designs by going door to door with the items, which were hand painted by his wife, Maria. He established his first production factory in 1891. By the time of World War II, Rosenthal operated ten companies and employed over five thousand people. To this day the Rosenthal name is associated with quality porcelain items.
This adorable Dashund puppy figure, circa mid-1950's-1960's, was originally designed by Georg Kuspert, porcelain modeler and painter, in 1953. It depicts a sitting cute, adorable and somewhat impish puppy in multi shades of dark brown. The actual color is much richer than shown in the photos. The figure measures 3 3/4" in height, 4" in length and 2 3/4" in width with glossy finish. Marked in green with the Rosenthal ag mark (mark of the art department), circa 1957, "Rosenthal Germany handgemalt" and impressed "G Kuspert 1909". There are no cracks, chips or repairs.