Philip Rosenthal (1855-1937) began his business in 1884 by purchasing white-ware from Hutschenreuther and selling his designs by going door-to-door with the items which were hand painted by his wife, Marian. He established his first factory in 1891 and by the time of World War II, Rosenthal operated ten companies and employed over 500 people. To this day, the Rosenthal name is associated with quality porcelain items.
This wonderful porcelain gray poodle figurine, model #5063, circa 1957, was designed by Fritz Heidenreich. Standing erect the light gray coat shows deep, detailed curls, while its face with black eyes and nose, mouth open and tongue slightly out, exhibits a vision of playfulness. The figurine stands 6" in height and 7" in length. Stamped in green under-glaze with the Rosenthal ag mark (mark of the art department), "Rosenthal - Germany - Handgemalt" and lightly impressed "F Heidenreich". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Lovely item.