The first Rosenthal company, a factory decorating porcelain, was established in 1879 in southern Germany. Founded by Philip Rosenthal in Erkerseuth, near Selv, Bavaria, it was relocated to Selb in 1890.
This lovely hand painted cabinet plate was created in a home-studio on a white-ware blank produced by Rosenthal. The decoration consists of clusters of lush ripe cherries hanging from leaf laden branches. The shaded red cherries, variegated green/aqua foliage and brown stems/branches are set against a muted background of rusty red, pale blue and creamy yellow. The slightly scalloped edge is trimmed with gold.
The plates measures 7 7/8" across and the blank pattern is "Versailles". It is stamped in green, under-glaze, with the Rosenthal mark, circa 1891-1906. Signed by the artist 'M. Jorgesen'. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A gorgeous fruit motif plate.