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 darling Rosenthal porcelain figurine, circa 1946-1949, was designed by Max Hermann Fritz (1873-1948), a famous German sculptor and porcelain designer, portrays a nude boy playing with a young kid goat. The figurine is mostly snow-white with a high glaze finish. The child has curly, rich brown hair, while the goat has patches of dark gray and tannish brown with black hooves, eyes and mouth. The figures rest on an oval base which measures 3 1/2" in length and 3 1/4" in width; the figure measures 8" in height. Stamped in green "Rosenthal - Germany - Kunstabteilung - Selb - Handgemalt - Germany - U S Zone". All Rosenthal marked 'U.S. Zone' was manufactured in the period 1946 to 1949. At the end of World War II Germany was divided into 4 Occupation Zones for administrative purposes; these were known as the American Zone, British Zone, French Zone and the Soviet Zone. The American Zone primarily covered Southern Germany which included Bavaria and Hesse. In 1949 the American, British and French Zones merged to form Federal Republic of Germany and the Soviet Zone became German Democratic Republic. The top of the base is lightly impressed "M H F" for Fritz. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Wonderful Rosenthal figurine with rare back-stamp.