In 1879, Philip Rosenthal established his own porcelain painting company in the grand castle Schloss Erkersreuth. It wouldn't be long before the company started producing their own ceramics.
The "E" on the end is the whitemark for the Rosenthal factory.
Over the next 130 years the Rosenthal Company would delight the world with elegant porcelain tableware, statuary and even architecture.
Rosenthal now has the distinction of having produced ceramics for the likes of Gianni and Donatella Versace, Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus School, Andy Warhol and even Walt Disney!
This exquisite teapot and saucer set is from Rosenthal Donatello line.
It is characterized by a patently Art Deco marriage of languid curves and sharp angles.
The teapot, lid and saucer all have their original incredible iridescent "rainbow" finish.
As you can see, there are areas of fine gilding; these include the handle and spout of the pot, the lid handle and the sides of the saucer.
It is the hand-painted decoration on each side of the teapot that makes it so rare and wonderful. The exquisite design beautifully recalls the German Art Deco period.
It is floral and lightly glazed with pastel blues and green and yet distinctly geometric.
There are hallmarks on the underside of the teapot as well as the saucer.
These include the company's highly recognizable trademark logo with the name, "Rosenthal", between a crown and the words "Selb Bavaria".
The teapot includes the design name "Donatello" under the logo as well as the artist's initials "MEA".
There is some wear to the design and finish but the set remains in very good vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Teapot: 4" tall (5 ¼" w/ lid), 15.5 oz Saucer: 6 3/8" long, 6" wide, 7/8" tall, 6.5 oz Total weight: 22 oz.