Rosenthal Bavaria Moor Figurine by Meisel
Exceptionally rare bisque porcelain figurine by Rosenthal China. This figurine is a Moor (African Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent) servant about to partake of a snack off the poultry plate he is serving. Pastel colors and detailed crafsmanship make this a special Rosenthal item. Designed by Hugo Meisel when Otto Koch was leading the art department. Pristine condition, no damage or wear of any kind, and well marked on the bottom. Measures about 7 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide. Fine collectible and a great gift item.
Hugo Meisel (1887 - 1966) worked for Rosenthal from 1936 to 1937. Meisel was a porcelain "master-sculptor" (the same profession as myself) as well as bronze sculptor and so we can most likely attribute the actual sculpting of your figures to him. His figures are notable for what is described as a "restrained naturalism". An important figure, he was head of the Staatliches Museum of Heidecksburg from 1950 to 1959. Hugo Meisel created the famous "Mohren" figurines as well as "Vogel flieg" (bird flies) and "Pfeifer" (pipers).
Otto Koch (1901 - 1974) worked for Rosenthal from 1920 to 1966 and was an important figure within their history. Koch was a sculptor and painter. In 1920 he became head of the art department of the factory Bahnhof, Selb which, at that time, was newly founded in Plößberg. In 1931 he was promoted to a senior position within that factory and in 1945 he became factory manager. Philip Rosenthal was quoted as saying about about Koch: "He would ever scrutinize to the last, but was especially open-minded towards his team of employees. The training of apprentices was a big issue for him."
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