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Mid-century Rosenthal Cut Crystal Pitcher and Glasses

Mid-century Rosenthal Cut Crystal Pitcher and Glasses


A vintage cut crystal pitcher and 10 glasses by Rosenthal of Germany offered by Snowdrift Antiques.


Philipp Rosenthal founded the family business in 1879 Bavaria. Over the decades, due to wars and other national ethnic issues the company was forced out of and re-started business a number of times. In 1960 Nuremberg the company was finally able to begin steady business and work its way to being Germany’s leading high quality porcelain and crystal designer and producer. Over the years Rosenthal employed well known as well as up and coming artists such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.


The company was sold in 2009. The Rosenthal Archive, a collection of over 15,000 Rosenthal exhibits spanning 130 years were moved to the State Museum of Porcelain in Hohenberg an der Eger, Selb, Germany.


This beautiful cut crystal set with its mid-century style was designed by Raymond Loewy and produced in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Loewy worked as a consultant to over 200 companies in his career, designing everything from cigarette packs to refrigerators, the beautiful Avanti automobile and the interior of the Saturn I and V and Skylab spacecraft. Known as the Father of Industrial Design, Loewy passed away in Monaco in 1986.


Worthy of such an introduction, let’s get on to the actual piece being offered. The pattern is called “GoldStrahlen” and features alternating height vertical cuts from the base of the glasses and pitcher. The pitcher has an indent around its circumference at the point of the upper handle attachment. This identifies it as being the 1960s-70s production as opposed to the latter run of the same pattern name. The handle is graceful and beautifully done. The pour spout is pronounced. It has the Rosenthal mark on the base. The glasses have a short stem with a wide upper diameter and are called Champagne/Tall Sherbet glasses. Each has the Rosenthal mark on the base edge. There are 10 glasses in the set.


The pitcher stands 10 ¾ inches tall with an upper diameter of 4 ¼ inches and has a capacity of 52 fluid ounces. A glass stands 3 ¾ inches tall and holds 6 ounces.


This set is in excellent vintage condition. I find no nicks, chips or flea bites. All of the pieces are clear and brilliant. There is no dishwasher haze.


This is a beautifully done, high end German crystal set by a renowned designer.





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