Philipp Rosenthal was seventeen when he set off for America and progressed from being a dishwasher to becoming a salesman for porcelain. He was full of drive when he returned to Germany in 1879, and laid the foundations for his company when he set up a porcelain painting business in Erkersreuth Castle in Selb.
After his initial commercial success, Philipp Rosenthal decided to produce his own porcelain in 1891. The new porcelain factory attracted attention because of the technical developments and contemporary design, as the sophisticated company founder was always searching for new ideas.
In 1961, Philip Rosenthal set the course for product development with the development of the “Rosenthal studio-line” brand. Long before design was in vogue, Rosenthal had already been working with contemporary artists, designers and architects, and amongst these were famous names such as Raymond Loewy, Walter Gropius, Tapio Wirkkala and Sebastian Herkner.