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Bjorn Wiinblad – Part 2: Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1976

Bjorn Wiinblad, Rosenthal.

Number 2 of a 3 part series summarising Wiinblad’s career as a ceramic designer.

Wiinblad began work with German Company Rosenthal around 1957 after being “discovered” by Philip Rosenthal who was looking for new designs for Rosenthal line. This collaboration with Rosenthal became one of the most important in his life and lasted over 50 years.

The work by Wiinblad at Rosenthal is often characterised by its colour saturated, almost psychedelic use of pattern and colour – often highlighted with the use of gold and silver.

I think some of the most spectacular series Wiinblad produced at Rosenthal were the 3 different series of Christmas plates, and out of these the “Gospel” plates, (1971-1982) are undoubtedly the most spectacular with their jewel like use of colour, highlighted with gold outlining.

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1976

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1976, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1977, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Christmas Plate 1977, Rosenthal

The following is a list of series Wiinblad designed for Rosenthal, from the German Wikipedia site for Wiinblad, which has the best entry I have found on Wikipedia for Wiinblad. The list is not complete, but It has some good timelines and milestones of Wiinblad’s career:

  • 1959/60 porcelain range romanze,
  • 1964 Kaffeegeschirr Siena mit Gartengrilltisch1964 Kaffeegeschirr Siena with barbecue table
  • 1966 Kunstkeramik Jongleur und Leuchterfrau1966 Art pottery candlesticks – juggler and wife
  • 1968 Porzellanform Zauberflöte 1968 porcelain dish Magic
  • 1964 Porzellanform Lotus , Kaffee- und Speiseservice 1964 Lotus porcelain dish, coffee and dinner service
  • 1969 Porzellan-Geschenkserie 1001 Nacht 1969 porcelain gift range 1001
  • 1971 Mokkaservice Petite Fleur Gold 1971 Mokkaservice Petite Fleur Gold
  • 1971 Erster Weihnachtsteller für Rosenthal (zwölf insgesamt, limitierte Auflage) 1971 First Christmas plates for Rosenthal (twelve in total, Limited Edition)
  • 1975 Porzellanform Form ohne Namen ua mit 40 Till Eulenspiegel -Motiven 1975 porcelain shape with 40 names including Till Eulenspiegel motives
  • 1976 Porzellanform Bodil 1976 porcelain dish Bodil
  • 1976 Kunstmöbel Die vier Himmelsrichtungen (limitiert) 1976 Art Furniture The four directions (limited)
  • 1978 Kunstkeramik Wiinblads poetische Ceramic 1978 Ceramic Art Pottery Wiinblad poetic
  • 1978 Zierteller Jahreszeiten 1978 Zierteller seasons
  • 1979 – 1983 Sammelkollektion Aladin (zwölf Teller) 1979 – 1983 Collective Aladin Collection (discs twelve)
  • 1984 – 1987 Sammelkollektion Sindbad der Seefahrer (acht Teller) 1984 – 1987 collectable Sinbad the Sailor (eight plates)
  • 1985 Leuchterskulptur Sommernachtstraum 1985 chandelier sculpture Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 1985 Porzellanform Asimmetrias , Porzellan, Glas, Besteck 1985 porcelain dish Asimmetrias, china, glass, cutlery
  • 1988 – 19?? 1988-19? Sammelkollektion Das Zauberpferd (zwölf Teller) Collectable The West (twelve plates)
  • 198? 198? Porzellanform Scheherazade Porcelain dish Scheherazade
  • 2003 Schachspiel (limitiert); mit Unikat Hommage Philip Rosenthal Chess 2003 (limited); unique homage to Philip Rosenthal
  • 2007 Vasenserie Scherenschnitt schwarz 2007 Series Silhouette black vases

The most exquisite and delicate design from Wiinblad/Rosenthal I have come across is the “Magic Flute” dinnerware series below. It was technically a very difficult design to produce, and his highly valued today.

Bjorn Wiinblad "Magic Flute" or "Zauberflöte“, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad “Magic Flute” or “Zauberflöte“, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad "Magic Flute" or "Zauberflöte“, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad “Magic Flute” or “Zauberflöte“, Rosenthal , Saucer

Bjorn Wiinlbad, Studio Line Platter, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinlbad, Studio Line Platter, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Studio Line Vase, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Studio Line Vase, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Plate from "Night Music" Series, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinblad, Plate from “Night Music” Series, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinlbad, Blanc de Chine Vase, Rosenthal

Bjorn Wiinlbad, Blanc de Chine Vase, Rosenthal

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