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Auction Watch 2018.2 – Dorothy Hafner’s “Flash”

The amazing dinner setting in this post just popped up in my email and took my breath away. It is part of a large “Design from the 20th Century” auction at Lauritz.com starting on May 6th.

It is of course the now iconic Rosenthal design “Flash”.

“Flash” was designed by Dorothy Hafner for Rosenthal in 1982 (released 1984) and quickly became an 80’s iconic design…and seems to be currently attracting a whole new audience.

Dorothy Hafner is an American painter and sculptor who started her career in ceramics in 1973 after training as a painter and sculptor.  She designed a number of dinnerware designs for Rosenthal including “Tango”, “New Wave”, “Suomi Day and Night”  as well as the stunning “Chevron” design for Tiffany.

The influences cited on Dorothy’s website are:

“The poetry of the sea, the marvel of outer space and scientific imagery, and the love of music and dance are the inspirational springboards from which from Hafner has worked for over 30 years”

Like all dinnerware services, the visual power and presence of a service when seen together like this is so much more impressive, and gives us an insight into the design process and creativity of its creator.

The estimated price for this dinner set is EUR 1300. It will be interesting to watch what it sells for.

Rosenthal "Flash" Dorothy Hafner

Rosenthal “Flash” Dorothy Hafner. Photo Lauritz.com

Rosenthal "Flash" Dorothy Hafner

Rosenthal “Flash” Dorothy Hafner. Photo Lauritz.com

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Hertha Bengtson – Scandic Shadow, Thomas Germany

Hertha Bengtson, b 1917 – d1993 , was a Swedish ceramicist and designer. She worked for Hackefors porcelain factory , Rörstrand Porcelain Factory (23 years) , Höganäs AB Ceramics and Strömbergshyttan Glassworks .

During the years 1969-1981 she worked in Germany designing for Thomas (part of the Rosenthal Group). Her most famous designs are those from her years at Rorstrand, but there are also many outstanding but lesser known designs from her time at Thomas – including this fabulous lime green variation of the “Scandic Shadow” series, usually referred to as simply “Scandic” – of which there are a large number of colour and design variations.

Her other important design at Thomas was the restaurant ware design TH300, and for Rosenthal (the parent company of Thomas) she design “Caldo Freddo” – a beautifully patterned design.

Scandic Shadow Green is a bold colour combination of an intense lime green, with deep blue rims – and it all works so well together on the fantastic forms of domed lids, and bulbous bodies.

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Tea Cup

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Tea Cup

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Eared Soup Bowl & Plate

Thomas Germany, Scandic Shadow Green, Eared Soup Bowl & Plate

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Rosenthal/Bjorn Wiinblad, The Magic Flute

Bjorn Wiinblad “The Magic Flute”, Rosenthal Studio Line.

Further back on this site I have an introduction to Bjorn Wiinblad’s designs for the Rosenthal “Studio Line”. This article features one of his more spectacular designs for Rosenthal – “The Magic Flute” or “Zauberflöte”.

Each piece of this design depicts a different scene from Mozart’s opera, and texts of libretto of the opera are written onto the bottom of many of the pieces in this series, including on the saucers of the cups.

Many of the forms in the series are instantly recognisable as Wiinblad in design, especially when looking at the exotic domed or minaret shape of many of the lids on teapots, bowls etc, and on closer inspection of the detail in the charming embossed illustrations.

The setting is one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive services ever produced by Rosenthal – and is still in production. The design comes in pure white as well as the gold, and gold/white. The first 5 images are of pieces I found at auction a few years ago, and the others from around the web.

You can see more of the amazing pieces of this series, and more of the story of the design on the Rosenthal website HERE where the extract below  is from:

It was necessary to create space through extremely wide plate rims for these scenes. On this stage of porcelain Wiinblad tells the story of the opera in a relief with detailed figures and ornamentation. Time and again one finds something new in these scenes. The rims had to be as wide as never before on plates. In order to prevent them flopping down during firing, a special firing technique had to be developed. The service “Zauberflöte” possesses something so special that it is not apparent at first glance: a decoration on the underside of the porcelain! Even in the white range, all pieces carry on the underside the text of the opera libretto of the scene depicted in the relevant porcelain relief. Written in Björn Wiinblad´s ornamental handwriting and decorated with gold. A further feature of this service: the relief surfaces are not glazed but smoothed and polished after the second firing in a highly elaborate procedure. This produces the delicate, matt effect of the relief forming a most attractive contrast to the glazed surfaces.

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad Coffee Cup

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Saucer Top View

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – This image shows the amazing lustre achieved on the gold glaze.

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Backstamp

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad

Rosenthal Magic Flute, Bjorn Wiinblad – Teapot, Image via Polyvore.com

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