Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot
Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot
Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot
Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot
Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot
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Rosenthal Bele Bachem Lidded Pot

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This girl knows what she wants to do - and that’s take off her bra, smoke and drink shots!

This fantastic and highly collectable lidded pot was made by the German ceramic manufacturer Rosenthal but the artwork was designed by Bele Bachum.

Bele Bachem (1916-2005) was one of the foremost artists in post-war Germany. She had a difficult career, having her work denounced by the National Socialists and then banned during the war, but went on to great success. She wrote and illustrated books, designed theatre sets and designed for movies. She later went on to be a lecturer and to design for wallpaper manufacturers and, as in the case of this piece, Rosenthal the porcelain manufacturer.

Her simplistic style is extraordinarily charming, sometimes with a touch of humour such as in the case of this piece. I wonder if it was modelled on herself?

The pot features on its front, all sorts of smoking paraphernalia – a tobacco jar, various pipes, cigarettes and cigars together with two bottles and two small glasses.

Inside, a woman is lounging provocatively on a luxurious blue couch. There is a pretty table next to her where a jar of tobacco and a vase of flowers sits. The woman has taken off most of her clothes and she lays back bare breasted, smoking a very long pipe and smiling contently. Fantastic!

The Rosenthal piece is very rare and I haven’t found anything with this particular design. The back reads Rosenthal, Germany, Kunstabteilung, SELB, B14. Handkolorien then the signature, Bele Bachem.

The pot is in excellent vintage condition with a few marks but no scratches, cracks or chips.

There appears to be remnants of what looks like nicotine inside the dish on the woman. I haven’t cleaned it as I like to think that some woman saw the picture inside and decided to copy the picture and use this dish as an ashtray.

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