Q&A ON COLLECTING
Fantasia pattern is splendid
Q: This is a photo of a set of porcelain dinnerware that I gave my mother around 1952.
I was in the Army and stationed in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
The set was made by Rosenthal Glass and China Company in Germany and is a service for 12. In addition to the usual place settings, it contains various serving pieces for a total of 106 dishes.
A brochure that came with the set describes the china as decorated with delicate gray soft yellow and splendid greens against a pure white body.
The edges are trimmed with applied coin gold. The design is called “Fantasia” and is in very good condition. The photo shows an example of a dinner plate, cup and saucer.
The set is now in my possession and your estimate of the value of this set would be very much appreciated.
A: Rosenthal Porcelain factory was founded in Selb, Germany in 1880. They have a solid reputation for producing exceptional quality tableware and decorative pieces and limited edition items. They were sold to Waterford, Wedgwood Group in 1998 and subsequently bought by Samonet Paderno Industries in Italy in 2009. Rosenthal still makes porcelain in Bavaria.
Mid 20th-century sets of china are not selling well on the secondary market currently. Having said that, your set should be insured for at least $1,500.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a pitcher with a lid and four cups and four saucers.
They are decorated with small pink roses against a white background that shades to aqua.
The handles are ornate and scrolled and the base of the cups is scalloped. They are trimmed in gold and in excellent condition.
The set belonged to my wife who passed away two years ago, and I have no idea what the set is, or what it was used for, or if it has any value.
Any information you can furnish would be greatly appreciated.
A: The container is not a pitcher. You have a late Victorian coffee set.
It was made by Moritz Adekauer in Austria. They were in business from 1884 to around 1945.
Based on your description of the design of your set, it was made around the turn of the 20th century. It would probably be worth $75 to $125.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.