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Rosenthal Versace Medusa napkin ring - After 1993

Rosenthal Versace Medusa napkin ring
    Rosenthal Versace Medusa napkin ring

The Wedgwood Museum's collections include not only pieces of Wedgwood but also items made by Wedgwood's subsidiary firms, both before and after their amalgamation into the Wedgwood Group. In 1993, before Wedgwood assumed majority control of the firm, the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal started a collaboration with Italian fashion designer and fashion house founder, Gianni Versace. The first range to be produced was Medusa - which translated key Versace design elements into porcelain surface decoration.

The Wedgwood Museum's collections include not only pieces of Wedgwood but also items made by Wedgwood's subsidiary firms, both before and after their amalgamation into the Wedgwood Group. In 1993, before Wedgwood assumed majority control of the firm, the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal started a collaboration with Italian fashion designer and fashion house founder, Gianni Versace. The first range to be produced was Medusa - which translated key Versace design elements into porcelain surface decoration. The range proved popular enough that it remains in production, and there is also a market in fake pieces. This napkin ring can be identified as from earlier production as it comes in a black box which is decorated with a gold Greek key and Medusa logo. A price sticker indicates that this object was once for sale for €41.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/napkin ring
  • Mark: Rosenthal (incorporating crown device)
    VERSACE
    Medusa
    [Printed in gold]
  • Year produced: After 1993
  • Body: porcelain
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: lithographed
  • Accession number: 12630
  • Dimensions: 45 mm (diameter), 32 mm (width)

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    German painter, draftsman, sculptor and graphic artist whose work often combined surrealism and mysticism. Wunderlich started working for Rosenthal in 1978.

  • Gianni Versace Surface pattern designer

    Gianni Versace - Surface pattern designer (1946 - 1997)

    Noted Italian fashion designer and founder of his own fashion house. Infamously murdered outside his Miami Beach home in 1997.

Glossary

  • Rosenthal

    Rosenthal

    Rosenthal was established by Philipp Rosenthal in 1879, and is now part of the Sambonet Padermo group.

    Rosentahl, the  company, had faced bankruptcy following the demise of Waterford Wedgwood plc, to whom Rosentahl belonged at the time.