In 1971 Rosenthal launched the first annual Artist plate in porcelain and the artistic plates continues until 1979. Rosenthal annual artist plates are designed by different artists from year to year and therefore the designs vary widely.
The first Rosenthal porcelain artist plate was designed by the Finnish artist Tapio Wirkkala. Normally we see relief motifs, as a ridge certain spot on the plate, but Tapio Wirkkala has instead chosen to make a recess in the plate.
The Rosenthal artist plate 1975, was designed by Narendra Srivastava, it is beautifully shaped like a flower with leaves and a bud in the middle. The colors are purple, red and blue.
In 1976, the Rosenthal artist plate was designed by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali, who is known for his surrealist paintings. It characterizes of course the Rosenthal artist plate, which portrays a distorted clock.
The Rosenthal artist plate from 1978 in porcelain was designed by Eduardo Paolozzi, who was fascinated by technology, architecture and machinery are its is clearly seen on the square artist year plate with the abstract relief motif.
Rosenthal artist plates are beautiful on their own and are ideal as a decoration on the wall instead of a painting.
The success of the artist plates in porcelain inspired Rosenthal to publish another series of artist plates of glass that came from 1974 to 1979. These artist plates were designed by some of the same artists who designed the annual artist plates in porcelain. The Annual artist plates in Glass from Rosentahl is published in 3,000 copies each, but the release of the first glass plate from 1974 is a bit special as it was published in 1000 copies in clear glass, 1000 copies with gold on the bottom and 1000 copies with platinum on the bottom.
The motifs and designs of the Rosenthal annual artist plates in glass are just as artistic as the porcelain plates. The plate from 1975 is made of beautiful, clear glass with a decorative flower-like decoration in the middle.
The Annual Artist plate from 1976 was designed by Danish artist Bjørn Wiinblad and is showing his well-known portrait of a woman's face.
In 1977, the artist plate is shaped like a flower with the outer sheet of clear glass, then the leaves against the flower's centre gets darker and darker in blue glass.
The Rosenthal artist plate in glass from 1978 were produced in opal white glass with decoration in relief and the annual artist plate from 1979 shows a abstract snail with house on white glass background.
In collaboration with international artists, Rosenthal also released another series of artist plates with different motifs. All plates are round, but this is where the similarity ends. We do not know exactly how many artist plates the factory has released, but we are aware of 15 different ones. The artists include Otto Piene, Bjorn Wiinblad, Victor Vasarely, Almir Mavignier, Emilio Pucci, Jean Cocteau, Max Bill and Salvador Dali.