The vision of Rosenthal dinnerware started back in 1879 when Philipp Rosenthal began porcelain painting in a castle in Germany. Eventually the company started to produce its own porcelain and started to be recognized in world exhibitions. In 1908, the company acquired a porcelain factory along with the brand name "Thomas".
Today, the company's products and brands include the Rosenthal Studio Line, Rosenthal Classic, Thomas dinnerware, Hutchenreuther, and they have recently joined with Versace dinnerware to produce some pretty amazing patterns. These brands are among the most popular for German dinnerware.
The Rosenthal Studio Line includes odd shaped dishes that make up the A La Carte line. Other patterns of this brand include Ingredient, Landscape, Landscape Shibori, TAC, Moon, Free Spirit, Suomi, and Magic Flute.
The Rosenthal Classic dinnerware line consists of the Baroness White pattern and the Persis pattern. These dishes are quite lovely and useful.
The patterns from the Thomas brand are the most practical as far as design goes for everyday dinnerware. The most popular is probably the Loft design. Other patterns include Amici, No Limit, Nido, Vario, and Mahlzeit.
The Versace line is by far the most colorful of Rosenthal patterns. The patterns currently produced include Dedalo, Medusa Red, Vanity, Flower Fantasy, and Marco Polo, but new patterns are definitely expected.