" The year was 1879 when Philipp Rosenthal started a porcelain painting facility in Germany; by 1891 he established a factory in Bohemia and began production of his own whiteware. Rosenthal?s son Philip joined the company in 1950 and focused on working with the finest artists of the time to create spectacular products intended to define the well-laid table; by 1990 Rosenthal became the best-known porcelain company in Germany. Today the venerable brand is part of Italian designer kitchenware firm Sambonet and trades as Rosenthal GmbH; the legacy of working with leading contemporary artists to create innovative designs for the tabletop remains a hallmark of the brand. The product line includes dinnerware, serveware, tableware, beverageware, stemware, flatware and barware; the look is one of timeless elegance and classic beauty. The porcelain dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe, ideally suited for today?s lifestyle."