Royal Copenhagen Cup

Royal Copenhagen is now the porcelain division of Royal Scandinavia which was formed with the merger of Royal Copenhagen and the he Swedish glass works Orreefors Kosta Boda. Royal Copenhagen had already bought Georg Jensen Silversmithy in 1972, and incorporated with Holmegaards Glassworks in 1985 and with Bing & Gr√łndahl in 1987. The intention was to secure a strong position for the Danish art industry globally. The latest merger, Royal Scandinavia, now sees the best of Danish and Swedish art industry combined.

The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain factory was founded in 1775, under the protection of Queen Juliane Marie, by the chemist, Frantz Heinrich Muller, who following years of experimentation and trials finally mastered the production the coveted hard porcelain. The factory was beset by difficulties during its first few years, but the problems of 'poor raw materials, lack of experience, unsuccessful firings, disappointing experiments' were eventually overcome, and in 1779 the absolute monarch King Christian VII assumed financial responsibility, thus guaranteeing the future of the porcelain factory.

The first dinner service pattern produced by the factory was the 'Blue Fluted', a popular pattern with a number of companies since the taut stylised floral motive originated in China and was considered the epitome of genuine porcelain. Royal Copenhagen still continues to paint the pattern by hand, even today. 'Blue Fluted' would gradually become synonymous with Danish porcelain. In 1779 another blue dinner service was introduced and it is also still in production today the 'Blue Flower', reflecting the contemporary European style of naturalistic flowers.

The Blue Fluted pattern is part of Denmark's cultural heritage. To connoisseurs all over the world it is synonymous with Danish porcelain. Blue Fluted is Royal Copenhagen's very first porcelain dinner service and is to Danish underglaze-decorated porcelain what the costly Flora Danica is to Danish overglaze-decorated porcelain: a measure of the skill, tradition and craftsmanship at Royal Copenhagen.

The delicate and versatile pattern was adopted by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1775 when it was founded. The young enterprise tried its hand at this decoration first, and the identification number printed on the bottom of each piece is therefore No. 1. It became popular immediately, has never gone out of fashion, and has been the most sought-after of the Royal Copenhagen dinner services ever since. Please purchase on online

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