About the brand Royal Copenhagen
Porcelain from Royal Copenhagen is known far beyond the borders of Denmark: With its characteristic blue-white clam-painted pattern, the Royal Manufactory has managed to keep its reputation alive for decades.
Blue Fluted - how a porcelain pattern wrote Danish history
The trademark of Royal Copenhagen is the Blue Fluted decor: the fine, sweeping flower pattern is hand-painted and inspired by the blue and white flower motifs from China, which were very popular with all European porcelain manufacturers in the 18th century.
In Denmark, the Blue Fluted pattern is part of the cultural heritage. Many families inherit the tableware from generation to generation. Since 1785 Royal Copenhagen has produced over 1,500 different types of bowls, plates, cups and jugs with the famous decor. These include chamber pots and washbowls - all hand-painted.
Three times Blue Fluted - variety in perfection
The Blue Fluted pattern is available in three classic variants: "Blue Fluted Plain", "Blue Fluted Half Lace" and "Blue Fluted Full Lace". All three lines are united by the common colour - the characteristic cobalt blue. In this way, the dinnerware can be harmoniously combined with each other.
"Blue Fluted Plain" is the first decor from the year 1785. Perhaps the specific shape reminiscent of a shell was also the eponym of the name. The Danish word Musselmalet means "shell painted".
"Blue Fluted Full Lace" is particularly elaborate. The porcelain painters accentuate each small hole of the delicate lace edge by hand with blue brush strokes. The "Blue fluted Half Lace" line decorates beside the famous blue-white decor an elegant lace edge and blue shell ornaments.
In 2000, designer Karen Kjaeldgard-Larsen reinterpreted the legendary original pattern "Blue Fluted Mega": the flowers were greatly enlarged and reproduced in fragments.
Craftsmanship with tradition: Each piece of porcelain wanders through 30 hands
Porcelain by Royal Copenhagen is in most cases handmade. From shaping to painting, from firing to packaging - each plate and cup goes through 30 pairs of hands during the production process. The porcelain painters alone need over 1,000 brush strokes to complete a plate from the "Blue Fluted Half Lace" collection, for example. Royal Copenhagen's porcelain painters are trained for four years to master such demanding tasks.
Why the cobalt blue pigment makes the porcelain dishwasher safe
That's good to know: The blue colour of the Blue Fluted design is dishwasher safe. The reason: Royal Copenhagen's cobalt blue pigment can withstand extremely high temperatures and is applied before final glazing and firing. This process makes the paint and porcelain more robust and resistant to dishwashing.
Flora Danica - a legend in porcelain art
Another well-known line from Royal Copenhagen is "Flora Danica", a decor based on illustrations from an 18th century plant encyclopaedia. This famous dinner service is one of the legends of porcelain art: "Flora Danica" is extremely precious and exclusive. It is considered to be the oldest tableware still produced today from the golden age of porcelain at the end of the 18th century. Ordered by the Danish Crown Prince in 1790, most of the original tableware is still served today at state banquets in Christiansborg Castle. You can also order this royal luxury porcelain at Artedona, based on motifs from the famous botanical atlas "Flora Danica".
The royal crown as a symbol of recognition
1775 was the birth of the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, from which the world-famous Royal Copenhagen brand emerged in 1987. The Danish Queen Juliane Marie founded the company. To this day, a royal crown adorns every piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain. Juliane Marie also set the factory stamp: the three hand-painted waves symbolize the three straits of Denmark. To this day, every porcelain painter has placed his signature under "his" piece of porcelain, which is always unique.