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Flora Danica Porcelain Dinner Service By Royal Copenhagen, 105 Pieces

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Crafted by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, this 105-piece dinner service features one of the most prestigious porcelain patterns ever produced — the coveted Flora Danica pattern. The service for 12 features rich, hand-painted botanical motifs taken directly from the plate illustrations of the Danish atlas of the botany of the same name. Each is a unique work of art executed with meticulous skill and artistry. A work of scientific examination as well as artistic mastery, the designs are culled from George Christian Oeder's 1771 publication Flora Danica (Flowers of Denmark), an encyclopedia including 3,000 hand-colored copperplate prints depicting every wild plant known to exist in Denmark, including mosses, fungi, ferns and flowers. The creation of the Flora Danica service was the life's work of Johann Christoph Bayer, one of the most gifted porcelain artists of the late 18th century. Commissioned in 1790 by King Christian VII of Denmark for Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, it took Bayer over 12 years to complete the service. Unfortunately, Catherine died in 1796 before it was complete, and the service was then placed in the collection of the Danish Royal Family. Flora Danica was first used on January 29, 1803, for the banquet celebrating the birthday of King Christian VII. Since that time, this exquisite pattern has remained the centerpiece of ceremonial occasions, weddings and visits by foreign dignitaries. Reputed to be one of the most original and inspired products of the European art industry, Flora Danica is one of the last luxury services still in production. All pieces marked Royal Copenhagen Denmark with blue waves This 105-piece service comprises: 12 dinner plates 12 deep/rimmed plates 12 salad plates 12 butter pats 12 double handled soup bowls with saucers 12 coffee cups with saucers 1 bread basket 2 handled servers 1 covered vegetable dish 1 triangular platter 1 large oval platter 1 salad bowl 1 small oval platter 1 large round platter 1 gravy boat
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