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Flora Danica Porcelain Dinner Service, 141 Pieces

$298,500

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Crafted by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, this 141-piece dinner service features one of the most prestigious porcelain patterns ever produced — the coveted Flora Danica pattern. The service for 12 boasts rich, hand painted botanical motifs taken directly from the plate illustrations of the Danish atlas of the botany of the same name. What sets apart this particular service, however, is the inclusion of 12 rare fruit plates featuring some of Denmark's native fruit species, including pears and green grapes. 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 copper plate 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 display Royal Copenhagen marks This 141-piece service comprises: 12 10-inch dinner plates 12 8 3/4-inch lunch plates 12 7 3/4-inch round plates 12 5 1/2-inch round plates 12 reticulated fruit plates 12 5 1/2-inch deep plates 12 bouillon cups with underplates 12 9 3/4-inch soup plates 24 chocolate cups with underplates 2 salt cellars a 9 3/4-inch handled serving dish an 8 3/4-inch handled serving dish a salad bowl a lidded tureen a 15 3/4-inch oval platter an 8 3/4-inch reticulated oval platter 2 7 1/4-inch fruit baskets a 14 1/2-inch serving bowl an 8 1/4-inch pickle dish 2 6 1/4-inch pickle dishes a gravy boat a wine cooler a teapot a small sugar bowl a large sugar bowl a triangular cake dish an ice dome and stand.

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Royal Copenhagen

Producers of the finest in Danish porcelain, Royal Copenhagen is a company steeped in tradition. Its celebrated blue-and-white china patterns as well as its famed hallmark depicting the royal crown and three waves—symbolizing the monarch who founded the company and the three major waterways of Denmark—are emblems of master craftsmanship. Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 by Queen Juliane Marie. Years earlier, after the death of her husband, King Frederick V, Juliane’s stepson ascended the throne. Shortly into his reign, he went insane, and the Queen became the head of Denmark and its small empire. She sought to improve Denmark’s economy and founded factories around the country to promote domestic growth and international trade. Royal Copenhagen was one of the first of these. Royal Copenhagen first made dinnerware and vases with blue-and-white motifs inspired by Chinese porcelain, then the rage in aristocratic Europe. Many of these designs are still made today. Apart from its classic patterns, Royal Copenhagen has adapted to the changing styles of time and appeals to many different tastes. Their prolific body of work includes Rococo-style porcelain statues that incorporate stylistic floral patterns in an Art Nouveau style, as well as modern vases by such noted 20th century Danish ceramists as Axel Salto. Whether used for special occasions or displayed as part of a design collection, Royal Copenhagen pieces represent a legacy of the highest quality.
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