Danish design is known all over the world for its sleek lines and sophistication. It first became popular in the 1940s and 1950s, when the light and simple style of Danish furniture proved a good fit for the clean lines of the new International Style architecture.

Chairs, lamps, silver, glass, sculptures, and textiles from Denmark were soon sought after by design lovers everywhere. Many of those mid-century examples of Danish design are now seen as art pieces and are sold for thousands of dollars at auction houses. But Danish design continues to evolve, and today beautiful Danish furniture, jewellery, and other design objects are available.

The History of the Porcelain Factory and the Royal Connection

The story of Royal Copenhagen’s craftsmanship is a tale of undying passion and a craft mastered by the few. From the designer’s first sketch to the careful creation of each piece, it is the passion of the porcelain factory that breathes the soul into every piece of porcelain.

Each piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain has a mark on its underside, telling its own unique story. The three waves, the royal stamp and the painter’s signature; symbolising authenticity, its royal heritage and hand-craftsmanship.

Symbolising fidelity and secrecy, blue is a colour for which artists in the past would pay considerable sums. It is often the subject of writing. And it is also the colour in which the Royal Copenhagen expert painters excel.

Juliane Marie was the widow of King Frederik V and came to power in Denmark and Norway in the 1700’s when her late husband’s son from his first marriage became mentally ill and was unable to govern. Juliane Marie was a strong woman with a good grasp of the needs of the time.

Juliane Marie was known as a modern queen and a strong supporter of Denmark. It was the task of the reigning monarch to safeguard the country’s economic health with the development of domestic products and services. Her greatest legacy was founding the Royal Danish Porcelain Factor in 1775.

Via her European contacts, she had understood that a combination of knowledge and the use of local raw materials would improve local living conditions. Like many other European monarchs, she supported research in natural science. It was no longer theology but science that would improve life on earth, hence her interest in mineralogy and the raw materials for porcelain production.

The production of porcelain was not entirely unknown to Juliane Marie. Her brother, Charles I of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel had also founded a porcelain factory in Fürstenberg, Germany. In addition, their sister was married to Frederik II of Prussia, one of Europe’s absolute monarchs who in 1763 founded a porcelain factory in Berlin. Although the siblings corresponded, the secret for porcelain manufacturing was not shared between them and it was only in 1774 that porcelain was first produced in Copenhagen. Finally, Juliane Marie and the Danish royal family had their own valuable porcelain production, like other European monarchies.

Juliane Marie was adamant from the start that each piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain would be stamped with its unique factory mark: the three hand-painted waves that symbolise Denmark’s waterways, the ‘Oresund’ or Sound, the Great Belt and the Little Belt. The queen also introduced the royal crown stamp to highlight the factory’s royal association. The crown has changed over time and can be used to date each piece of Royal Copenhagen.

In the 1700’s, it was good diplomatic practice amongst royalty and aristocracy to give fine porcelain as gifts. Following Danish defeat at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, Lord Nelson bought Royal Copenhagen porcelain for his beloved Lady Hamilton. The Danes lost the battle. But a love of Danish porcelain was victorious.

Artists Include:

Andrew J Brown & Nanna Backhaus Brown
Andrew J Brown & Nanna Backhaus BrownDenmark
Andrew J Brown & Nanna Backhaus Brown - Blue Glass Bowl 1 opt

Blue Glass Bowl

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Royal Copenhagen
Royal CopenhagenDenmark
Pointer resting 20 x 6 Royal Copenhagen Denmark

Pointer resting 20 x 6

Royal Copenhagen Owl 11 x 22 2

Owl 11 x 22

Sculpture - Royal Copenhagen - Snowy Owl 40cm tall

Royal Copenhagen - Snowy Owl 40cm tall

Royal Copenhagen-Polar Bear Standing - 5 x 20 x 14

Polar Bear Standing 5 x 20 x 14

Royal Copenhagen-Polar Bear Sitting - 14 x 20 x 12

Polar Bear Sitting 14 x 20 x 12

Royal Copenhagen Sparrows 17 x 17 x 11

Sparrows 17 x 17 x 11

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