On the back of each piece can be found the painter’s unique signature.#8 – In Danish homes, sets of Royal Copenhagen porcelain are often passed down from generation to generation.Mercury, naked and wearing a winged hat, is seated on a stump with drapery thrown over it, drawing a sword from its sheath with his right hand. Figure in biscuit porcelain of Mercury about to slay Argus, Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen, ca. Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies and Flora Danica porcelain is its flagship product.Handpainting the delicate dinner set is an art that takes years of intensive training.We meet the master and her apprentice.“I’ve never been good with computers or books but I’ve always been able to draw,” says 28-year-old Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica apprentice, Jacqueline Tranemose Fredericia.
The foundation 1709: Europeans elicit the secret of Chinese porcelain - 1772-1774: The chemist F. Mller experiments 1775: The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory is founded By the time the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory is founded on , under the protection of Queen Juliane Marie, more than one hundred years of persistent efforts have elapsed to elicit the secret of porcelain-making from the Chinese.In 1801, after the British defeated the Danish in the Battle of Copenhagen, Lord Nelson bought a set of Royal Copenhagen porcelain for his mistress, Lady Hamilton.#10 – The most famous service produced by Royal Copenhagen was the Flora Danica (now held in Denmark’s Rosenborg Castle).The opulent service was to be a gift for Catherine II of Russia, but she died during the production of the 1,802 pieces.Included is everything from small eggcups to large tureens, all decorated with wild plants from the Danish kingdom.Johann Christoph Bayer painted every item, using illustrations from a book of Danish flora. This short film gives a lovely glimpse into Danish homes using the iconic dinnerware.