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Royal Copenhagen, Flora Danica Tea Cup and Saucer 7.5oz., Limited Edition
Royal Copenhagen, Flora Danica Tea Cup and Saucer 7.5oz., Limited Edition
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Item# 1017576RC
Size: Cap: 7.5oz.

Hold an item of Flora Danica porcelain and you hold a little bit of Danish history in your hand. Flora Danica is unbreakably linked to the Danish Royal Family. Each exquisite piece represents a story of royalty, diplomacy and deep respect; of the life's work of talented illustrators; of fine excellent craftsmanship and rare skills, of meticulous attention to detail and of precious porcelain. The Flora Danica service is hand painted after the original Flora Danica botanical encyclopedia from the 18th century. Each flower painting is inspired by the same copper print, and the variations demonstrate how a painter uses her creative freedom to make unique products. Thus, if you order a Flora Danica piece you can never know exactly how the motif will look. And that, we believe, is the true beauty of Flora Danica.


A passion for blue

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.

Blue has innumerable shades and nuances. The truest and purest blue, cobalt, is used for decorating the classic Royal Copenhagen blue fluted service. Thousands of years before this, from as far back as 2600 BC, Egyptian and various other civilisations used cobalt to create intensely blue colour for glassware, glazing and ceramics.

Almost 7000 years ago, the Egyptians would crush the blue stone Lapiz Lazuli into a fine powder to use as pigment for eye makeup and murals on walls. Much later, medieval painters learned to use the stone's colour to manufacture paint, attaining the colour ultramarine.

"..."I have found it at last. This is the true blue. Oh, how light it makes one. Oh, it is as fresh as a breeze, as deep as a deep secret, as full as I say not what." With trembling hands she held the jar to her bosom..."

Quoting old Lady Helena's exclamation upon being presented with a blue-painted Chinese jar. Quote is from "The Young Man with the Carnation" from Winter's Tales by Isak Dinesen (the pen name of the Danish novelist Karen Blixen)

Royal Copenhagen's blue pigment is called cobalt zinc silicate and it is the cobalt that provides the distinctive blueness. In its infancy, Royal Copenhagen obtained their cobalt from Norwegian 'Blaafarvevaerket', the 'blue colour factory' a company that was responsible for between 70 and 80 percent of all global cobalt production throughout the 19th century.

 

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