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Royal Copenhagen, Blomst Mug Narcissus
Royal Copenhagen, Blomst Mug Narcissus
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Item# 1025329RC
Size: 11 oz.

Graciously appointed, the blomst mug is presented on its pillar base and features a timeless Danish-inspired handle with comfort in mind. With blomst, the aim of the motif and the style was not hyper-realism, but to render flowers in an imaginative way and present blooms as precious botanical jewels. Available in four identical sizes with four different flower designs, the blomst mug is a beautiful addition to any tableware collection. The handpainted flowers are done in cobalt blue, with decorations of narcissus, sweet pea, camellia and dahlia.


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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