Royal Copenhagen 2019 Christmas Plate
Royal Copenhagen 2019 Christmas Plate
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Item# 1027165
Size: W: 7" D: 7" H: 1"

How sweet you are, thinks the horse. It shakes itself in its winter coat and looks curiously at its new, soft friend. Although animal life is rich in the country side, it is obvious that the two are meeting for the first time. The sun is hanging low and it is a clear, frosty and quiet day he kind you only find up north and far away from the noise of the city. This plate was designed and sculptured by Allan Therkelsen who was inspired for this year motif by the countryside where he grew up. Allan Therkelsen has also designed this year bell, drop and cup.

The Christmas plates from Royal Copenhagen have been issued every year since 1908. The relief for the motif has been hand-cut by the most talented modeling artists based on the designer drawing, and the plate has been cut according to old, proud craftsmanship traditions.


 

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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