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Royal Copenhagen Contrast Mug Rye
Royal Copenhagen Contrast Mug Rye
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Item# 1052400
Size: W: 3.5" D: 3.5" H: 3.8 Cap: 11oz.

In strikingly deep yellow, the Fluted Contrast Rye Mug is a contemporary addition to the colourful collection of Fluted Contrast Mugs and their beautiful practicality. The mug is ideal for both hot and cold beverages. Fluted Contrast represents a perfect fusion of aesthetics and functionality. The design is elegant and contemporary, created with a deep respect for Royal Copenhagens history and design tradition. In the making of the mugs, silicone was introduced to Royal Copenhagen for the first time. Silicone is practical when holding a warm mug and adds a touch of contemporary informality and a rainbow of colours to the world of royal Danish porcelain.


 

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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