About Royal Copenhagen (Manufacturer)
Producers of the finest in Danish porcelain, Royal Copenhagen is a company steeped in tradition. Its celebrated blue-and-white china patterns as well as its famed hallmark depicting the royal crown and three waves—symbolizing the monarch who founded the company and the three major waterways of Denmark—are emblems of master craftsmanship.
Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 by Queen Juliane Marie. Years earlier, after the death of her husband, King Frederick V, Juliane’s stepson ascended the throne. Shortly into his reign, he went insane, and the Queen became the head of Denmark and its small empire. She sought to improve Denmark’s economy and founded factories around the country to promote domestic growth and international trade. Royal Copenhagen was one of the first of these. Royal Copenhagen first made dinnerware and vases with blue-and-white motifs inspired by Chinese porcelain, then the rage in aristocratic Europe. Many of these designs are still made today.
Apart from its classic patterns, Royal Copenhagen has adapted to the changing styles of time and appeals to many different tastes. Their prolific body of work includes Rococo-style porcelain statues that incorporate stylistic floral patterns in an Art Nouveau style, as well as modern vases by such noted 20th century Danish ceramists as Axel Salto. Whether used for special occasions or displayed as part of a design collection, Royal Copenhagen pieces represent a legacy of the highest quality.
Carl Martin-Hansen (1877-1941)
Danish National Costumes comprises in all 47 figures, which were produced in the period 1906-1925, 42 of these figures formed part of a gift presented by the women of Denmark to King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine to mark their silver wedding in 1923.
The series of Danish national coastlines was without doubt one of Carl Martin-Hansen’s greatest successes. In keeping with the dictates of the school of art to which he belonged, he demanded that all the detail s in the regional costumes should be absolutely correct. They were copied from original s in the National and otter Danish Museums. As can be dearly observed from the close-up pictures, which follow, not a single characteristic detail was missed out.
It is not only the detailed work, which faithfully reproduces the distinctive character of the costumes of each different region or district, but the Amager figures are also authentic portraits of the people who actually wore the costumes. So the series provides us in fact with an authentic picture of a bygone age.