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Flora Danica Porcelain Dinner Service by Royal Copenhagen
- This exceptional dinner service is crafted in the renowned Flora Danica pattern
- The prestigious Flora Danica service was created by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory
- Each piece is decorated with hand-painted depictions of flora and fauna indigenous to Denmark
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A work of scientific examination as well as. . .
A work of scientific examination as well as artistic mastery, the designs are culled from George Christian Oeder's 1771 publication Flora Danica (Flowers of Denmark), an encyclopedia including 3,000 hand-colored copper plate prints depicting every wild plant known to exist in Denmark, including mosses, fungi, ferns and flowers.
The creation of the original Flora Danica service was the life's work of Johann Christoph Bayer, one of the most gifted porcelain artists of the late 18th century. Commissioned in 1790 by King Christian VII of Denmark for Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, it took Bayer over 12 years to complete the service. Unfortunately, Catherine died in 1796 before it was complete, and the service was then placed in the collection of the Danish Royal Family. Flora Danica was first used on January 29, 1803, for the banquet celebrating the birthday of King Christian VII. Since that time, this exquisite pattern has remained the centerpiece of ceremonial occasions, weddings and visits by foreign dignitaries. Reputed to be one of the most original and inspired products of the European art industry, Flora Danica is one of the last luxury services still in production, made only to order.
Marked "Royal Copenhagen, Denmark" and stamped with blue waves
This 95-piece service includes:
12 9 3/4" round plate
12 10" round plate
12 5 1/2" deep round plate
12 8 3/4" bowl
12 12" round entrée plate
12 chocolate cups
12 underplate for chocolate cups
2 8 1/4" pickle dish
1 small sugar bowl
1 8 3/4" handle dish
1 10 3/4" fruit stand / basket
1 15 3/4" oval platter
1 8 3/4" square salad bowl
1 9 1/2" oval vegetable bowl
1 round soup tureen
1 soup tureen stand
1 salt cellar