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Danish Porcelain "Flora Danica" Botanical Custard Cup and Saucer, Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, fully marked, pattern no. 20, shape no. 3514

Danish Porcelain "Flora Danica" Botanical Custard Cup and Saucer, Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, fully marked, pattern no. 20, shape no. 3514

Item Description:

Polychrome painted and gilded with a botanical specimen identified underfoot of cup, the saucer with a gilt dentil rim


Losses to gilt dentils on saucer and gilding on rim of cup. No lid. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Private collection, Seattle, Washington


Cup: 2 1/8 in. x 3 in.

Saucer: 4 1/8 in. x 1 in.

About The Artist:

Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica is one of the most prestigious dinner service in the world. For over 200 years, Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica tableware has been hand crafted and painted with the most detailed and intricate floral designs.

The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, today called Royal Copenhagen, was founded in 1775 by Frantz Heinrich Müller, a pharmacist who experimented in making porcelain, in partnership with members of the Royal Danish Family. In 1790, the Flora Danica pattern was commissioned by the Danish King Christian VII. Originally meant for Russian Empress Catherine II who died in 1796 before the original service was finished in 1802, it has remained with the Danish Royal Household ever since. The flowers and foliage depicted on the service are after a famous illustrated botanical work at the time, Flora Danica, published from 1761-1883. The majority of the painting on the original service was done by Johann Christoph Bayer who worked for the factory from 1776 to 1802 and who hand-copied the illustrations from the copper engravings onto the porcelain, sometimes referring to original plants when in doubt as to accuracy. Flora Danica service was made as a wedding gift for the Danish Princess Alexandra on the occasion of her marriage to the future King Edward VII of England, and now resides at Windsor Castle.

The factory continued to be run by the Royal Family until 1868 when it became privately owned. In 1889, the factory won a Grand Prize at the Paris Exhibition for a new technique of painting porcelain patterns under the glaze instead of on top. To this day, the Flora Danica pattern is hand-painted by the firm's craftsmen.


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