Dating royal copenhagen plates
Pieces made in the 18th century followed the rococo forms originated in the Meissen factory.
The Queen was the creator of the famous hallmark of Royal Copenhagen, and was adaman,t that each piece of porcelain would carry an unique factory mark – a royal crown to show the royal association, and the three hand-painted waves symbolizing the three major waterways of Denmark; the ‘Oresund’ or Sound, the Great Belt and the Little Belt.Inspired by Chinese porcelain, Frantz Heinrich Müller created in the late 1770s, dinnerware and vases with blue motifs on white porcelain and elegant fluting along the edge – the Blue Fluted porcelain, that Royal Copenhagen is famous for today.Unfortunately, the factory had financial problems, and the King had to step in and take over in 1779.In 1790, the extensive work of creating the famous and extremely expensive dinner service, Flora Danica begins, allegedly commissioned by the Danish King, Christian VII, as a gift to Empress Catherine II of Russia – 1802 pieces with gilded edges and free-hand painted Danish floral motifs.
Flora Danica marked the first golden age for Royal Copenhagen, and was international recognized. By 1868, the factory got a private owner and in 1882, it was purchased by the faience factory, Aluminia.The chocolate pots were cylindrical, and the porcelain cover was topped by a tiny brass lid.