In every country, there are bound to be product brands, marks, and names that will not only come out as distinct on its own but also in its relation to the country. Denmark has such brands like these and most of those that are considered such likewise bear the royal seal of approval. One of these brands is Royal Copenhagen which is the official Royal Porcelain Factory. It is differentiated from the rest with its familiar three wavy lines which is said to represent Denmark’s three straits namely Øresund, the Great Belt, and the Little Belt.
Royal Copenhagen Porcelain started its operation in 1775 making dining services for the Royal Family. Europeans have always held a fascination for porcelain produced by China particularly during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Danes for their part were bent on discovering how to produce the white glaze they love so much about porcelain. Thus a 50-year monopoly was granted to Frantz Heinrich Müller to create porcelain through Royal Copenhagen Porcelain.
Its more popular patterns include the Flora Danica, Blue Fluted, Blue Flower, Henriette, Saxon Flower, Fan, Gemina, and Gemma. In time, many of their products have become collectible items such as the plaquettes and the Christmas plates. Though now privately owned, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain has retained its distinction as a brand of Denmark as a country.
Dating Royal Copenhagen Porcelain collectibles involves an intricate marking system using backstamp, painter’s number, painter’s initials, painter’s signature, overglaze, and color variations. In fact, dating these items has become the main task of those who choose to concentrate on this specialization.