One of Denmark’s iconic products and perhaps one of its bestselling souvenirs is the exquisitely made porcelain by the Royal Copenhagen. Its trademark of three blue wavy lines above each other is recognized all over the world and products that bear this mark has come to be highly valued and sought after in auctions as collectible items. The Royal Copenhagen manufactory which began its operations in the 18th century from a converted post office building has been producing these fine hand-painted pieces of dinnerware for over 200 years.
The “Blue Fluted” – its first pattern was made for the royal family who held financial possession of the company for over 90 years until it was privatized in mid-19th century. It wasn’t until 1889 when the porcelain products were displayed in the World Expo in Paris and won the Grand Prix that it grabbed the world’s attention and interest. Today, the company is part of the Royal Scandinavia group of companies and recently acquired by the Axcel Group. The factory at Sondre Fasanvej offers guided tours to visitors.
There are hundreds of patterns that the porcelain products come in and even Austrian artists are commissioned to create dinnerware and individual pieces sold at art auctions. It is said that a new plate or pattern is made every year since 1908 where most portray landscape scenes, nature and festive seasons such as Christmas. Aside from the original and most sought after Blue Fluted and Flora Danica patterns (both made for the royal family), popular ones include the Blue Flower, Gemina, Gemma, Empire, Seagull, Tranquebar, Star Fluted and Blue Line.