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Royal Copenhagen

Royal Copenhagen's porcelain is favored by royal families and beloved for it distinctive patterns. An innovator in porcelain, the company was one of the first European potteries to use kaolin in the process of making their hard- paste porcelain.

Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 under the protection of Queen Julianne Marie. The company's first dinnerware pattern, Blue Fluted, is still being produced today. Though the pattern was originally inspired by Chinese porcelain sets, it is now associated with Danish porcelain. In 1779, the Blue Flower pattern was introduced, bringing about Royal Copenhagen's more distinctive European style.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Royal Copenhagen dinnerware was often given as a gift from royal families and used for serving when they entertained important foreign visitors, thereby elevating the company's international status. After World War II, Royal Copenhagen began producing Christmas plates. These plates were often brought home to the U.S. by soldiers returning from the war and became extremely popular and sought after in the subsequent decades.


Quick Facts

  • During its inception, most of Royal Copenhagen's porcelain was painted with cobalt blue since that was the only underglaze color that could tolerate the 1400 degree Celsius firing
  • Royal Copenhagen ventured outside of dinnerware, most prominently during the Art Nouveau period when they created art pottery and small figurines
  • It's believed that the Danish king, Christian VII, ordered a gift from Royal Copenhagen in 1790 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Unfortunately, the Empress died before she could receive it, and it stayed in the Danish royal family

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Six Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Pattern Partial-Gilt Porcelain Table
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CST
Six Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Pattern Partial-Gilt Porcelain Table
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,5008 Bids
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Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, 3 GEDECKE "FLORA DANICA"
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
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Royal Copenhagen 'Flora Danica' Soup Tureen and Fruit Basket, Mid-20th Century
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
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Dec 13, 10:00 AM AEDT
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Est: AUD20- AUD30
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A Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Pattern Porcelain Candelabra, Copenhage
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A Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Pattern Porcelain Candelabra, Copenhage
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1002 Bids
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ROYAL COPHENHAGEN, KAFFEE- TEESERVICE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPHENHAGEN, KAFFEE- TEESERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,500- CHF3,000
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Figurine, Bear Cub Eating
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Royal Copenhagen Figurine, Bear Cub Eating
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Figurine, Polar Bear
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Royal Copenhagen Figurine, Polar Bear
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Royal Copenhagen Panda Porcelain Group
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Royal Copenhagen Panda Porcelain Group
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
Royal Copenhagen Panda Porcelain Figure
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Royal Copenhagen Panda Porcelain Figure
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Large Royal Copenhagen Dachshund puppy 856 to/w four smaller puppies, 3140/
Dec 14, 9:30 AM GMT
Large Royal Copenhagen Dachshund puppy 856 to/w four smaller puppies, 3140/
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Est: £80- £120
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Royal Copenhagen Children's Christmas Plate
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
Royal Copenhagen Children's Christmas Plate
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Swans Seascape Vase
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Swans Seascape Vase
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Royal Copenhagen porcelain mouse, approx 4.5cm H
Dec 13, 10:00 AM AEDT
Royal Copenhagen porcelain mouse, approx 4.5cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD20- AUD30
AUD101 Bid
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TERRINE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TERRINE
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Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "SLESVIG"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "SLESVIG"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "JYLLAND"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "JYLLAND"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "JYLLAND"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "JYLLAND"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "FARÖ"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "FARÖ"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "FANÖ"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, TRACHTENKIND "FANÖ"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN, 1 PAAR TRACHTENKINDER "AMAGER"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, 1 PAAR TRACHTENKINDER "AMAGER"
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Est: CHF400- CHF800
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