Thursday, July 30, 2009

Royal Copenhagen Figurines

Both my Grandmother and my Mother have collected Royal Copenhagen Figurines and now the collection has been given to me. Most of the pieces are the classic blue and white porcelain, but a few are different colors. They are a bit more realistic than LLardro...and Oh so beautiful!!!

Many of the pieces depict farm life.

These have always been my favorites.

Look at the detail of this piece!
I always watch e-bay and the smaller pieces are fairly easy to find. The larger ones are rare though. They even made a Corgi...but the bidding always goes over $300.00 and so I am still without one.

The Company History:

The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory, which later became Royal Copenhagen, was founded as the result of experiments carried out by the pharmacist, Frantz Heinrich Müller (1738-1820). He was an expert chemist who specialised in mineralogy, and since the early 1770s he had been experimenting with hard feldspar porcelain made from quartz, kaolin and feldspar. This was the secret Chinese recipe, which had been recreated by Meissen in about 1710.

For many years Meissen had successfully kept the secret to themselves, but by the time Müller began his experiments, the ingredients of porcelain were well known, and had even been printed in a number of books. Nonetheless, theoretical knowledge alone is far from enough to guarantee success in practice, and Müller spent all his time and money on experiments with his little porcelain kiln.

In 1774 Müller was finally ready to invite potential investors to subscribe for shares in a Danish porcelain factory, but very little interest was shown. This changed when the Queen Dowager Juliane Marie and her son the heir presumptive to the throne Frederik became partners in a limited company, which became a reality in 1775.

For almost a century the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory was run by the Royal Family. In 1868 it passed into private hands, but still retained its name and the privilege of flying the royal swallow-tailed flag. Some years later, in 1882-84, the factory was amalgamated with the Aluminia faience factory and moved from the centre of Copenhagen to new premises in Frederiksberg.

An artistic young manager was appointed: he was the painter and architect Arnold Krog (1856-1931), who was interested in underglaze painting. Krog’s first task was to breathe new life into the factory’s great original service, Blue Fluted. He then developed a new technique for painting under the glaze, which made it possible to depict landscapes and apply other naturalistic decorations. The new porcelain was shown at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889, and in the course of the next few years the underglaze decorated porcelain made the factory world famous.

The second Danish porcelain factory, Bing & Grøndahl, opened in 1853. This intensified international competition. The two factories merged in 1987 to become Royal Copenhagen.

For over two centuries, Royal Copenhagen has supplied homes in Denmark and internationally with art and design, functioning as a playground and workplace for craftsmen, designers and artists who were bold enough to make their mark on posterity by challenging their own time. Royal Copenhagen today is a producer of craftsmanship and design with a contemporary international profile, selling products that delight collectors and new generations of customers worldwide.


Ginger said...

I think the figurines are beautiful. So much detail on them.
What a neat collection to be handed down from your mom and grandma.

Kaede said...

Since you were talking about collectibles and like corgies I saw this and thought of you.

vivian said...

love the girl with the cat. They are all so pretty!

Susan said...

I too am in love with girl feeding the cat. You can almost feel the love between them.
Hugs, Susan

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

BEAUTIFUL pieces!! Love them all, but my fav is the one of the girl and the cat. How cute is that?!
Patricia :o)

Jeanne said...

I have quite a few Royal Copenhagen figurines that I am looking to sell. They date back to the 1960's. I have the Amager Girl, Robin, Girl With Calf, Boy and Girl with Puppy, Girl with Doll, Boy with Umbrella, Child with Sock, Goose Girl, Little Mermaid, Sandman, and the rare Goose Boy. If you would be interested in purchasing any of the above please email me at They are all in MINT condition and all first quality, unlike many that are sold on EBay.

eaonderko said...

I have inherited the old farm horse from my mother and a large (19") Peregrine Falcon from my grandmother. I collected all the farm people and animals of Axel Locher (artist) who did your milkmaid and cow. What I love the most about them is that each was painted by hand. I saw my falcon once in a store and it was completely different! While mine is in blues and grays, that one was mainly white. You not only have to collect the figure, you have to find one which was painted well. I have an entire farm and my three grandchildren are already talking about their favorite figures. You are absolutely right they are very real. The horse is 113 years old....