Flora Danica is considered one of the world's premium patterns, as each
piece is handpainted and with a different design. We also occasionally
have vintage pieces in stock.
Flora Danica is
considered the most distinguished and costly dinner service in the
world. Today, this exclusive service
is made exactly as it was more than 200 years ago, when Royal Copenhagen
first started production. From the
finest preparation of the raw porcelain mass to the painting of the edges by
the gold decorator with 24 carat gold, the creation of this service is truly
a feat of craftsmanship.
While the porcelain
is still soft, the edges and perforations are cut out by hand. Then the delicate flower decorations on
the lids and handles are shaped, leaf-by-leaf, and stalk-by-stalk. The illustrations are then copied from the
original copperplate prints found in the botanical work. Flora Danica, where the porcelain painters
choose their motifs from among 700 different plates. The flowers are painted with great care,
and each colour must be fired before the next colour can be added.
The original Flora
Danica dinner service was commissioned by King Christian VII from the Royal
Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1790.
According to tradition, the service was to be a gift to Czarina
Catherine II of Russia, but she died in 1796 before the 1,802 pieces were
finished. So the Danish King kept the
Flora Danica service for him and it was first used at his birthday banquet on
January 29, 1803.
Of the original
pieces, more than 1,500 still remain.
Today, they belong to the Danish Royal Family and Queen Margrethe
II. A piece of Flora Danica is the
very flower of Danish craftsmanship.
The dinner service's sumptuous, life-like decorations and the age-old
traditions behind its creation, make Flora Danica truly a unique experience
for the lovers of fine porcelain everywhere.
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