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By the time the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory was founded on 1 May 1775 under the patronage of Queen Juliane Marie, more than one hundred years of persistent efforts had gone into eliciting the secret of porcelain making from the Chinese.

Laborious Beginning. The manufactory's first years were a hard daily struggle against variable and poor raw materials, lack of experience, unsuccessful firings, disappointing experiments. But Mller and his small select team of artisans laboured with determination and persistence, and succeeded in creating such a solid basis for the manufactory's continued survival that the absolute monarch King Christian VII acceded and took over in 1779, thus guaranteeing the future of the porcelain manufactory.

It was agreed from the outset that the greater proportion of porcelain produced would be painted blue before glazing. This proved the most economical method, since underglaze porcelain demands only one firing - however at a very high temperature (1,400 degrees Celsius) required to fuse the porcelain paste and the glaze. At this time only cobalt blue could withstand such a high temperature. Since then it has become the factory's mark of distinction.

Blue Fluted: The No. 1 Dinner Pattern. For more than 200 years Blue Fluted has been the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory's most popular service. The first dinner service pattern to be selected was Blue Fluted. This was a popular pattern in Europe's first porcelain manufactories. Since the taut stylised floral motive originated in China, it was considered the epitome of genuine porcelain. At Royal Copenhagen we continue to paint the pattern by hand, even today. Therefore, Blue Fluted would gradually become synonymous with Danish porcelain.

Blue Flower. A spontaneous freshness which has been the mark of the Royal Copenhagen porcelain pattern Blue Flower since the late 1700's. A bouquet, kept fresh for more than 200 years.

In 1779 another blue dinner service, still in production today, followed: Blue Flower. As opposed to Blue Fluted, this pattern reflected the contemporary European style of naturalistic flowers.

Danish porcelain's first blossoming

A period of blossoming followed. The manufactory's clientele were predominantly the royal family and the nobility. Porcelain was a prestigious status symbol in the 1700s. Commissions for coffee and tea services, not to mention large, elaborate vases, ran to sums that today would be computed in millions. Porcelain was principally commissioned as gifts for family members and foreign monarchs. The works produced were richly decorated in multicoloured overglaze and delicately modelled details.

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