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The factorys trademark
symbolises the three waterways
of Denmark

1775

The Royally Chartered Porcelain Manufactory is founded as a limited company under the patronage of the Queen Dowager Juliane Marie, Crown Prince Frederik and King Christian VII.

The factory is set up at St. Kjøbmagergade 50, and in response to the Queen’s wish, the factory takes three wavy lines, symbolising the Great Belt, the Little Belt and the Sound, as its trademark. The Blue Fluted dinnerware is the first pattern manufactured by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory. The identification number printed on the bottom of each piece is therefore No. 1.

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The Queen Dowager
Juliane Marie

1779

The factory’s finances are in
awretched state as a result of build-
ing up stock instead of selling it.

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King Christian VII takes over
financial responsibility. The factory
changes its name to ‘Den Kongelige
Danske Porcelains Fabrik’
(The Royal Danish Porcelain
Manufactory).


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To this very day Flora Danica is still moulded and
painted by hand like 230 years ago

1790

The Flora Danica dinner service is named after the great work on botany entitled Flora Danica, which began to appear in Copenhagen in 1761.

According to a contemporary source, the first Flora Danica dinner service was commissioned by Crown Prince Frederik on behalf of King Christian VII of Denmark as a gift for Empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia. Flora Danica is regarded as one of the most original and inspired products of the European art industry from the golden age of porcelain.


1868

The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory is privatised. The first female painter is employed and painting in blue
gradually becomes women’s work.


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Arnold Krog, artistic director

1885

A young architect, Arnold Krog, is appointed artistic director to revitalise the factory.

Krog’s first task was to breathe new life into the factory’s great original service, Blue Fluted. He 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.


1889

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Royal Copenhagen opens shop at
Bond Street, London in 1897

Arnold Krog’s underglaze is awarded the Grand Prix at the World Fair in Paris. The factory makes its international breakthrough and opens shops in a number of major cities – Paris, New York and London

1911

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Amagertorv 6, one of Copenhagens oldest
houses, around 1900

The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory’s shop moves to its pres ent address at Amagertorv 6, a beautiful renaissance building from 1616 and one of Copenhagen’s oldest houses.


1945-1965

Services and individual pieces are created by artists such as Thorkild Olsen, Axel Salto, Gertrud Vasegaard, Erik Magnussen, Henning Koppel and Grethe Meyer. The style is modern, simple and romantic Today Axel Salto’s works reaches high prices at art auctions

1940-1945

The war makes operations difficult at the porcelain
factories owing to shortages of fuel and raw materials.
The war has an impact on the production a long
time after the Liberation.

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2000

Royal Copenhagen celebrates its 225th anniversary by launching a new service, Blue Fluted Mega, the creation of the young design student, Karen Kjældgård-Larsen. Blue Fluted Mega is an exciting revitalisation of the factory’s oldest pattern and a refreshing take on the hand-painted tradition. Karen Kjældgård Larsen gave the classic blue fluted pattern a new impact by enlarging selected details of the original design.

The Blue Fluted Mega decoration is based on enlarged fragments of the classic Blue Fluted pattern


2008

Royal Copenhagen launches the Elements dinner service, created by Louise Campbell, one of Denmark’s leading designers.

The design incorporates elements of Royal Copenhagen’s most traditional servicesover three centuries. The shape of the service contains fragments of the Blue Fluted service of 1775, Flora Danica from 1790 and Half Lace from 1885 while the approach to colour is radically different from the traditional blue and white palette of Royal Copenhagen.

In Elements, Louise Campbell
has confronted the heritage of
centuries with the lifestyle
of the new millennium

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2010

2010 When Blue Fluted Mega was launched in the year 2000, it tookthe world by storm. The new reinterpretation of the classic Blue Fluted design wrote design
history, and is still sold around the world today. This year Blue Fluted Mega celebrates its 10th anniversary.


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Today Royal Copenhagen porcelain
is still hand-painted according to
craftsmanship traditions dating back
235 years.

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Miscellaneous
We send all merchandise as packages, which make it possible to track them in case of problems. During shipment the package is insured and we kindly ask you to verify the content upon delivery. Should the package or the content be damaged upon arrival please report it to the currier immediately, or no later than two days after receiving it. Then return the merchandise to us. Royal Copenhagen is not responsible for merchandise that is damaged during transportation. We always pack everything carefully, thereby minimizing possible damage.

Shipping and handling
In Royal Copenhagen we strive on a quick delivery, so all orders are shipped within 1-2 business days. In connection with the sale and holiday season it is expected to be longer delivery time. Should there be delays with the currier, Royal Copenhagen can not be held liable.

Goods to most other EU countries and countries outside the EU will be sent via GLS or Post Danmark and delivery may take up to 6 business days.

Shipping in Denmark
All shipments in Denmark are delivered by Post Danmark. Shipping cost is included on orders above 500 DKK.

Freight rates within DK: 75 DKK

Shipping abroad
All shipments abroad are delivered by GLS or Post Danmark and sent as an insured package and business mail, which means that the package can not be sent as a gift to non-EU countries in an attempt to evade local taxes and duties.

Freight rates within EU: 13 Euro
Freight rates outside EU: 50 Euro

Regular service in Europe is app. 5-6 business days.
Regular service outside of Europe is app. 7-8 business days.

Returns
Royal Copenhagen gladly accepts returns. You have to return the merchandise no later than 14 workdays from the date of receipt. The return must be in original packaging. As soon as we have received the returned items and they have undergone a quality control check we will credit your account/credit card. We only credit the card that was used to purchase the items, in that way we can limit the use of stolen credit cards. Please keep your postage receipt as a proof that the package was sent. You are responsible for the return expenses.

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If you have received an item from Royal Copenhagen as a gift you do not want, you can return it and exchange for another item of the same value. In case you want a more expensive item you have the option of paying the difference as well as shipment fees. You can also choose to return the gift and receive an online voucher.
We cannot return any money as only the credit card used to purchase the item(s) can be credited.

Notification of defects
All merchandise is covered by The Danish Sale of Goods, giving you 24 months to complain about an item. As a customer you can complain about defects and deficiencies that arise within 24 months of the purchase. However, if the defects, deficiencies, or usage are due to negligent use, a lack of maintenance, or simply because of normal usage your right to complain is renounced. In case of a complaint or a missing delivery please contact Customer Service, telephone +45 38 14 48 48 or send an e-mail to: customerservice@royalcopenhagen.com
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