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Symbolising fidelity and secrecy, blue is a colour for which artists in the past would pay considerable sums. It is often the subject of writing. And it is also the colour in which the Royal Copenhagen expert painters excel.
“…”I have found it at last. This is the true blue. Oh, how light it makes one. Oh, it is as fresh as a breeze, as deep as a deep secret, as full as I say not what.” With trembling hands she held the jar to her bosom…”
Quoting old Lady Helena’s exclamation upon being presented with a blue-painted Chinese jar. Quote is from “The Young Man with the Carnation” from Winter’s Tales by Isak Dinesen (the pen name of the Danish novelist Karen Blixen)
THE BLUES OF AN ARTISAN
Throughout history, the colour blue has been an important means of expression. Some artists used blue to signify a surplus of resources and wealth, whereas others used the colour to express their feelings. Pablo Picasso, for example, went through a decidedly “blue” period.
Blue is used in many of Royal Copenhagen’s decorations. Porcelain painting requires tremendous accuracy and concentration in a process that is both long and complicated. A blue-painter spends four years learning his craft. The delicate decoration is comparable to the painter’s own signature; at a glance the decorations may appear identical but each painter is able to immediately recognise their own and their colleagues work. In addition, all blue-painters put their own signature on the back of each and every porcelain item painted. Here these individual signatures join the three Royal Copenhagen waves, which represent the three Danish straits: the Oresund, the Great Belt and the Little Belt.