We hope you will enjoy your membership of the Royal Copenhagen Collector's Club.
Since the first Royal Copenhagen Annual Plate was launched in 1908, it has been cherished among collectors across the world. Telling the story of Danish culture and heritage, each plate is a piece of Danish porcelain history. The story behind the iconic blue plates is one of royal heritage, craftsmanship and a passion for blue since 1775.
The idea behind the annual plate as we know it today originates from the 1888 Nordic Industrial, Agricultural and Arts Exhibition in Copenhagen. An enormous event, primarily held in and around the Tivoli gardens, that would bring 1,3 million guests to a country of just 2 million inhabitants. The Royal Danish Porcelain Factory had, as part of its exhibition at the fair, created a series of plates that lined the podiums used for display. The plates were decorated in blue with the factory’s logo: The crown and three wavy lines.
Around the same time, artist Frans August Hallin from the Royal Danish Porcelain Factory decided to carve a relief in the mould for the plate, making it possible to easily repeat the decoration in numerous copies. Instead of hand-painting the plates, they could then be spray painted and the disparities in depth created by the relief would create variations in the intensity of the colour.