Flora Danica - As elegant now
as it was then.
piece of porcelain is a true treasure and equally beautiful
in use as on display. Every piece is adorned with a
different plant motif, which can be chosen from the more
than 3,000 different motifs available from the original
Flora Danica work.
The history behind Flora Danica
During the golden age of porcelain production in Europe, the elite began to take an interest in the study of botany and nature, both for its beauty and its benefits to humanity. The extensive Flora Danica botanical Encyclopedia was commissioned by King Frederik V in 1761. It consisted of thousands of engraved copper plates with hand-coloured illustrations, accurately representing Danish wild flowers and plants in size and details. It was not completed until 1874, showing its immense scale.
It is not known who in 1790 decided to decorate a large, expensive banquet service with illustrations from Flora Danica. Today, the Flora Danica service is painted as it was over 200 years ago, in free hand based on the original panels. On the fine porcelain, as in the original Flora Danica panels, there is no distinction between roses and thistles; all plants are treated the same. It was the same botanical artist, Johann Christoph Bayer who had previously worked on the Flora Danica books who painted most of the first major Flora Danica dinner service for Royal Copenhagen. In the poor lighting of the time, this work eventually cost him his sight. Deservedly, he was awarded a full pension.
The first Flora Danica dinner service consisted of 1802 pieces and was reportedly commissioned by the Danish king, Christian VII as a gift to the mighty Empress Catherine II of Russia. Perhaps to ameliorate the fact that Denmark had not supported the Russians during the war between Sweden and Russia.
Danish Flora and Roman inspiration
The discovery and excavation of Herculaneum and Pompeii in the 1700s lead to the widespread use of classical motifs in decoration and inspired Flora Danica’s design. The gilded edges show its Roman influence and put a historical framework around the detailed botanical art. A national treasure for the Kingdom... And everyone else Precious and luxurious, Flora Danica has been given and received by wealthy, aristocratic and royal families around the world, including the Danish Royal family where the service still graces the table on state occasions. Flora Danica can now be purchased on request.
Flora Danica made to order
For more information on Flora Danica or to place an order, please contact Royal Copenhagen on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made to order
Whether you wish to own a single Tea cup for your Sunday breakfast
or purchase a complete Flora Danica dinner service you can choose
between more than 3000 different motives from the original Flora Danica
For more information on Flora Danica or to place an order,
please contact Royal Copenhagen on email@example.com