Royal Copenhagen comport, flowers & insects, c. 1785
Rare Royal Copenhagen tall round comport, well painted in the ‘Saxon Flowers’ pattern with groups of colourful flowers in the Meissen style complete with various insects, the edge with a thick gold rim above a moulded basketweave frieze.
Underglaze hand-painted blue 3-wave mark,
incised marks to footrim,
20.5cm wide, 15cm high
Minor star crack to bowl
Royal Copenhagen started production in 1779 after several years of development. The concern was funded by the court, in particular the Dowager Queen Juliane Marie. European Courts at this time were in the habit of using Meissen porcelain, and Meissen had flourished with the international demand for their wares, developing into a huge industry. Royal Copenhagen, however, lacked this massive demand, and in these early years, catered for the local aristocracy. It is therefore rather rare to find a piece from these the initial years. It is also hardly surprising that the ‘Saxon Flowers’ pattern was borrowed from the popular Meissen ‘Deutschblumen’ flowers – as were the shapes. And yet, Royal Copenhagen created a true hard-paste porcelain of their own that has its own distinct feel, a ‘softer’ feel than the often glassy Meissen hard-paste.