Monday, August 13, 2007
Royal Copenhagen Teawares
I had a little time over the weekend to begin reading the new (Summer 2007) issue of Tea A Magazine, and I especially enjoyed the cover story about Royal Copenhagen porcelain. This Denmark company has been around since 1775, and today you can purchase some of the same patterns made more than 200 years ago.
That modern looking design on the cover teapot? There's a great story behind it. It's an enlarged detail from Blue Fluted, the company's first pattern that appeared back in 1775. In 2000, a design student came calling and proposed that the company enlarge details from the chrysanthemum on Blue Fluted, creating a new pattern called Blue Fluted Mega.
The article also shows Royal Copenhagen's Flora Danica pieces, the company's most prestigious pattern, still in production and which legend says was actually created by Denmark's King Christian VII for Catherine the Great! So, if your purse is deep enough, you can truly dine like royalty. (As always, this issue of Tea A Magazine has a nice variety of articles, book and tearoom reviews, and advertising. Well worth reading.)