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Dating royal copenhagen pottery

The pattern is complex, but not over-elaborate and sits crisply on any pure white background.

The name was changed to the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactury in 1779, and became known as Royal Copenhagen.

It wasn’t until the early 18th century that kaolin was discovered in Germany outside Colditz and Aue, and European potteries set about experimenting with making their own true hard-paste porcelain dinnerware.

Following in the footsteps of German potteries like Meissen, Danish chemist Franz Henrich Mueller founded the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory in 1775 under the protection of Queen Juliane Marie.

The pattern was immediately popular and when Muller’s factory was rescued by the financial support of King Christian VII and became the Royal Porcelain Factory of CopenhagenRoyal Copenhagen’, the ‘Danish’ pattern was central to its success – as it still is today.

On close examination the pattern consists of a repeating pattern of mussels and stylized flowers traditionally in an under-glaze blue on a white background.

Other names have been ‘Denmark’, ‘Blue Denmark’, ‘Danish Pattern’ and ‘Mussel Pattern’.

Muller was a chemist and his contribution may have been the development of the characteristic ultramarine blue used on the wares.

The foundation 1709: Europeans elicit the secret of Chinese porcelain - 1772-1774: The chemist F. Mller experiments 1775: The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory is founded By the time the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory is founded on , under the protection of Queen Juliane Marie, more than one hundred years of persistent efforts have elapsed to elicit the secret of porcelain-making from the Chinese.