A Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica part dinner and dessert service
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A Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica part dinner and dessert service

20TH CENTURY

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A Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica part dinner and dessert service
20th century
Of conventional form, each piece painted with specimen flowers or fish, within a pink, gilt-beaded and serratred rim, comprising:
A circular soup tureen with lid;
An oval dish;
A shallow circular dish;
Four salt cellars;
A sauce boat with fixed saucer;
Six soup plates;
Twelve fish plates;
Twelve dessert plates;
One pierced plate;
One pierced fruit basket;
Twelve coffee cups and saucers;
All with green printed marks, blue triple-wave marks, green pattern numbers and black script titles (65)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Essay

Crown Prince Frederick, the Danish Regent, commissioned the first Flora Danica service in 1790, with the intention of presenting it as a gift for the Empress of Russia, Catherine II. However with her death in 1796 this was abandoned, and he took possession of it for his household.

The service is decorated with the flowers of Denmark (Flora Danica) and each piece is hand painted, with the Latin botanical name of each specimen on the underside of each piece. The porcelain is produced in relatively small quantities at the factory at Frederiksborg. The prince's original service is now at Rosenborg, in the Turret room of the ancient palace.
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