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Danish Royal Porcelain 1775-2000 - 225 Years of Design

The Dream of China

The dream of China was the dream of porcelain, that fairytale, semi-translucent material that was placed on a par with precious stones and the composition of which was the secret of the Chinese.   

In the late-medieval period, it arrived via the Caravan Route in Persia and Turkey - and subsequently in Europe.  With the establishment of a sea route trade grew, with porcelain becoming curiosities that lent kings and royalty added status. Around 1700, cabinets of curiosities began to feature in many castles, with decorative presentations.  The function of porcelain was to make an impression.

Denmark gained its East India Company in 1731.  Ships were sent out every year and, in the course of the 18th century, millions of items were brought back to Denmark.  Although most of the porcelain was resold, much of it remained in the country.  It was still considered a luxury but, with the arrival of the new drinks coffee, tea and chocolate, it became an indispensable part of everyday life.


The Earliest European Porcelain in the 18th Century

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