Flora Danica: One of the most magnificent porcelain services ever created
The Flora Danica was first produced in 1790 by Royal Copenhagen and is still in production today. Considered among the finest examples of porcelain design in the world, Flora Danish is a beloved national design symbol of Denmark.
In 1761, the Danish king Frederik V commissioned a botanical encyclopedia, an enormous undertaking that comprised dozens of volumes and thousands of hand-tinted engravings of Danish wildflowers, represented in astonishing detail. The collection was not completed until 1883! In 1790 a dinner set, based on the encyclopedia, was commissioned from Royal Copenhagen by Frederik's grandson, Crown Prince Frederik, who had ordered it as a present for Catherine II of Russia. Unfortunately, Catherine died in 1796 and never saw it.
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