Royal Copenhagen Plate
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About the design
ROYAL COPENHAGEN – Carlsberg Plate 1981.
This porcelain plate celebrates the Danish brewery Carlsberg (established in 1847) and features the famous Elephant Gate at the Carlsberg Headquarters – four life-size elephants, carved of granite from the Danish island Bornholm, greet all who comes to Carlsberg. The motif is hand painted in the distinctive Royal Copenhagen blue and was issued in a limited edition.
Green back stamp with Royal Copenhagen logo and three blue wave lines – classified grade A by Royal Copenhagen. Near the bottom it is stamped “With the compliments of Carlsberg”.
For collectors the back stamp carries a lot of information – one very important thing is the grading. Whether a piece is grade A (the best quality, no flaws or faults) or B (small, often not recognizable, production flaws) often carries a big difference in price. The way to distinguish the pieces apart, is to run a nail, over the three blue wave lines. Grade B pieces are marked with a vertical scratch in the porcelain where the wave lines are painted. Grade A pieces don’t have this!
Also the little blue signature next to the wave lines is the hand painter’s (called blue painter) signature, and the green Royal Copenhagen logo contains further information for dating the piece.
The backside has two holes in the base rim enabling it for wall hanging.
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Meet the Designer
Acton Bjørn was a Danish designer and architect. He attended the Technical Society’s school in 1926-30 and in 1931 he was trained as a carpenter. In the same year, he went directly to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and graduated i …
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ABO Randers A/S was a small lighting company, situated in Aalestrup, near Randers, in Jutland. It was founded in the late 1960s, and mainly based on one product idea – the successful Ball magnet wall lamp, originally designed by Benny Frandsen. The gen …