Blue Fluted

A Private Collection of Danish Porcelain

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Blue Fluted / Musselmalet

 

"For over 240 years, the pattern’s beauty has left its brushstrokes over our hearts. It has been reconsidered and reappropriated. Painted on new shapes, in new colours. Each reincarnation created with the greatest respect for the original pattern. Take a little bit of this history in your hands and feel for a moment the beauty in the details.

 

Pattern no. 1 - a piece of Danish history

 

The story begins in 1775. Across Europe and particularly in Meissen, Germany, porcelain production and decoration began to emulate that of China with its predominantly blue, hand-painted patterns. China was the birthplace of porcelain creation; its exports represented wealth and refined taste and had become a valuable commodity.

 

Early on in Royal Copenhagen’s history, a Chineseinfluenced pattern was simplified and pared down to

 

become the factory’s signature Blue Fluted Plain design. Since it was the company’s first design, it was called Pattern No.1. To this day, each piece of Blue Fluted Plain has a “1” painted underneath.

 

White gold

 

At the beginning of the 1700’s, Meissen was Europe’s sole manufacturer of porcelain. At the time, porcelain was considered to be “white gold” and in the race to discover the secrets of its manufacture, wealthy investors supported chemists and alchemists, often in dangerous endeavours.

 

The race was ended in Meissen in 1710, when the Elector of Saxony, Augustus II the Strong held captive a man who claimed to be able to create gold. Eventually, under duress, this ‘alchemist’ created porcelain for the Meissen factory. Meissen retained its monopoly until 1774 when Frantz Heinrich Müller managed to produce porcelain in Copenhagen. Müller was a skilled mineralogist, and the laboratory where he performed his experiments was located at Amagertorv, Copenhagen, not far from Royal Copenhagen’s flagship store today.

 

 

Origin of the name

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The original Danish name for Blue Fluted Plain is “Musselmalet” or clam-painted. Some believe this is

 

because the fluted shape is reminiscent of a clam- or seashell, but it is in fact based on a stylised crysanthemum and cinquefoil motif. This elegant design, its blue colour and the distinctive fluting together create dinnerware that has long been associated with Denmark.

 

Blue Fluted Plain has evolved since its inception but has always retained certain fundamental characteristics. At the turn of the millennium, Royal Copenhagen entered a new era and the wellpreserved pattern was renewed in several ways. The stylised flowers were uprooted and replanted in new colours and contexts. The palmette ornamented arches began to tell new stories. These elegant disruptions were created by a few bold young designers who dared to ignore conventions whilst retaining a healthy respect for the brand’s heritage."

 

 

Source: www.royalcopenhagen.com/ourpassion/patterns

 

 

 

Musselmalet was at the beginning a full copy of the well selling Meissen pattern. Interesting enough to know that in the beginning only men decorated. Way later in the 19th century women were introduced to this work. Over the years the pattern was simplified and modified to its current status/layout (see musselmalet plates at the end of this page). During the era of Arnold Krog the musselmalet service was brought back to fame. Krog developed new shapes and combined that with new features. He urged the painters to improve quality which brought a very good result.

Blue Fluted Full Lace Vase
Blue Fluted Jardiniere
Blue Fluted Jardiniere
Blue Fluted Jardiniere
Blue Fluted full lace fruit bowl
Blue Fluted full lace fruit bowl
Blue Fluted full lace center piece
Blue Fluted full lace center piece
Blue Fluted center piece
Blue Fluted center piece
Blue Fluted Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Jardiniere(s)
Blue Fluted Jardiniere(s)
Blue Fluted Flower Pot
Blue Fluted Flower Pot
Blue Fluted Plain Fish Plate
Blue Fluted Plain knives
Blue Fluted Full Lace Bowl
Blue Fluted Plain Meat Plate
Blue Fluted Full Lace various

Artist Decoration: 2 - Wictor Thomsen or L. Nielsen

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1850 - 1870

Production Number: 100

Height: 5 cm

Width: 41 cm

Depth: 32.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Oval plate

Blue Fluted Plain Lidded Bowl
Blue Fluted Comparison Meissen to Copenhagen
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Older Plate
Blue Fluted Older Plate
Blue Fluted Full Lace Vase

Artist Decoration: 8 - Miss A. Lübcke

Artist mold: Arnold Krog/S.B. Jacobsen Oct. 1885

Date of Production: 1897-1922

Production Number: 1123 (1/1123)

Height: 28.5 cm

Width: 25 cm

Depth: 25 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Vase

 

Blue Fluted Jardiniere
Blue Fluted Jardiniere

Artist Decoration: 28 - Miss S. Schlosser/C. Johansen

Artist mold: Arnold Krog around 1885

Date of Production: 1894-1897 (bowl) 1885-93 (stand)

Production Number: 1196

Height: 23 cm

Width: 36 cm

Depth: 25 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Roccoco Fruit bowl on figural stand

(2 piece)

Blue Fluted full lace fruit bowl

Artist Decoration: 19 - Miss P. Petersen or Miss Ibsen

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen / C. Liisberg (handles)

Mar. 1886

Date of Production: 1886 - 1893

Production Number: 1069

Height: 39 cm

Width: 14 cm

Depth: 24 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Jardiniere

 

Blue Fluted full lace center piece
Blue Fluted full lace center piece

Artist Decoration: 24 - Miss Anna Lykke, Inga Schiller or

Miss Kaja Jessen

Artist mold: Arnold Krog /J. Jacobsen Dec. 1886,

C. Liisberg (figurines)

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 1012

Height: 40 cm

Width: 29 cm

Depth: 29 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Fruit Bowl on base (2 piece)

 

Blue Fluted center piece

Artist Decoration: unknown

Artist mold: unknown / Ruben Svardalyhn for the

figurines ca. 1785-1800

Date of Production: ca. 1820 - 1870

Production Number: unknown

Height: 40 cm

Width: 29 cm

Depth: 29 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted

Remarks: Palm Centerpiece

see Lauritz G. Dorenfeldt "Kongelig

Dansk I 1775-1820" page 36

Blue Fluted Candle Holder

Artist Decoration: 31 - Miss E. Steenberg

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen and C. Liisberg 1884

and March 1887 (Blue Flower)

Date of Production: 1884 - 1893

Production Number: 13 (1/13 (1506)

Height: 48.5 cm

Width: 24 cm

Depth: 24 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted

Remarks: Roccoco Candlestick (2 piece)

One stick with repairs

Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder
Blue Fluted Full Lace Candle Holder

Artist Decoration: 24 - Miss Anna Lykke, Inga Schiller or

Miss Kaja Jessen (base)

32 - Miss I. Tange, G. Brünn, Christof-

fersen, A. Lieberkind, C. Poulsen or

Miss Else Möller ((candleholders)

Artist mold: Arnold Krog/J. Jacobsen and C.

Liisberg (figurines) Jul. 188

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 1006

Height: 55 cm

Width: 29 cm

Depth: 29 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: 5 arm Candlestick

Blue Fluted Jardiniere(s)

Artist Decoration: 29 - Miss C. Gottlieb or S. Wiehjel

32 - Miss Christoffersen, A. Lieberkind,

C. Poulsen or Miss Else Möller

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 1049

Height: 12 cm

Width: 32 cm

Depth: 21.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Fruit Bowl (one defect)

Blue Fluted Flower Pot

Artist Decoration: unknown

Artist mold: Eric Nielsen 1888

C. Liisberg (figurines)

Date of Production: ca. 1885 - 1922

Production Number: similar to 1047

Height: 16.5 cm

Width: 20 cm

Depth: 18 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Flower pot, no marks. Compared to

model 1047 the snails have been

replaced by faun´s heads as handles

hairline crack

Blue Fluted Plain Fish Plate

Artist Decoration: 42 - Miss A. Boll

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen Jun. 1890

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 105 (1/105)

Height: 5 cm

Width: 60.5 cm

Depth: 25 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted

Remarks: Fish Plate

Artist Decoration: unknown

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 133 (1/133)

Height: 2 cm

Width: 21 cm

Depth: 2 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Dinner Knives (one hairline)

Blue Fluted Full Lace Bowl

Artist Decoration: 6 - Miss E. Melchior

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen 1889

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 1019 (1/1019)

Height: 7 cm

Width: 27.5 cm

Depth: 27.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted Full Lace

Remarks: Salad bowl

Artist Decoration: unknown

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen Dec. 1885 (1016), Jul.

1886 (1094), Nov. 1895 (1144)

Date of Production: 1960 - 1984

Production Number: 613, 1016, 1094, 1144

Height: 3, 11.5, 3, 2.5 cm

Width: 25, 8, 21, 17.5 cm

Depth: 12.5, 8, 21, 17.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted half and full lace

Remarks: Cigarette holder, dish, plates

Blue Fluted Plain Meat Plate

Artist Decoration: 24 - Miss Anna Lykke, Inga Schiller or

Miss Kaja Jessen

Artist mold: J. Jacobsen Dec. 1893

Date of Production: 1897 - 1922

Production Number: 361 (1/361)

Height: 22.5 cm

Width: 38 cm

Depth: 24 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Oval Terrine

Blue Fluted Old Plate
Blue Fluted Plain Lidded Bowl

Artist Decoration: unknown

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1785

Production Number: ?

Height: 5 cm

Width: 32.5 cm

Depth: 32.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: very early large (under) plate

 

 

Picture to the left:

See original Meissen blue fluted around 1770 compared to the slightly adjusted blue fluted by Royal Copenhagen around 1785

Blue Fluted Old Plate

Artist Decoration: Hans Jacob Hansen

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1800 - 1819

Production Number: similar to 175

Height: 3.5 cm

Width: 24.5 cm

Depth: 24.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate

Blue Fluted Old Plate

Artist Decoration: Friedrich Gregorius Schaltz 1780-1837

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1800 - 1820

Production Number: similar to 175

Height: 3.50 cm

Width: 24.5 cm

Depth: 24.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate

Blue Fluted Old Plate

Artist Decoration: Mathias Hansen Wolstrup 1779-1801

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1780 - 1801

Production Number: similar to 175

Height: 3.50 cm

Width: 24.5 cm

Depth: 24.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate

Blue Fluted Old Plate

Artist Decoration: Hans Jacob Hansen (1779-1819)

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1790

Production Number: similar to 175

Height: 3.50 cm

Width: 24.5 cm

Depth: 24.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate, hairline crack

Blue Fluted Old Plate

Artist Decoration: Friedrich Gregorius Schaltz 1780-1837

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1800

Production Number: similar to 175

Height: 3.5 cm

Width: 24.5 cm

Depth: 24.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate

Blue Fluted Older Plate

Artist Decoration: 12 - C. Nödskov, Miss B. Lykke or

Miss A. Gram

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1870 - 1890

Production Number: 175

Height: 3.5 cm

Width: 25 cm

Depth: 25 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat Plate

Blue Fluted Older Plate

Artist Decoration: J. Chr. Hansen 1803-12 and 1815-62

Artist mold: unknown

Date of Production: ca. 1850 - 62

Production Number: 175

Height: 4 cm

Width: 32.5 cm

Depth: 32.5 cm

Pattern: Blue Fluted plain

Remarks: Flat (under) Plate

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