Here is a very rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain with handpainted floral motif - a bunch of buttercups - and gold edging, faithfully copied from the 18th century botanical encyclopedia, Flora Danica. The porcelain plaque has a gilt Sterling silver back by Anton Michelsen. The back is mounted with.both a bale for the matching chain as well as a clasp for the brooch mode.
The Encyclopedia was commissioned by King Frederik V in 1761. It consisted of thousands of engraved copper plates with hand-coloured illustrations, accurately representing Danish wild flowers and plants in size and details. It was not completed until 1874, showing its immense scale. The first Flora Danica dinner service consisted of 1802 pieces and was reportedly commissioned by the Danish king, Christian VII as a gift to the mighty Empress Catherine II of Russia.
Probably the most expensive dinner service ever produced, nowadays individual pieces can be made to order, and a small side plate will set you back upwards of £500.
Condition: Excellent, no visible damage,
Marks: On plaque: Denmark, 3 wavy lines for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark, On back:AM under crown in triangle, 925S, three wavy lines under crown
Size: 1.9" ( 4.8cm) long. chain is 25.75" (65cm) long