Here is a rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain with handpainted floral motif - a bunch of violets, faithfully copied from the 18th century botanical encyclopedia, Flora Danica. The porcelain plaque has a gilt frame, bale and chain, but these are not silver and not to be confused with the 1960s Anton Michelsen silver-gilt settings.
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: Crown, 3 wavy lines for Royal Copenhagen, Denmark,
Size: 1.9" ( 4.8cm) long + bale. chain is 20" (50cm) long