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Royal Copenhagen Bird Figurine No 1040
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen bird figurine No 1040. Measures 4 cm / 1 37/64 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Collie No 1701
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of Collie No 1701. Measures: 28 cm / 11 1/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Wirehaired Terrier No 3165
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen figurine of wirehaired terrier no 3165. Measures: 12 cm / 4 23/32 in.
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20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate RC-CM68A
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate RC-CM68A. The good Samaritan. Inscription: INTER ARMA CARITAS (Charity in war) 1877-1907. Made on the occasion of the Red Cross Society's 30th an...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1892 RC-CM2
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1892 RC-CM2. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1895 RC-CM4
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1895 RC-CM4. Measures: 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1897 RC-CM8 The Wedding of Princess Ingeborg of Denmark to Prince Carl of Sweden. Crowned face to face monogram CI and the year 1897. Des...
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1896 RC-CM7
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1896 RC-CM7. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1896 RC-CM6
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1896 RC-CM6. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfekt condition. Viking-ship, in the background artic coast. Inscription: 1897 I.O...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1920 RC-CM189
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1920 RC-CM189. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Blacksmith forging the three rings of the Odd Fellows. Inscripti...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1924 RC-CM229
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1924 RC-CM229. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Archer. Inscription: VENSKAB (friendship) 1884 19 NQVEMBER -1924....
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1925 RC-CM233
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1925 RC-CM233. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Sonderborg castle. Inscription: HERTHA SØNDERBORG. Comm. by the ...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM53
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM53. Measures 20 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM53: 1905: Stallion standing in front of a tree. Inscription: ...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1938 RC-CM283
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1938 RC-CM283. Measures: 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1970 RC-CM325
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1970 RC-CM325. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in good condition. The mill of Dybbøl. Below the two lions of Slesvig and the years 1920...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1904 RC-CM48
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1904 RC-CM48. Measures 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM48: 1904: Star shining over front from which two snakes are d...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM21
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM21. Measures: 18.5 cm / 7 9/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM64
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM64. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM61
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM61. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM168
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1917 RC-CM168. Measures: 20.3 cm / 7 63/64 in. and is in perfect condition.
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM24
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM24. Measures: 22.5 cm / 8 55/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898, RC-CM25
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM25. Measures 21 cm / 8 17/64 in. and is in good condition.      
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM170
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1917 RC-CM170. Measures 23 cm and is in perfect condition. The actor Olaf Poulsen. Inscription: 1867 OLAF POULSEN 1917. Comm. by the asso...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM57
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM57. Nursing sister. In the background the hospital in Copenhagen. Above Crowned face to face monogram L (Queen louise), below N...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1922 RC-CM208
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1922 RC-CM208. Measures: 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Viking-ship  in the background artic coast. Inscription: 1897 I....
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM181
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM181. Measures 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Old building on the Frederiksholm's Kanal in Copenhagen housing...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM182
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM182. Measures 23 cm / 9 1/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Moses being rescued from the Nile by Faro’s daughter. Inscription...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906, RC-CM59
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906, RC-CM59. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1899 RC-CM27
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1899 RC-CM27. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM18
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM18. Measures: 17.5 cm / 6 3/4 in.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM19
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM19. Measures: 18.4 cm / 7 1/4 in.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1898 RC-CM23
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1898 RC-CM23. Measures 17.5 cm / 6 57/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Antique 1890s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1906 RC-CM66
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1906 RC-CM66. Measures 19.5 cm / 7.43/ 64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM73
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM73. Measures 21.5 cm / 8.15/32 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM179
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM179. Measures 17.2 cm / 6 49/64 in. and is in perfect condition. Memorial plate for the 100th anniversary of the birth of King ...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1921 RC-CM202
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1921 RC-CM202. Measures 15.5 cm / 6 7/64 in. and is in good condition.      
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM76
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM76. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM136
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM136. Measures 15 cm / 5 29/32 in. and is in perfect condition. Young Viking receiving sword from a woman. Inscription: D.K.F. 1...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1924 RC-CM223
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1924 RC-CM223 Two soldiers carrying a fallen comrade. Inscription: 1849 -6 July- 1924. Made on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the ba...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1905 RC-CM52
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1905 RC-CM52. Measures 20 cm / 7 7/8 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM52: 1905: Lake with swans. Above a flowering chestnut. Inscrip...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM74
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM74. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1907 RC-CM68
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1907 RC-CM68. Measures 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 and is in good condition.  
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM177
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM177. Measures: 19.5 cm / 7 43/64 in. and is in perfect condition. The powder-magazine in Frederikshavn. Inscription: 1818- FRED...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1921 RC-CM202
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1921 RC-CM202. Measures: 15.5 cm / 6 7/ 64 in. and is in perfect condition. The 70th birthday of the dowager Queen Louise of Denmark. Cro...
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Vintage 1920s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1912 RC-CM138
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative plate from 1912 RC-CM138. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM138, 1912 Crowned commemorative plate for King Frederik VII...
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1909 RC-CM104
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1909 RC-CM104. Measures 14 cm / 5 33/64 in. and is in perfect condition. RC-CM104; 1909: Commemorative plate for Princess Marie. Crowned ...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM81
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM81. Measures: 22.5 cm and is in good condition.
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1936 RC-CM278
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1936 RC-CM278. Measures: 18 cm / 7 3/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1937 RC-CM280
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1937 RC-CM280. Measures: 19 cm / 7 31/64 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1930s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1960 RC-CM308
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1960 RC-CM308. Measures 21.5 cm / 8 15/32 in. and is in good condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1908 RC-CM86
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1908 RC-CM86. Measures 38 cm / 14 61/64 in. and is in good condition. Commissioned by the freemason lodge St. Clemens in Aarhus. Sub Cruce C...
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Antique Early 1900s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1918 RC-CM180
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1918 RC-CM180. Measures 25.5 cm / 10 3/64 in. and is in perfect condition.     
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Vintage 1910s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM169
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1917 RC-CM169. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in. and is in perfect condition. Landscape with a road. Inscription: FORENINGEN AF HANDELSREJSEN...
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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1969 RC-CM323
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Mindeplatte fra 1916 RC-CM164. Måler 20.3 cm / 7 63/64 in. og er i perfekt stand. Danish landscape with flag and corn sheaf. Inscription: DANMARK OG DANMARKS ÆRE ...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Commemorative Plate from 1888 RC-CM001
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen commemorative plate from 1888 RC-CM001. Measures: 17 cm / 6 11/16 in.
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Antique 1880s Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Unique Art Nouveau by Arthur Boesen
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen unique Art Nouveau by Arthur Boesen. Signed. Dated 13/2-1918. Decorated with Frelser Church and Little Mill on Christianshavn. Measures: 42 cm / 16 17/32 in.
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Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Vase No 2678/2420
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau vase no 2678/2420. Measures: 33 cm / 13 in.
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Late 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Porcelain

Royal Copenhagen Figurine Fairy Tale III
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Figurine Fairy Tale III. Designed by Gerhard Henning. First quality. Measures 22 cm / 8 21/32 in.
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Early 20th Century Danish Art Nouveau Porcelain

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Royal Copenhagen Figurine of Girl with Mirror No 1244
By Royal Copenhagen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Royal Copenhagen Figurine of girl with mirror No 1244. Designed by Gerhard Henning. Dated 1920-4-24. 1st quality. Measures: 18 cm 7 3/32 in. Perfect condition.
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Royal Copenhagen Nouveau For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic royal copenhagen nouveau available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of ceramic, porcelain and metal, every royal copenhagen nouveau was constructed with great care. There are many kinds of the royal copenhagen nouveau you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 19th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A royal copenhagen nouveau, designed in the Art Nouveau, Art Deco or Scandinavian Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made royal copenhagen nouveau has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Royal Copenhagen, Valdemar Engelhardt and Christian Thomsen are consistently popular.

How Much is a Royal Copenhagen Nouveau?

Prices for a royal copenhagen nouveau start at $21 and top out at $91,985 with the average selling for $610.

royal-copenhagen Biography and Important Works

Producers of the finest in Danish porcelain, Royal Copenhagen is a company steeped in tradition. Its celebrated blue-and-white china patterns as well as its famed hallmark depicting the royal crown and three waves—symbolizing the monarch who founded the company and the three major waterways of Denmark—are emblems of master craftsmanship.

     Royal Copenhagen was founded in 1775 by Queen Juliane Marie. Years earlier, after the death of her husband, King Frederick V, Juliane’s stepson ascended the throne. Shortly into his reign, he went insane, and the Queen became the head of Denmark and its small empire. She sought to improve Denmark’s economy and founded factories around the country to promote domestic growth and international trade. Royal Copenhagen was one of the first of these. Royal Copenhagen first made dinnerware and vases with blue-and-white motifs inspired by Chinese porcelain, then the rage in aristocratic Europe. Many of these designs are still made today.

     Apart from its classic patterns, Royal Copenhagen has adapted to the changing styles of time and appeals to many different tastes. Their prolific body of work includes Rococo-style porcelain statues that incorporate stylistic floral patterns in an Art Nouveau style, as well as modern vases by such noted 20th century Danish ceramists as Axel Salto. Whether used for special occasions or displayed as part of a design collection, Royal Copenhagen pieces represent a legacy of the highest quality.

A Close Look at Art Nouveau Furniture

Art Nouveau furniture designers did not intend to revive past styles but rather to create something innovative that reflected the climate of the time. The style originated in France and Britain in the early 1880s before taking shape as a vastly popular movement in the United States and elsewhere in the years that followed. In furniture, jewelry-making and graphic design, Art Nouveau (“New Art”) designers embraced the inherent beauty of the natural world, freeing themselves from the stiff and stuffy confines of Victorian-era decorative arts.

Fittingly, Art Nouveau furniture makers — such as architects Victor Horta and Antoni Gaudí — were fluent in multiple media, freely producing handcrafted walnut tables as frequently as they worked in metal. Industrial materials, such as iron and glass, were utilized in concert with new methods of bending and shaping wood. Art Nouveau furniture mixed curved and geometric contour lines and is rich in details and adornments.

There are ways to tastefully integrate a touch of Art Nouveau into even the most modern interior — browse the ever-expanding selection of original antique Art Nouveau style furniture at 1stDibs, which includes decorative objects, seating, tables, garden elements and more.

Finding the Right Porcelain for You

Today you’re likely to bring out your antique and vintage porcelain in order to dress up your dining table for a special meal.

Porcelain, a durable and nonporous kind of pottery made from clay and stone, was first made in China and spread across the world owing to the trade routes to the Far East established by Dutch and Portuguese merchants. Given its origin, English speakers called porcelain “fine china,” an expression you still might hear today. "Fine" indeed — for over a thousand years, it has been a highly sought-after material.

Meissen Porcelain, one of the first factories to create real porcelain outside Asia, popularized figurine centerpieces during the 18th century in Germany, while works by Capodimonte, a porcelain factory in Italy, are synonymous with flowers and notoriously hard to come by. Modern porcelain houses such as Maison Fragile of Limoges, France — long a hub of private porcelain manufacturing — keep the city’s long tradition alive while collaborating with venturesome contemporary artists such as illustrator Jean-Michel Tixier.

Porcelain is not totally clumsy-guest-proof, but it is surprisingly durable and easy to clean. Its low permeability and hardness have rendered porcelain wares a staple in kitchens and dining rooms as well as a common material for bathroom sinks and dental veneers. While it is tempting to store your porcelain behind closed glass cabinet doors and reserve it only for display, your porcelain dinner plates and serving platters can safely weather the “dangers” of the dining room and be used during meals.

On 1stDibs, browse an expansive collection of antique and vintage porcelain made in a variety of styles, including Regency, Scandinavian modern and other examples produced during the mid-century era, plus Rococo, which found its inspiration in nature and saw potters crafting animal figurines and integrating organic motifs such as floral patterns in their work.