About the Artist:
The Royal Copenhagen manufactory operations began in a converted post office in 1775. It was founded by a chemist, Frantz Heinrich Müller, who was given a 50-year monopoly to create porcelain. The first pieces manufactured were dining services for the royal family. When, in 1779, King Christian VII assumed financial responsibility, the manufactory was styled the Royal Porcelain Factory. In 1790, Royal Copenhagen brought out its now famous Flora Danica “Blue Fluted” dinner service, with gilded edge and Danish flora motifs, and Royal Copenhagen held a monopoly “on the “Blue Fluted" name.
By 1851, Royal Copenhagen qualified for the World Expo in London. In 1868, as a result of royal companies’ privatization, the Royal Porcelain Factory came into private hands. It was purchased by the faience factory Aluminia in 1882. Shortly after Aluminia’s acquisition, Royal Copenhagen production was moved to a modern factory building at Aluminia’s site in Frederiksberg, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. By 1889, Royal Copenhagen qualified for the World Expo in Paris, winning the Grand Prix, giving it international exposure.
In recent years, Royal Copenhagen, acquired Georg Jensen, in 1972, incorporated with Holmegaard Glass Factory in 1985, and finally Bing & Grøndahl in 1987. Royal Copenhagen was a part of a group of Scandinavian companies, Royal Scandinavia, together with Georg Jensen, and was owned by the Danish private equity fund, Axcel. Today, it has become renowned for its porcelain, and very collectible, figurines.
Manufactured in the mid-1980s as part of the Royal Copenhagen Mini Collection, this porcelain figurine is that of a playful puppy inside a brown box. The pup is popping out of the box, with its head holding up the box’s lid and its front paws hanging over the box’s edge. The brown and white puppy is beautifully decorated with a large blue tie hanging from its neck. The scene is one of playful surprise and innocence.
This figurine is in excellent vintage condition, free of cracks, chips or crazing. The Royal Copenhagen mark appears on the figurine’s bottom.
This Royal Copenhagen figurine makes for a wonderful gift for any special occasion. In addition, this beautifully detailed puppy popping out of a box would add great value to your own porcelain collection. This piece is sure to become a treasured heirloom in your family.