The Craftsmanship of
Art is more than a gifted intuition. It is an expression of immense diligence. Discover the craft and creativity behind Flora Danica. A journey from liquid clay and hand-modelling of flowers to porous biscuit porcelain, hand glazing, painting of motifs, and delicate gilding. This is the immense skill that goes into creating the pieces of Flora Danica.
From the moment you order your Flora Danica until the moment you receive it, it has been fired at least 8 times; passed through 30 pairs of hands and has been object to the artistic freedom of the painter who interprets the old Flora Danica sketches to create a personal expression – and to make your piece unique. Walk each step of the creation alongside the artists.
The Princess and the pea figurine epitomises the exclusive craftsmanship of Royal Copenhagen. It is the most prestigious overglaze figurine to be crafted and painted by the Flora Danica department. The two-part bonbonnière-style piece depicts a princess as beautiful and fragile as the fine porcelain from which she is made.
Approximately 80 different colours on shining glaze; thousands of carefully placed brushstrokes. The Princess and the Pea takes up to 8 months to make - and only a few from the Flora Danica team know how…
The Princess and the Pea is inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale from 1835. Once upon a time there was a prince who longed for a true princess. So he travelled the world to find her. But while it might be easy to find princesses, it can be rather tricky to find the true one. And so he returned crestfallen. A stormy night later a young girl knocked on the city gate. She claimed to be a true princess and asked for a bed to sleep in. To test her claim, a pea was hidden under the twenty mattresses and quilts she slept on that night. And when the girl woke up with bruises and a sore back, he could see that she was not an imposter. The prince and princess married… Many years later the fairy tale was captured in a figurine that came to be one of Royal Copenhagen’s most exquisite pieces.
The Flora Danica pieces are not made to be identical. They are made to be yours. Each piece will reflect the flower painter’s artistic expression based on your choice of motif. When you order a Flora Danica piece you can choose between approx. 3000 flower motifs and 40 different forms – and we are of course at your disposal for advice and suggestions.
Are you looking for more insights – or advice on choosing your motif, please contact us here.