Tour six festive tables created for the Royal Copenhagen Christmas 2010 celebration.
Six Christmas tables were presented this year in the Royal Copenhagen Christmas 2010 table fest that takes place in the flagship store of the iconic Danish china brand. This year’s crop of tables feature a modern attitude and simpler place settings although, as usual, their themes are based on royal institutions. Tradition counts when you’ve been in business since 1775. The annual event takes place in the company’sstore in Copenhagen, where it remains open to the public until New Year’s Eve. Our virtual tour provides the convenience of close ups without the press of the crowds.
Royal Danish Horticulture Society Table A mossy, twig-walled conservatory filled with greenery is the background for a primitive wood table set with iconic Flora Danica porcelain. A small bowl is filled with colorful red carnations [top]. One of the world’s most expensive china patterns, Flora Danica has a wide range of forms decorated with gold detail and botanical motifs.
The handle of the Flora Danica sauce boat is shaped and colored like a twig.
The Royal Library Table – Constructing the table with stacks of books as legs shows a more contemporary nature of this year’s installation in a formal room with elaborate plaster moldings, a crystal chandelier and elegant bookcases.
Small antique books make beautiful table accessories, I think, and a parchment scroll with an elegant tag is an easy-to-duplicate napkin ring. The library table was used to introduce the new White Platinum porcelain pattern.
White Platinum china, close up.
The Royal Stables Table – Move over Ralph. Saddles and uniforms have timeless charm as does the brown-on-cream check tablecloth simply but festively decorated pine cones and moss.
An elegant silver stirrup does double-duty as a name-card holder and a cutlery rest. The silver knife, fork and spoon are heavy enough to keep unfurled napkins dangling from the side of the table.
The utterly simple White Elements china has an almost Asian design purity and form.
The Royal Danish Orchestra Table – The sound of classical Christmas music takes a decidedly modern turn in combination with Royal Copenhagen’s Black Fluted Mega dinnerware.
Black Fluted Mega is based on a stylized floral motif.
The Royal Life Guards Table – Founded in 1658 by a Danish king, this army infantry regiment guards the royal family. Their sentry chairs, bearskin caps, and uniforms were incorporated in the theme of their table.
Wooden replicas of the guards along with forced tulip bulbs and red pillar candles are set along with classic Christmas china on a plain wood table.
A Star Fluted Christmas Cake Plate shows the wonderful detail of this seasonal china pattern.
The Royal Porcelain Factory Table – Danish blue and white china in the Blue Fluted Plain, Mega and Half Lace patterns are mixed on a handmade wood table decorated with blue flowers.
In the background is a mural wall of porcelain factory photos as well as an étagère holding a display of various blue and white pattern pieces.
The Blue Fluted Half Lace tureen used on the table definitely fits the definition of Christmas heirloom china and seems especially well suited to the Royal Porcelain Factory table.