In the mid-19th-century, G.F. Hetsch, the artistic director of Royal Copenhagen, reportedly produced bisque porcelain characters such as Venus to complement his vases and candlesticks. But the first Royal Copenhagen figurines were not put on public display until the Paris World Fair of 1889. In fact, the Art Nouveau era was a particularly good time for both the firm and fans of figurines, as Royal Copenhagen designers created scores of adorable children and animals, as well as mythical figures such as satyrs.

Royal Copenhagen designers at the beginning of the 20th century included Knud Kyhn and Gerhard Henning, who, between them, created many of the company’s most enduring figurines, from polar bears and monkeys to mischievous Pan characters. Another designer from this period was Felix Nylund, whose white porcelain figure of a mother clutching her child stood a full 21 inches tall.

One of the secrets to Royal Copenhagen’s success was its underglazing techniques, which allowed artists to use color to accentuate the shapes of the figures from within, rather than simply applying color to the object’s surface. Royal Copenhagen’s product lines using these underglazing technique were quickly copied by Royal Doulton and others.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

V&A Porcelain Figures

V&A Porcelain Figures

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s online collection of Meissen porcelain figures includes more than 150 pieces, in… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

Royal Copenhagen Rare Box With Mouse Figurine #296Royal Copenhagen Lovely Figurine Mouse On Fishhead #513Royal Copenhagen Small Figurine Barn Owl #367Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine Resting Camel #826Royal Copenhagen Figurine French Bully Bulldog #1466Royal Copenhagen Figurine Guinea Cock #2125Royal Copenhagen Lovely Figurine Crying Fawn #1061Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine Pair Of Elephants #802Bing Grondahl B&g Copenhagen Spilt Milk Girl W Pitcher Jug Porcelain Figurine NrBing And Grondahl Copenhagen Figurine French Bully Bulldog #2000Vintage Royal Copenhagen Denmark #421 Girl Feeding Cat Porcelain FigurineRoyal Copenhagen Figurine Guinea Hen #1086#206 Large Royal Copenhagen Woman Maiden Figurine, Old MarkBing & Grondahl Figurine # 1580 Woman Reading On Bench 15 CmRoyal Copenhagen Sitting Fox Figurine 1475Huge Royal Copenhagen Figurine "the Gossips" #1319Mid 20th Century B&g "who Is Calling" Figurine Statue Bing & Grondahl 2251Royal Copenhagen Mary Girl With Baby Doll Figurine 1721Royal Copenhagen Denmark Playful Tabby Cat Figurine 1 St Quality #727 PristineRoyal Copen Hagen Nurse 4507 And Bg Nurse 2379Royal Copenhagen Dahl Jensen Girl With Berry "else" #1207 FigurineBing & Grondahl B&g Figurine - "marianne" #2373 Girl Putting On Shoes DenmarkRoyal Copenhagen Pair Of Ducks #412 HugeRoyal Copenhagen Denmark Peasant Women Figure StatueRoyal Copenhagen Rainbow Trout Fish Figurine 2676Royal Copenhagen 939 Girls W/dollVery Nice Royal Copenhagen Denmark 3321 Mermaid Figurine 4 1/2" TallRoyal Copenhagen Rooster Chicken Hen Figurine 1126Royal Copenhagen Trinket Or Candy Dish With Mermaid #3231Huge Royal Copenhagen Figurine #1659 "shephard Boy On Rock"Bing & Grondahl B&g Mouse 1801 Figurine Royal Copenhagen MintRoyal Copenhagen Figurine 'partridge' Herold #2261 8"l X 3 5/8"h VintageRoyal Copenhagen Denmark Small Green Frog On A Stone Figurine #507 Royal Copenhagen Vintage Figurine Girl Knitting # 1314 NvxRoyal Copenhagen Boy With Teddy Bear Figurine 3468Royal Copenhagen Bird Figurine Fat Robin #2266Royal Copenhagen Fan Tail Fish Figurine 3064Vtg Royal Copenhagen Denmark Boy With Broom Figurine #3250 Excellent