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Royal Copenhagen China19 of 23ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATE '69 - '74   -  ZNVase made in Denmark
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Posted 5 years ago


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ANOTHER UPDATE: I contacted Michael Fina of New York - they indicated this item was a limited edition and is no longer available. The set pictured above originally sold for $1,360.00. They indicated I should try auction houses, Amazon, or E-bay to locate a set.

So once again thanks to everyone who has helped me solve the mystery of this Ruby Red - Royal Copenhagen offering.



UPDATE FROM USA ROYAL COPENHAGEN: "The pattern you’re referring to we called Ruby Red, but Europe referred to it as Royal Purple.

We sold it in Europe and in the US and there were limited items and limited quantities.

Unfortunately, we have no inventory of the Ruby Red pattern. I also checked with Denmark and they have none either."


NEW YORK— Royal Copenhagen recently launched two tabletop collections using techniques and patterns stemming from 120 years ago.

First launched in 1888, Ruby Red Full Lace is being produced for today’s consumer and, according to Royal Copenhagen, will appeal to those who admire classic patterns with exquisite details and bold colors. The color in the design stems from a recipe book compiled in the 1770s by Frantz Heinrich Müller, founder of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory and the warm glow is achieved through the addition of gold. Each piece is handpainted. The Ruby Red Full Lace place setting includes a cup and saucer, dinner plate and salad plate as well as accessory pieces: a teapot, sugar bowl and creamer.

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Renowned Manhattan retail destination, Michael C. Fina, announced today that they will hold the East Coast exclusive on Danish luxury company Royal Copenhagen’s “Ruby Red Full Lace” collection, which was showcased at the New York Fall Tabletop Show in October, 2008. An elegant collection boasting a distinctive overglaze technique, Ruby Red Full Lace was first produced in 1888, and is now being re-introduced for a new age and will appeal to those who admire classic patterns with exquisite details and bold colors.

The Ruby Red Full Lace pattern is hand-painted using a meticulous and time-consuming process. The designs are first painted freehand, using a very thin pen and then a tiny brush, just as they were 200 years ago. The collection features the same decoration and shape as the classic Blue Fluted Full Lace pattern, but uses the overglaze technique custom to the lavish Flora Danica pattern, one of the most luxurious collections ever created.

I have gone on to the Michael Fina internet site - but they do not currently offer the Ruby Red version.

Let me know if you would like any additional follow-up. The Hospice Organization will list this item for auction.

Again thanks - your help and interest has been invaluable to our efforts.
I volunteer at a thrift shop and it was a donation - I can be reached at the following e-mail address.

Mystery Solved


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Gorgeous tea service! Haven't seen one like it either - pattern is an old one, but I haven't myself seen it in Burgundy. The pattern looks like "Blue Fluted Half Lace", though of course it's in Burgundy. Have you tried contacting the firm in Copenhagen? This is a very special tea service! I'd ask them about it before you sell it. It should be quite valuable. First link below is to a teapot on ebay that the seller has identified as 'Blue Fluted FULL Lace'.

    Second link is to Royal Copenhagen webpage. See the HALF lace pattern.

    Third link is to a site with old pottery marks. I can't see your hallmark well, but you can surely ask Royal Copenhagen about it. There might be more Royal Copenhagen marks if you don't find your mark in this link.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I've seen reference to its being re-issued in 2008. It's called Ruby Red Full Lace and dates back to 1888 a design by Arnold Krog.

    Try again with photos of the backstamp but some very general information on the marks is available here:

    "The warm glow is achieved through the addition of gold.

    Ruby Red Full Lace is hand-painted using a 200-year-old, time-honored process that involves first drawing the design freehand with a very thin pen, and then painting with a tiny brush.

    The overglaze is achieved by painting colors on top of the glaze, after the piece has been fired for a second time. After applying the overglaze color, the porcelain is fired again several times at about 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. All overglaze colors also have metallic compounds, like the gold in Ruby Red. Overglaze decorations are delicate and should not be placed in the dishwasher."
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, Vetraio. I can see the pattern on the saucers best of all, and they are half lace, rather than full lace, I think. Are you basing the full lace judment on the pot? So glad to see the proper name for this colorway, and the history and marks! Thanks!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    No, you are right miKKo, the cups are definitely half lace.
    So, Ruby Red Fluted Half Lace tea cups and saucers.
    I'd really like to know what that is in Danish.
    "den Kongelige Porcelænsfabrik" is the company.
    "Musselmalet Halvblonde" is the pattern of the cups and saucers.
    "Kop & underkop 20 cl, te"

    But interestingly the teapot is different!
    It's from the Full Lace series!
    Helblonde not Halvblonde!
    It is Musselmalet Helblonde Tekande 100 cl!

    My interest is piqued and not peaked!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Oh I should have put this in to check:
  6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, Vetraio! Yes, I deliberately didn't commit to the teapot pattern. I noticed that in current production, this shape appears online only in full lace pattern. REF the full lace and half lace dinner plates: I note both more blue design elements in full lace than in half lace, and also the presence of a reticulated border. In half lace, the reticulation might be suggested by paint, but the porcelain doesn’t appear to be perforated. Two questions. The resolution on this laptop is not excellent, and although my glasses correct my vision to 20-20, I cannot tell if the collar of the teapot lid shelf is fully reticulated, as in the full lace dinner plate, or rather 'suggested-reticulated' by relief molding in the half lace plate. If this form of teapot has always been distinct to the full lace, then this will be full lace. If not, then there might be a half-lace pot of this shape. I think that perhaps reticulation or a relief-semblance of reticulation in the collar might be a significant factor in determining the pattern name, if this shape was made in both full and half lace.

    Did you notice the use of "blonde" for "lace"? Blonde is a type of lace. Interesting that the Danish word for lace in general appears to be "blonde". First link below is to an article on the type of lace generally referred to as "Blonde", and the second link is to a general article on lace.

  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Sorry, it's late. I better sign off. I meant to indicate that to my eye, in the dinner plate, the half lace border appears to suggest reticulation by means of relief moulding and paint, whereas the full lace border appears to be properly reticulated. Thanks to Rain_bow_r for posting this gorgeous tea service!, and to Vetraio for bringing home the bacon and piquing our interest! Goodnight all!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Nice! Bobbin lace? Unbleached chinese silk? Knipling.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I'm interested to see that mark.
  10. Aimathena Aimathena, 4 years ago
    Gorgeous!!! So beautiful, love the photos as well.
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago

    Love it still!

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