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Bing & Grondahl: History

The story of a brand that has ancient roots and that even today conquers many collectors around the world: Bing & Grondahl

Everything begins as far as 1775 with the foundation of the manufacture of Royal Copenhagen which initially brought the original name of Den Kongelige Porcelænsfabrik.

To found the company was Frantz Heinrich Müller who enjoyed the Protection of the Queen Mother Giuliana Maria di Brunswick-Lüneburg. The company is immediately distinguished by creating its trademark that were three overlapping wavy lines that are representing the three narrow sea in Denmark.

In recent years the whole of Europe was attracted and fascinated by Chinese porcelains, particular white and blue porcelain spread during the Ming and Qing dynasty. The Danes, however, did not have the raw materials necessary to create porcelain dishes, therefore, the company, saw forced to create alliances with foreign territories to obtain them.

Despite this, however, he saw himself forced to face several economic difficulties that led her to be detected by King Christian VII of Denmark by taking the name with which we know it today.

The initial porcelain carried out by the company were made almost entirely in cobalt blue and was very inspired by the Chinese style, only time brought the company to refine the reasons and to create its own succeedings to give its own identity to the various products in porcelain.

In 1849 the monarchy was abolished and therefore opened the free market in Denmark. The sculptor of the Frederik Vihelm Grøndal company decided to continue alone and to found a factory to which the brothers Meier Herman and Jacob Herman Bing are associated with both traders from Copenhagen.

The entire production focused on the creation of figures in bisquit porcelain made by the emerging artist of the Bertel Thorvaldsen era and was so that on April 19th of that same year binge Bing & Grøndahl.

In the following years there was the privatization of real manufactures and therefore also the Royal Copenhagen became private and was bought from the aluminum ceramics factory and its production moved to Frederiksberg.

The Grand Prix award wins during the Universal Paris Exhibition in 1889 giving them an international fame pushing to the opening of a first store outside Denmark and precisely in Paris. After a few years there was a new opening in London.

In 1895 the Bing & Grøndahl realized his first Christmas plate in porcelain with the year in relief and continued his realization year after year.

The Royal Copenhagen followed the example of the previous one and in 1908 his production began.

Both collections arrived up to us and in fact still today the companies launch their christmas dish, which has now become a collectible dish that fascinates hundreds of people around the world and that has won hundreds of collectors.

What makes these porcelain do so special?

To make special these dishes is the particular Danish realization technique called Underglaze which provides for the application of the enamel before cooking so as to avoid a second cooking of the porcelain. The technique allows you to give soft shades to the color that appears as a painting to the aquarel. There are also others the details that distinguish them as embossed decoration and light tunnels. Each dish that is launched year after year is different from the previous one and is a real piece.

Is there anything that distinguishes the two companies?

The two companies carry out two complementary but different collections, of facts let's see how they are composed:

Royal Copenhagen launches his plate every year which would then be the Christmas plate, flanked by a piece of the year which is a smaller dish, a baby plate, Santa Claus and Christmas tree.

Bing & Grøndahl instead launches a plate of the year which is also in this case the Christmas plate and the mum dish.


Where to buy them?

We at Casabella Milano We are official Italian retailers of both companies, so in our store you always have the opportunity to find the dishes of each collection updated from year to year. Each piece is boxed in original packaging with certified annex.

Our strengths are the quality of the service we offer to our customers, the security of relying on an official retailer, the assortment that is always complete and never scarce, and the speed of delivery for each purchase for these collectibles It is 2/3 working days from payment.

Relying to us means choosing to go without fail, we also offer a special service for collectors, we therefore invite you to contact us to get to know it better!

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