Blue is the colour of love, symbolizing fidelity and secrecy. It is a colour coveted by royals, loved by poets, desired by artists. Blue has innumerable shades and nuances. And for centuries, the purest blue, ultramarine, has been used for the hand-painted decorations of Royal Copenhagen porcelain.
Originally, the Royal Danish Porcelain Factory found the unique cobalt blue colour of its hand-painted decorations in Norway, where an accidental discovery of cobalt led to the establishment of The Royal Blue Colour Factory in 1776.
Obtaining the right shade of blue is a fine art of mixing water with cobalt, and every blue painter knows exactly how to obtain the various hues of blue used in Royal Copenhagen’s patterns.
Royal Copenhagen’s blue colour pigment is called ‘cobalt zinc silicate’ and it is the only colour that can withstand the high temperature of approx 1400ºC at
which the royal porcelain is fired at.
Though the hand-painted blue decorations of Royal Copenhagen may seem identical at first glance, every blue painter’s brushstrokes are different, making the cobalt adorned porcelain of Royal Copenhagen truly unique.