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Creations by Chr. Benjamin Olsen

Chr. Benjamin Olsen (1873-1935) was one of the great marine painters.

According to the Christian Benjamin Olsen Fund - Ch. Benjamin was born in Odense. He was a painter apprentice in Svendborg and was self-educated from 1893 and became a marine painter in Copenhagen with guidance and support from Chr. Blache.

The marine painter Chr. Benjamin Olsen

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1926, Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, FOLKETS GAMLE MINDER FOLKET SAMMEN 
BINDER ( A nation's history tie its people to each other)
1926, Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, FOLKETS GAMLE MINDER FOLKET SAMMEN 
BINDER ( A nation's history tie its people to each other)
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1926, Royal Copenhagen Me...
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Item no: RNR245 Year: 1926 Measurement: Ø: 21 cm
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1849-1914 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate , Helgoland Plate
1849-1914 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate , Helgoland Plate
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1849-1914 Royal Copenhagen Me...
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Item no: RNR150 Year: 1914 Measurement: Ø: 20 cm
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Fishing boat south of Kronborg Castle 1935, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -47%
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Item no: RX1935 Year: 1935 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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1867-1917 Memorial plate, i. ARTBATL. KYSTARTRGMT
1867-1917 Memorial plate, i. ARTBATL. KYSTARTRGMT
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Item no: RNR171 Year: 1917 Measurement: Ø: 21 cm
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Plate with the lightship "Royal Sovereign" and Cruiser Hejmdal, Royal Copenhagen UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 4.11.1929
Plate with the lightship "Royal Sovereign" and Cruiser Hejmdal, Royal Copenhagen UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 4.11.1929
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Plate with the lightship "Royal S...
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Item no: DV3163 Year: 1929 Measurement: Ø: 41 cm
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Plate with sailing ships Royal Copenhagen "Hans Egedes Skibe ved Grønland" UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 30/51 1921
Plate with sailing ships Royal Copenhagen "Hans Egedes Skibe ved Grønland" UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 30/51 1921
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Plate with sailing ships Royal Cope...
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Item no: DV3165 Year: 1921 Measurement: Ø: 41 cm
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1918 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, HANDELS OG SØFARTSMUSEET PAA KRONBORG
1918 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, HANDELS OG SØFARTSMUSEET PAA KRONBORG
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1918 Royal Copenhagen Me...
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Item no: RNR176 Year: 1918 Measurement: Ø: 21 cm
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1721-1921 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate , Hans Egede Mission to Greenland -38%
1721-1921 Royal Copenhagen Me...
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Item no: RNR201 Year: 1921 Measurement: Ø: 23 cm
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Schooner at sea Christmas night 1924, Royal Copenhagen Christmas platee -37%
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Item no: RX1924 Year: 1924 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Helmsman on Christmas night 1927, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -35%
Helmsman on Christmas night 1...
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Item no: RX1927 Year: 1927 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Fishing vessels on their way 
to harbour 1930, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -42%
Fishing vessels on their way ...
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Item no: RX1930 Year: 1930 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The ferry Odin outside Nyborg harbour 1933, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -46%
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Item no: RX1933 Year: 1933 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Huge Vase with Royal Yacht Dannebrog, UNICA, (1922) Royal Copenhagen, Painted by Christian Benjamin Olsen
Huge Vase with Royal Yacht Dannebrog, UNICA, (1922) Royal Copenhagen, Painted by Christian Benjamin Olsen
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Huge Vase with Royal Yacht Dann...
USD 2838.06
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Item no: R1922-1791 Measurement: H: 50 cm
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1924 Christmas plate with German text
1924 Christmas plate with Germa...
USD 66.73
Item no: RX1924-W Year: 1924
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Oval vase with ship motif, Royal Copenhagen UNICA Signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 2.7. 1933
Oval vase with ship motif, Royal Copenhagen UNICA Signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 2.7. 1933
Oval vase with ship motif, Royal Cope...
Item no: DG4335 Measurement: H: 30 cm x W: 23 cm x D: 15 cm
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Plate with sailing ship, Royal Copenhagen UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 26/1 1928
Plate with sailing ship, Royal Copenhagen UNICA signed: Chr. Benjamin Olsen 26/1 1928
Plate with sailing ship, Royal Copen...
Item no: DV3164 Year: 1928 Measurement: Ø: 41 cm
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1921-1922 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate , Dana expedition
1921-1922 Royal Copenhagen Me...
Item no: RNR217 Year: 1922 Measurement: Ø: 20 cm
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1924 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, CRAYONS VIKING COPENHAGUE
1924 Royal Copenhagen Me...
Item no: RNR228 Year: 1924 Measurement: Ø: 23 cm
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1825-1925 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate MARSTAL HAVN 1825-1925
1825-1925 Royal Copenhagen Me...
Item no: RNR235 Year: 1925 Measurement: Ø: 21 cm
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1426-1926 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate, Helsingør plate
1426-1926 Royal Copenhagen Me...
Item no: RNR240 Year: 1926 Measurement: Ø: 21 cm
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He traveled with the Danish navy, and was among others with the King and Queen on the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland in 1921 and 1926, prompting a major influence on his naturalistic rendering of sky and sea and a solid portrayal of ships.

He painted numerous paintings of ships commissioned by various shipping services, while he mastered underglaze painting. From 1906 until his death he worked as a porcelain painter, first at Bing & Grondahl and from 1913 at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, where he became a main force in the period of naturalistic underglaze paintings.

Christian Benjamin Olsen has painted motifs for some of the famous Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates.

To the left you see the picture for the Christmas plate from 1924 and above the finished result.

Again here we have Christian Benjamin's drawing for the Royal porcelain factory Christmas plate 1927 and above how the finished platter was to look.

He also drew sketches for Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates from 1930, 1933 and 1935:

Christian Benjamin Olsen also drew sketches for a number of other plates, as shown below:



Seen here is the drawing for one of the rare royal memorial plaques, which appeared in 1925 at the Royal Porcelain Factory.

He also painted motifs for some very beautiful vases. Here is one of his sketches, and some Royal Copenhagen vases with marine motifs: