A porcelain cow fits nicely along with a collection of porcelain figurines of people in agriculture clothes. The black/white cow is the most common dairy cow in Denmark today and it is also this race, of which there are manufactured most porcelain figurines. Today there are several different breeds of cattle in Denmark, but many of them were not very common at the time the production of porcelain cows from Bing & Grondahl and Royal Copenhagen was at its peak.
Today the horse is basically only used for personal purposes and for most horse breeds, the focus is on riding characteristics. At the time, B&G and Royal Copenhagen produced porcelain horses, the horses were more used as working horses. Today many are fascinated by the splendid working horses, but the necessity of working horses now no longer exists.
The symbolic meaning of the cow and the horse
The horse is described with huge power but also great caution toward its surroundings. The great personal power of the horse is physical but not to forget spiritual as well. Furthermore the horse is described with words as speed, grace, perseverance, loyalty and magnanimity.
The cow symbolises mother earth and the richness of our earth. The cow is seen as a positive and good-natured animal. According to an old hindu tradition from India the cow is a holy symbol.
The cow and the horse have through history had both a big physical and symbolic impact on the life of humans. See the many beautiful figurines of horses and cows from marks as Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl.