Small and large Annual Mugs from Royal Copenhagen
The first Annual mug from Royal Copenhagen was published in 1967 and the last in 2014.
Royal Copenhagen small annual mugs are, in contrast to the large annual mugs, more suitable for use as drinking cups. They have a good size for a cup of coffee or tea and brings extra life to the table. They can of course be washed in the dishwasher, so they are easy to clean and use again and again.
Royal Copenhagen large annual mug has a silver plate on the bottom where you can engrave for instance company name, the name of the person who celebrates his/her anniversary, date of appointment or date of the anniversary. The large Annual mugs from Royal Copenhagen are useful for many things, they are great as pen holders on the desktop or flower pot and they can of course easily stand in a glass cabinet for decoration.
The large and small Annual mugs are exactly alike in design, but the artist changes from year to year, so they bear no resemblance to each other. In the early years there were a few artists who designed two annual mugs, but the last several years, the designer has been new each year. The first annual mugs were produced in faience and the artists of the first annual mugs were some of the artists who made their big mark on contemporary popular faience art. Thus Nils Thorsson was the designer of the first Annual mugs of 1967 and Ellen Malmer was the designer of the mugs from 1968. Later the material changed from faience to porcelain and the motifs became more colourful and abstract.
In the beginning the year was an important part of the motif, but today it is not nearly as prominent, although it can of course still be seen on the mugs. The artist chooses where he or she will place the year and therefore there is big difference from year to year.