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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates

Find the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1908-2023 below. Almost all years in stock. High quality, fast and safe worldwide delivery.

The old blue china christmas wall plates are all made from high quality porcelain and are safe to be used for serving. They are also both dishwasher and microwave safe! Also check the matching Christmas cups.

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Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -5%
Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal ...
USD 3,750.34
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Item no: RX1908 Year: 1908 Measurement: Ø: 16 cm
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Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 2. quality (see photo) -32%
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USD 2,472.57
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Item no: RX1908-2 Year: 1908 Measurement: Ø: 16 cm
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Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate with defect (see photo)
Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate with defect (see photo)
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Madonna with the Child 1908, Royal ...
USD 1,149.73
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Item no: RX1908-F1 Year: 1908 Measurement: Ø: 16 cm
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Snow landscape 1909, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Snow landscape 1909, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Snow landscape 1909, Royal Cope...
USD 111.94
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Item no: RX1909 Year: 1909 Measurement: Ø: 16 cm
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The Three Wise Men 1910, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -22%
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USD 106.19
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Item no: RX1910 Year: 1910 Measurement: Ø: 16 cm
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Wooden fence with sheaf of corn 1911, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -23%
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USD 106.19
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Item no: RX1911 Year: 1911 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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An old couple at a table with a small Christmas tree 1912, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -37%
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USD 143.64
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Item no: RX1912 Year: 1912 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The tower and spire on the Marble Church in Copenhagen 1913, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -30%
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USD 85.63
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Item no: RX1913 Year: 1913 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Sparrows in a tree in front of a lit church window 1914, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -37%
Sparrows in a tree in front of a lit chu...
USD 102.95
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Item no: RX1914 Year: 1914 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Snow covered landscape with spruce, sledge and church 1915, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -27%
Snow covered landscape with sp...
USD 124.38
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Item no: RX1915 Year: 1915 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Angel and shepherd 1916, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -23%
Angel and shepherd 1916, Ro...
USD 65.64
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Item no: RX1916 Year: 1916 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Church of Our Saviour 1917, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -44%
The Church of Our Saviour 1917, Roya...
USD 56.15
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Item no: RX1917 Year: 1917 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Shepherds in a meadow on Christmas night 1918, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Shepherds in a meadow on Christmas night 1918, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Shepherds in a meadow on Christ...
USD 84.40
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Item no: RX1918 Year: 1918 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Birds in snow covered garden 1919, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -31%
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USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1919 Year: 1919 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus 1920, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
The Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus 1920, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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USD 56.94
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Item no: RX1920 Year: 1920 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Old houses on the town square 1921, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Old houses on the town square 1921, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Old houses on the town square 1921, ...
USD 45.44
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Item no: RX1921 Year: 1921 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Angels singing 1922, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -13%
Angels singing 1922, Royal Cope...
USD 49.39
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Item no: RX1922 Year: 1922 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Snow covered landscape with church 1923, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -25%
Snow covered landscape with ch...
USD 39.40
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Item no: RX1923 Year: 1923 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Schooner at sea Christmas night 1924, Royal Copenhagen Christmas platee -25%
Schooner at sea Christmas night 1...
USD 63.12
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Item no: RX1924 Year: 1924 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Old houses in Copenhagen Harbour 1925, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Old houses in Copenhagen Harbour 1925, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Old houses in Copenhagen Harb...
USD 61.90
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Item no: RX1925 Year: 1925 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Old warehouses on Canal in Copenhagen 1926, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -14%
Old warehouses on Canal in Copenha...
USD 51.62
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Item no: RX1926 Year: 1926 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Helmsman on Christmas night 1927, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -24%
Helmsman on Christmas night 1...
USD 86.92
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Item no: RX1927 Year: 1927 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Reverend on his way to church 1928, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -29%
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USD 61.90
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Item no: RX1928 Year: 1928 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Tower of the Grundtvig Church 1929, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -35%
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USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1929 Year: 1929 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Fishing vessels on their way 
to harbour 1930, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -27%
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USD 59.89
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Item no: RX1930 Year: 1930 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Children by the Christmas tree 1931, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -29%
Children by the Christmas tree 19...
USD 86.92
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Item no: RX1931 Year: 1931 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The statue of King Frederik VI 1932, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -33%
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USD 61.11
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Item no: RX1932 Year: 1932 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The ferry Odin outside Nyborg harbour 1933, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -38%
The ferry Odin outside Nyborg h...
USD 86.92
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Item no: RX1933 Year: 1933 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Copenhagen deer park with herimitage 1934, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -19%
Copenhagen deer park with herimita...
USD 124.38
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Item no: RX1934 Year: 1934 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Fishing boat south of Kronborg Castle 1935, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -31%
Fishing boat south of Kronborg Castl...
USD 161.90
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Item no: RX1935 Year: 1935 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The cathedral in Roskilde 1936, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -29%
The cathedral in Roskilde 1936, Ro...
USD 224.45
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Item no: RX1936 Year: 1936 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Shopping street in Copenhagen 1937, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -39%
Shopping street in Copenhagen 1937...
USD 236.96
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Item no: RX1937 Year: 1937 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Oesterlars church on Bornholm 1938, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -10%
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USD 349.48
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Item no: RX1938 Year: 1938 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Ship in sea ice near Greenland 1939, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -14%
Ship in sea ice near Greenland 1939, R...
USD 361.99
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Item no: RX1939 Year: 1939 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Shepherd in a desert landscape 1940, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -14%
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USD 374.49
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Item no: RX1940 Year: 1940 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Noerre Herlev church,
 Frederiksborg amt 1941, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -10%
Noerre Herlev church, ...
USD 449.48
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Item no: RX1941 Year: 1941 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Flight to Egypt 1943, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -16%
The Flight to Egypt 1943, Royal Cope...
USD 474.50
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Item no: RX1943 Year: 1943 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Snowy landscape 
with church 1944, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -10%
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USD 299.44
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Item no: RX1944 Year: 1944 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Angel and Christmas Rose, 1945 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Angel and Christmas Rose, 1945 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Angel and Christmas Rose, 1...
USD 499.52
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Item no: RX1945 Year: 1945 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The church in Farum 1946, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -23%
The church in Farum 1946, Roya...
USD 149.40
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Item no: RX1946 Year: 1946 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The good shepherd 1947, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -28%
The good shepherd 1947, Royal Copen...
USD 224.45
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Item no: RX1947 Year: 1947 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The church in Noddebo,
 Frederiksborg county 1948, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
The church in Noddebo,
 Frederiksborg county 1948, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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The church in Noddebo, ...
USD 111.94
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Item no: RX1948 Year: 1948 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Cathedral of Copenhagen
 1949, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
The Cathedral of Copenhagen
 1949, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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USD 99.43
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Item no: RX1949 Year: 1949 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The church
 at Boeslunde, Soro County 1950, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
The church
 at Boeslunde, Soro County 1950, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
-43%
The church at Boeslunde, Sor...
USD 74.41
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Item no: RX1950 Year: 1950 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Christmas Angel 1951, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -24%
Christmas Angel 1951, Royal Copen...
USD 199.43
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Item no: RX1951 Year: 1951 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Feeder in the Deergarden 
outside Copenhagen 1952, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -45%
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USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1952 Year: 1952 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Frederiksborg Castle in Hilleroed 1953, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -29%
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USD 74.41
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Item no: RX1953 Year: 1953 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Amalienborg Palace with the equestrian of 
King Frederik V 1954, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Amalienborg Palace with the equestrian of 
King Frederik V 1954, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Amalienborg Palace with the eq...
USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1954 Year: 1954 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Small Fano girl in local 
costume
 feeding birds 1955, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Small Fano girl in local 
costume
 feeding birds 1955, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Small Fano girl in local ...
USD 70.67
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Item no: RX1955 Year: 1955 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen 1956, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen 1956, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen 19...
USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1956 Year: 1956 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Shepherd with his herd 1957, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -25%
Shepherd with his herd 1957, Royal C...
USD 93.68
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Item no: RX1957 Year: 1957 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Scenery from Greenland 1958, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -18%
Scenery from Greenland 1958, R...
USD 111.94
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Item no: RX1958 Year: 1958 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Angel playing for the 
animals in the forest 1959, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -28%
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USD 99.43
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Item no: RX1959 Year: 1959 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Stag in the forest 1960, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -21%
Stag in the forest 1960, Royal Cope...
USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1960 Year: 1960 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The training ship Danmark 1961, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -28%
The training ship Danmark 1961, Ro...
USD 48.89
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Item no: RX1961 Year: 1961 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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The Little Mermaid 1962, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -35%
The Little Mermaid 1962, Royal Cope...
USD 68.66
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Item no: RX1962 Year: 1962 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Old windmill in 
snow covered landscape 1963, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -46%
Old windmill in snow covered lan...
USD 17.11
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Item no: RX1963 Year: 1963 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Sledge in 
snowy landscape 1964, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -57%
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USD 11.36
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Item no: RX1964 Year: 1964 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Children ice skating 1965, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate -46%
Children ice skating 1965, Royal Cope...
USD 11.36
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Item no: RX1965 Year: 1965 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Blackbird by the church 1966, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
Blackbird by the church 1966, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate
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Blackbird by the church 1966, Roya...
USD 08.63
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Item no: RX1966 Year: 1966 Measurement: Ø: 18 cm
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Royal Christmas plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates 1908-2023

Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates - Danish Blue Porcelain Christmas Plates as Wall decoration

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates - Danish Blue Christmas Plates as Wall decoration

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates


Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates are some of the most famous blue Christmas wall plates and collectibles in the world.

Christmas Plate Royal CopenhagenThe first Royal Copenhagen Christmas wall plate was issued in a tiny edition in 1908 to test the interest. The Christmas plate was warmly received and since thena Christmas plate have continuously been produced every year. The Royal Christmas plates are distinctive, because of their famous blue and recognizable spruce branch, which surrounds the motif of all Christmas plates almost from the beginning.

The spruce edge, as we know it from Christmas plates today, have been the same on all of the decorative Christmas wall plates since 1941, but experiments with edges have been done much earlier. Already on the Christmas plate from 1909, there is an edge consisting of summer flowers and angels. In 1911, we have a real spruce branches with cones and in 1915 we see the edge as it looks today.

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1941Actually there was experimentation with different edges up through the 1920's and in the 1930's the edge takes more and more shape, and in 1941 we have the same edge as the one we know today.

In the 1960's and 1970's there were Royal Christmas wall plates in almost every Danish home. Either as decoration on the walls or savings in the attic. Unfortunately the interest in the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates decreased in the following years and these years does not have the same high commercial value as some of the others.

In 1987 the Royal Porcelain Factory merged with Bing & Grondahl porcelain factory and thus arose the name Royal Copenhagen in Denmark. Abroad the Royal Danish Christmas wall plates have always been known as Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates.

Today the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates are also used as dishes for Christmas parties, dessert plates for rice pudding or cake plates for your festivities. The Christmas plates are of course still hung up on the wall, as they have always been, but today they have multiple uses. If you cover your Christmas table with a white, red or blue tablecloth the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates fit beautifully. Along with white porcelain, they provide a beautiful contrast to the main tableware and is a beautiful reminder of tradition and Christmas through the ages, which has been a central part of our consciousness around Christmas.

The Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates started later than Bing and Grondahl's, but they are more famous around the world today. The plates are perfect decorations for both wall and table and with these old blue Christmas plates you can be sure to set a Christmas table that will amaze and amuse your friends. If you serve on the plate the motif will slowly emerge as the food is eaten revealing the wonderful image below in a slow fashion piece by piece giving the whole seance and extra dimension. This is especially true, if you have a set of plates with different images on them. Then every guest will have his or her own unique motif, when finished eating and if combined with the Christmas cups and saucers the whole thing could get an extra dimension. If there are to be played any games the serving of the food directly on the plate with the motif hidden and not matched to the cup and saucer makes for a great way of pairing of in groups, where the person with the plate motif is matched to the one with the cup motif.

Royal Copenhagen Denmark Christmas plates - Danish Blue Porcelain plates Denmark

In combination with the Royal Copenhagen Christmas cups, you can set a unique coffee table. In 1979 Royal Copenhagen started the tradition of making a Christmas cup and saucer with the same motif as the Christmas plate of the year. It gives you the possibility of setting a coffee table with the Royal Copenhagen Christmas Service, together with a coffee pot, sugar bowl, creamer and candlesticks.

Royal Copenhagen Christmas Table 2013:
Make a beautiful Christmas table with the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates as cake plate, and the RC Christmas cups:

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The very first Royal Christmas plate from 1908 shows Mary with the child and was designed by the great contemporary artist Chr. Thomsen. At the beginning the designers of the Christmas plates varied from year to year, but one of the designers among the first Christmas plates is Oluf Jensen. Since the mid-1960's Kaj Lange was a steady designer of the blue Christmas plates. In 1986, Sven Vestergaard took over and he designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates until 2015.

Remember that Christmas plates can be used for serving food!

The blue Danish Christmas plates are decorated under the glazing, which means that they can be used for serving food and to eat from. This makes it possible to set a table with the many different motifs that have been produced through the years. This is a exellent way to use these old plates and makes it possible to set a table, where every plate is different.

Royal Copenhagen juleplatter og julekopper - Smukt Royal Copenhagen julestel

The history of the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates

Royal Copenhagen's first Christmas plate was released in 1908, 13 years after the first porcelain Christmas plate was produced by Bing & Grondahl.

Philip Schou engaged the very skilled Chemist Adolph Clement in 1883 and later, in 1885, the Architect Arnold Krogh, who became the manager of Royal Copenhagen. These two developed and refined the underglaze technique in such a way that Royal Copenhagen was able to release its first Christmas plate in the characteristic blue nuances in 1908.

Royal Copenhagen's first Christmas plate was only produced in 1908, and the tradition of only producing the Christmas plate in the year of its release has been followed ever since. The mould for each year's Christmas plate is destroyed, when the year comes to an end, and the plate can never be reproduced. This fact has made Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates from some years scarce, and especially the 1908 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, which was produced in a very limited number as Royal Copenhagen had no way of anticipating the success of the Christmas plate, is in very high demand by collectors all over the world.

The Royal Copenhagen 1908 Christmas plate is titled Madonna with Child. Christian Thomsen designed this first Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate in the well known blue nuances. The following years, Royal Copenhagen engaged a number of very talented designers to add their contribution to the motif of the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate. The Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate motifs have varied throughout the years, but as a whole, they have caught the "Danish soul" and the cultural heritage from which it has sprung. Starting with the Christian tradition on which most Danes built their lives in 1908, Christmas traditions, the Danish winter landscape, the ships sailing in Danish waters, the beautiful old Danish churches such as the Grundtvig Church, the round churches of Bornholm to very old houses in Aabenraa. Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plate offers one description of Denmark, from whence the Christmas plates originate.

As before Royal Copenhagen engaged a number of very talented designers to give their contribution to the motif of the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate. The first Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates from 1941-1945 were only produced in very limited numbers, due to lack of firewood etc. during the war. The Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate had previous only been a decorative plate sold to the better middle classes, but in the 1960’s, because of fast growing wealth in the northern part of Europe, ordinary people started to buy Christmas plates. Soon it became a collectible, which was to be found in almost all Danish homes. Those people who bought Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates soon experienced the demand for the Christmas plates rising considerably, and therefore the value of Royal Christmas plates boomed. Soon the decorative plates were not only decorative collectibles, but also an object of investment.

Gradually while the sale and demand for Christmas plates found a more reasonable level, the interest in investing in Christmas plates eased off and the plates were again produced and purchased as decorative porcelain plates.

Because of the increase of quantity of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates produced in the 1970’s, there is a large supply of these years, while the plates from the middle of the 1980s and forth were only made in much smaller quantities and therefore some of these years are very difficult to find.

The 100th year of Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plate in 2008 was celebrated with a view of the Danish capital and the evocative theme: "Christmas in Copenhagen". Sven Vestergaard has decorated the 2008 Christmas Plate with his interpretation of the most beautiful towers of the Danish capital: the Stock Exchange, City Hall, the Round Tower, Christiansborg Palace, the Church of Our Lady, Our Saviour's Church and the Marble Church. Svend Vestergaard has been one of the designers behind Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plates since 1985, and with these characteristic towers and spires, he illustrates the unique landmarks of a city studded with truly rich architecture. The Copenhagen towers motif draws a direct parallel to earlier plate motifs; Our Saviour's Church appeared as a separate motif in 1917 and the Church of Our Lady in 1949. In front of the plate's towers, the artist has drawn a bouquet of flowering Christmas roses, inspired by the wonderful story about a poor girl, who wanted to bring flowers to manger of Christ. As she had no money, she wept so much that Christmas roses began to grow where her tears fell to the earth. Behind the towers we see the radiance that lights up "Christmas in Copenhagen". This is a fond reference to the first Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate, which was created a hundred years ago. On the 1908 plate the artist illuminated the Madonna and Child with the same radiance.

The Christmas plates remarkable journey

From the early 20th Century until today, where the plate has become a popular collector's item. The lovely wall decoration has made a long and remarkable journey. At the Nordic Exhibition of 1888 Royal Copenhagen (then known as the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufacturer) displayed a series of plates with the factory's three familiar waves and a royal crown all painted in blue. The plates were intended as advertising for the factory, and they made quite a stir with the public. Crown Princess Louise was so taken with them that she immediately bought one and rumors of the royal purchase spread like wildfire, with the result that people were soon queuing up to buy plates. The plates were incredibly modern and different. In an age when everything was decorated with curlicues and gold, the simplicity and restrained colour palette of the plates were something quite new. It was 20 years before the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate was born as a collectible, however by then a rival porcelain factory Bing & Grondahl had been batch producing plates since 1895. In the beginning, the motifs were selected on the basis of a contest among the factory's porcelain painters, which resulted in great variation in expressions. Later, artists took turn to supply the motifs, which were often based on various events in Denmark. One of the most well known plate motifs is the kneeling angle on the plate from 1945. At the time, the angel's prayer without a doubt symbolised gratitude for the end of the war and liberation of Denmark. Famous Danish landmarks including the Training Ship Danmark, the Little Mermaid, Tivoli’s Pantomime Theatre and Hans Christian Andersen's House, have also been featured on the plates. Hans Christian Andersen's House provided the motif for the plate in 2005, when the author's bicentenary was celebrated all over the world.

100 years of production unchanged

At Royal Copenhagen's factory outside Copenhagen, the plates are made in the same way as over a hundred years ago. The first plates of this type dates all the way back to 1895. The production of the plate of the year starts with the artist, who draws the motif. The artist's drawing goes to the model shop, where it is transferred to a plaster model freehand. Creating shadows and nuances of colour by scratching the lines of the drawing in relief on the white plaster demands great skill and accuracy. Once the original model has been cut from the drawing, copies are made of it. These moulds can only be used 30-50 times, so new ones have to be made constantly. Then the plate itself is moulded by pressing the porcelain paste down over the mould, on which the motif appears in relief. The delicate shades of blue that give the plate their character are produced by combining traditional porcelain painting with a special spray technique. The colour is sprayed on carefully in several thin coats and then partly brushed off again. This technique creates a special effect that makes it possible to produce fine shades and nuances. From under a transparent coating of clear glaze the colour shines out with a vibrancy all of its own. This technique is still recognised today as being typical of Royal Copenhagen's plates.

The 100th anniversary of Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plate was celebrated in 2008 with festivities and events in Denmark, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Italy and the United States. For this occasion, Royal Copenhagen produced an exclusive silk scarf showing 26 of the last 100 years of plate motifs. The gorgeous scarf in shades of blue was on sale in select stores in Europe and Asia. No other Christmas plate collection in the world can rival the long and wonderful history of Danish Christmas plates. Right up to the present day, every single year has seen the launch of a plate with changing motifs taken from Denmark's countryside, history and traditions.

Only two artists have designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates from 1980-2008, namely Kaj Lange and Sven Vestergaard. Sven Vestergaard designed the 2008 Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate. He has many years of experience designing for Royal Copenhagen.

Employed at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory as an overglaze painter, 1952-59.

Designer of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory's Centenary Bowl, 1975.

Designer of Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plates, 1985-2015.

Own studio, working on a freelance basis for Royal Copenhagen, 1989-.

An early start....

At the age of 16 Sven Vestergaard was employed at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory as an apprentice in the overglaze department. The effect of this decision is still evident in his meticulous attention to minute detail and the subtleties of the porcelain medium.

In 1959 Sven left the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory and started working as illustrator at various Danish advertising agencies as well as Berlingske Tidende - Denmark's oldest newspaper.

...and a happy return

When the position as draughtsman in the factory's design studio became vacant in 1975, Sven Vestergaard, who had never lost his love for porcelain, was happy to return and develop his talents as an artist. That same year Sven Vestergaard's artwork was chosen for the Christmas plate, "Danish Watermill", his first Christmas plate in a series of many.

In 1985 he became designer of Royal Copenhagen's Christmas plates and in 1989 he got his own studio, working on a freelance basis for Royal Copenhagen.

Below you will find an overview of the different designers of the Christmas plates:

Christian Thomsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1908, 1910 and 1912

Stephan Ussing has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1909

Oluf Jensen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1911, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1929, 1932 and 1934

Arthur Boesen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1913 and 1914

Arnold Krog has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1915

Richard Bøcher has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1916, 1926, 1936, 1945 and 1951

Gotfred Rode has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1920, 1928 and 1931

Ellinor Selchau has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1922

Chr. Benjamin-Olsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1924, 1927, 1930, 1933 and 1935

Niels Thorsson (Nils Thorson) has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1937, 1942, 1943 and 1946

Herne Nielsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1938

Sv. Nicolai Nielsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1939

Kaj Lange has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1940, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 ,1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985

Theodor Kjølner has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1941, 1948 and 1953

Viggo Olsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1944 and 1950

Hans Henrik Hansen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960

Sven Vestergaard has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 1976, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Allan Therkelsen has designed the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates

Facts about Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates:

When was the first Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate issued?

The first Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate was issued in 1908.

Are there variations of the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates?

Yes, over the years a number of plates have been issued with text in German, French and other languages than Danish.

Which artist has designed the most Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates?

The artist behind the largest number of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates is Sven Vestergaard.

Which are the rarest Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates?

The rarest Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate is the first plate from 1908. Other rare plates include the years between 1940 and 1945 during the war.