Bing & Grondahl Plates with Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales
B&G has made two series of porcelain plates with similar motifs from Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. One series is made in overglaze decoration with colour, while the other has black/white motifs under the glaze. The coloured B&G plates have a beautiful laced edge, surrounded by a discreet gold rim. The black/white plates has a common border with a black line that surround the motif. The plates are designed by William Petersen.
Hans Christian Andersen was a masterful storyteller and his fairytales are so well known in Denmark and abroad that we only need to look at the motif, to recognize the fairytale. There is no doubt that the plates with the extraordinarily high bed, as the princess is about to climb into, symbolizing the story of the Princess on the Pea, and there is no doubt that the plate with the nearly naked man is representing the Emperor's New Clothes.
In 1975, on the anniversary of the death of Hans Christian Andersen, Bing & Grondahl released a beautiful commemorative plate with Hans Christian Andersen in the centre and motifs from some of his most famous fairy tales around the edge.