The 8th of August was in 1985 declared as the Children's Day in the United States and by this occasion Bing & Grondahl started the popular plate series. Every year a new plate is released in the series and you will find them all here! The motifs depicting children in activity - fishing, doing gardening, in Tivoli, in the process of painting, tea party, etc.
Bing & Grondahl Children's day plates
The Children's Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In Denmark we have no official date for celebrating the Children's Day, as we have it with Mother's Day (the second Sunday in May) and Father's Day (June 5). A large part of B&G Children's Day plates are designed by Sven Vestergaard, who is the artist behind many years of collectibles, also including many of the newer Christmas Plates from Royal Copenhagen.
Children's Day plates by Bing & Grondahl
The first years there were also published a figurine of the child depicted on the plate. Many know the charming figurine of Girl with milk and the white cat who drinks of the cup. The figurine looks like the girl on the Children's Day plate from 1985.
The same applies to the two children who are pictured on the Children's Day plate from 1986 who are confusingly similar to the Bing & Grondahl figurine of two children who are playing with a swing in the garden.
If a child has decided to do a particular thing, he or she usually goes to the task with determination and seriousness which will be a breeding ground for solutions later in life. The boy on the Children's Day plate from Bing & Grondahl 1987 has done a great job to learn how to approach the cultivation of a crop. The boy has carefully bound the plant to a support stake and made sure it has got a lot of water through its growth period. He is seen on the plate with a watering can in one hand and the guide in the other. Beside him is the dog and they can now both look at the successful plant. This is also depicted on the Children's Day figurine.
Many girls will as adults remember their "laundry day" where dolls clothes was washed in the sink and was subsequently hung out to dry on a branch in the garden. Washing Day is depicted on the Children's Day plate from 1988 where the girl has washed the clothes and brought the laundry basket into the garden, where she has started to hang up the clothes on the clothesline.
The Children's Day plate 1989 from B&G shows a girl who is about to say goodnight to the cat and go to bed with her teddy bear. She is dressed in a long nightgown with a nice warm bathrobe around her.
The motif of the Bing and Grondahl Children's Day plate from 1990, was a girl happily dancing around in her room. She has just got a new beautiful dress and shows it to teddy bears and dolls, while she watches herself in the mirror. 1990 was the last year a Children's Day figurine was published together with the plate. This figurine shows the girl with her beautiful blue dress, beautifully arranged hair and dancing shoes on her feet.
The designer of the B&G Children's Day plates, Sven Vestergaard, has managed to depict situations on the plates which most people can recognize. The motif from 1991, depicts a boy in the process of making sand castles using a bucket, which is turned upside down, and the girl on the plate from 1992 located in a lovely flower garden with a rabbit, are episodes that many adults look back on with pleasure.
Also today children try many of the same situations and the small fisherman's pride and joy, as shown on the Children's Day plate 1994, is of great joy for parents and a moment both child and parents will recall many times later in life with joy and warmth. The same applies to the child's first day at school, as depicted on Bing & Grondahl Children's Day plate 1995. It is an important day for the whole family when the child starts school and the day is associated with both excitement and nervousness. It is simultaneously both the end and the beginning of a new era in the child's life.
In 1998 we see the children's very early acquaintance with business life, as the small business persons anxiously await the day's first customer, with freshly picked flowers and fresh apples on the table - again a situation that most people know.
Children meet the world unprejudiced and inquisitive. This brings them in many different situations, all of which are helping to shape the child's future, both good and bad. Sven Vestergaard has portrayed countless everyday situations on his Children's Day plates, all of which are part of the child's development and provide memories for a lifetime.