All motifs on the Desiree annual cups are inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and therefore many people also know the Old Copenhagen Blue cups as Hans Christian Andersen annual cups. They make for a lovely coffee set and with the jubilee plates from B&G and Royal Copenhagen you get a lovely coffee service.
Annual cups from the Porcelain factory Desiree - Svend Jensen - Old Copenhagen Blue
The first annual cup from Desiree was published in 1982 and shows, like the rest of the cups, a selection of the same motif as the year's Christmas plate.
Desiree Christmas Cups / Annual Cups from Desiree all with motifs from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.
From 1982 to 2001 the Danish Porcelain Factory Desiree - also known as Svend Jensen - produced a series of beautiful Christmas cups in the familiar blue color. The Annual Danish Design Cups is a supplement to the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plates and have the same motif.
These are the cups you need to complete your tableware of the Hans Christian Andersen plates. The cups and plates have the same motif for each year, when a cup was issued, so it is possible to have a matching cup, saucer and plate for these years. This is the perfect setting for having your tea and biscuits or coffee and cookie in a nice warm living room while the snow falls outside the windows. For the small get-together these cups are perfect for serving the tea and coffee giving the gathering that extra touch of cozyness and warmth that you get from unique cups filled with their very own aura and story. With the motifs on the cups you can tell the entire fairy tale from just the one image set in the calm blue tone of old blue porcelain.
Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Cups and Saucer from The Porcelain Manufacture Desiree -
The theme of all the Christmas plates and Christmas cups from the porcelain factory Desiree is Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, stories and his life in general. Each china Christmas Coffee Cup is showing the same decoration as the Christmas Plate from same year at one side and Hans Christian Andersen's silhouette, with the characteristic top hat, at the other side.
The first Christmas plate was released in 1970, but the first Christmas coffee cup was not released until 1982. The motif of this comes from the fairy tale Twelve by the Mail and displays the mail coach just before driving into the city. On the other cups we can recognize motifs from the fairy tales the Nightingale, the Bell, Thumbelina, Godfather's Picture Book and What fathers does is always right.
With the combination of the Desiree Christmas cups and plates you have the opportunity to make a trully great set of coffee and tea service, which will light up the table at Christmas. The plate and cup of each year has its own fairy tale to tell, which make it such a curious set for afternoon tea or coffee. The set can be used both during the year and at Christmas as the fairy tale motifs will work always as a wonderful statement. Also the possibility of combination is there as you can choose how to match fairy tales togehter on cup and plate. If you know the favorite tale of your guest, you can set up the cup and plate that matches his or her taste to await the moment of recognition. Also the cups and plates make for a wonderful gift for lovers of fairy tales.
The annual cups are available both with and without saucer and together with the Christmas wall plate they are a perfect coffee service. If you cover a festive Christmas table with a white tablecloth and the Desiree Svend Jensen annual cups, you tell a lot of Hans Christian Andersen's stories and also the proud tradition of the blue porcelain and china Denmark is famous for.