Royal Vases and Jars
Over the years Royal Copenhagen has issued many vases for both large and small flower bouquets. Some models have been in production for a long period, and other were only produced in a short period. This means that some Royal Copenhagen vases are more common than others. Some motifs are also more sought after than others, for example marine motifs with ships are popular among collectors. Today most of the vases are no longer in production and only a few are still produced.
The variation of Royal Copenhagen vases is quite large, but the most common overall look is the wellknown blue and white colours as the base colours of the vase, on which a more specific motif is painted. This blue and white colouring is the basis of the majority of Royal Copenhagen's vases and there is variation in whether the light blue colour is on the upper or lower part of the vase. Furthermore there are a number of different shapes of the individual vases with this basic colour scheme and then comes the differing motifs painted on the vases.
The shape of the vases vary greatly and they can thus be used very differently. There are small vases for the small flower bouquet and large vases for the flower arrangements. There are vases with a narrow neck, which expands down into the body of the vase and upwards so the flowers can spread out at the top, but are held fast around the stalks. There are vases with a narrow neck for the single flower and very large vases for the biggest bouquets. Vases without a neck can hold many flower put in layers above each other in a large arrangement, because of the lack of a narrow neck, while thin necked vases can hold relatively more water for the flowers for which there is room. Vases can also be had with much variation in height from the tall narrow vases to small and thick vases. There are broad vases with large inner volume and slim vases that hold only a single flower.
Many of the vases of Royal Copenhagen are antiquities today and many vases are hard to find. These antique vases will be priced higher than vases that are more readily available. If you are interested in such an antique vase it will often be harder to find and you will most likely need to be on a list to get it.
Royal Copenhagen has produced a number of vases for special occasions. There are of cause the Christmas vases produced for the individual years. These vases vary greatly in shape as well as motif each year in contrast to the Christmas plates, which only changes the motif, while the shape remains. A less well known occasion for production of vases are the many "Rundskue" vases that Royal Copenhagen issued for the trade fairs of Copenhagen. These vases often have motifs of sights in Copenhagen and show a great variation in style and shape over the years.
The motifs on the vases are the dominant variation of the Royal Copenhagen vases. One of the primary and most used motifs is flowers decoratively painted on the light blue and white background. Common flower motifs could be dandelion, blackberry vine, tulips and wild roses. On more modern vases you can also find motifs like crocus, viol and anemone. Of more resent design and with a more unique shape is the hydrangea vase.
Another favoured motif for the vases are sights in Denmark. This stretches from various monumental buildings like the Little Belt Bridge to nature and local uniqueness like the Fanoe girls and Greenlandic motifs. The motifs cover locations from across the country like the House of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense, The Sanded Up Church, Kronborg Castle, The Hills of Rebild and Dybboel Mill. Furthermore there are vases with birdmotifs and vases with more generic landscapes like cottage at the beach, pinetrees, willows and roads with houses.
Among collectors of Royal Copenhagen vases the maritime motifs are particularly popular. These vases highlight the proud maritime traditions of Denmark with motifs like the Training Ship Georg Stage, sailboats, and sailships. The marine motifs are predominantly focused of sailships on the three Danish belts, which also forms the basis for the three waves of Royal Copenhagen.
Royal Copenhagen has also made in other variations than the blue and white vases that make up the majority of the vases. For instance there is the beautiful Hecht vase with gold. Additionally there are fairytale themes like The Flying Trunk. In a more modern style there are vases with a more forceful blue colour and strong flower motifs, which fit into the more minimalistic modern home. A vase that is both different and traditional is the vase with the Blue Flower motif. This design is timeless and works well in any setting as it does not require a certain style in the room.
Royal Copenhagen vases thus offer many opportunities to just about any need and even have different styles making for many possibilities for both the traditional and modern home.