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Royal Plate In 1790, the Danish king Christian VII ordered a dinner set decorated with images from the Flora Danica, a comprehensive botanical record of the native plants of Denmark, as a gift for the Russian Empress Catherine the Great.
Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain set, originally created by one of the greatest porcelain painters Johann Christoph Bayer in 1790, was commissioned by King Christian VII to the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory as a gift to Tsarina Catharine II of Russia. Catherine the Great died in 1796, before the design of the 1,802 pieces, which took a total of 12 years to bring to whole, was completed.
Flora Danica by Royal Copenhagen is truly the most prestigious dinner service in the world. For over 200 years, Flora Danica tableware has been hand crafted and painted with the most detailed and intricate floral designs. There are over 700 different wild plants depicted on Flora Danica Dinnerware. Today Flora Danica by Royal Copenhagen is crafted with the same meticuluous skill that it required 200 years ago.