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23 The Porcelain Cabinet

ROOM 23: Frederik IV planned to have a porcelain cabinet to form a counterpart to the Glass Cabinet. Such cabinets became fashionable at princely courts in Europe by the end of the 17th century. Frederik visited the porcelain cabinet at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin on the way home from his Italian journey in 1709. That became the inspiration for the Glass Cabinet, but for unknown reasons, the plans for a porcelain cabinet in Rosenborg was never realized.

The present interior dates from c. 1860. Some of the Royal Houses’ finest porcelain items are displayed here. The collection includes several examples of Meissen china from the first part of the 18th century, Sèvres porcelain and Chinese porcelain.

An large part of the collection is made up from items from the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, most importantly the famous Flora Danica set. According to tradition, it was commisioned as a gift for Catherine the Great of Russia, but she died before the set was completed.

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Objects in this room
2300-2309
2301. Part of a set of Meissen porcelain. Made for Christian VI, probably around 1740-45.
2302. Portrait of Frederik V, painted by J.J. Töpfer, 1752, on a pedestal. Meissen porcelain.
2303. Pieces of Böttger’s brown Saxon stoneware, forerunner of the Meissen porcelain. Dresden, c. 1715.
2304. Tureen of Meissen porcelain with the coat-of-arms of Count J.H.E. Bernstoff, c. 1740.
2305. Flora Danica porcelain. Made 1790-1803 at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, decorated with botanical drawings of Denmark’s flora. Tradition has it that it was commissioned as a gift for Catharine the Great of Russia, who died, however, before the set was finished. It is still used by the Royal Family on special occasions.
2306. Vase with the goddess of fame, and Apollon and Minerva en grisaille. Made at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory in 1789 and bought by Crown Prince Frederik VI as a birthday present to himself 1790. The form is repeated in the two vases on each side of the plinth. Saved from the fire at Christiansborg 1794.
2307. Two vases: egg-shaped with goats’ heads and cupids. Modelled 1789, possibly by C.A. Luplau. The so-called mermaid vase en grisaille after J.F. Saly. Delivered to Crown Prince Frederik VI on New Year’s Eve 1788. Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. Saved from the fire at Christiansborg 1794.
2308. Three covered vases of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain with portraits of Frederik VI as Crown Prince, Juliane Marie, the Queen Mother, and Princess Louise Augusta. 1780’s.
2309. Flower painting on Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, executed by August Klein? c. 1830.
2310-2319
2310. Two plates of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, dated 4 September 1780 (The Dowager Queen Juliane Marie’s birthday).
2311. Swedish faience, made at Marieberg in 1774.
2312. Breakfast service of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain bearing a crowned F in flowers, delivered to Crown Prince Frederik VI 1785.
2313. Table with top of Schleswig faience.
2314. Punchbowl of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, portraying the Battle of Copenhagen, 2nd April, 1801. Presented by Count Roepstorff to one of the non commissioned officers who took part in the battle.
2316. The Juliane Marie Service; Chinese porcelain portraying the equestrian statue of Frederik V at Amalienborg, after a drawing by Peter Cramer.
2317. Punchbowl of Chinese porcelain, portraying Peter Appleby’s rope walk and shipyard at Christianshavn.
2318. Punchbowl of Chinese porcelain decorated in iron red and portraying Our Saviour’s Church in Copenhagen.
2319. Two plates of Chinese export porcelain with the inscription: For the happy sons of the right of citizenship.
2320-2327
2320. Various porcelain pieces of Chinese origin. The two big “famille rose” jars and the two big, round basins belonged to Sophie Magdalene at Hirschholm Palace.
2321. – 2322. Table service of Japanese porcelain with octagonal dishes. Belonging to this is the centrepiece with the coats-of-arms of Christian VI and Queen Sophie Magdalene.
2323. Two plates of Chinese export porcelain portraying the Reformed Church in Copenhagen, 1750.
2324. Sèvres porcelain presented to Christian VII in 1768 when he visited the factory.
Three paintings on Sèvres porcelain:
2325. Cupid, after a painting by Louis Michel van Loo.
2326. A Love Sacrifice, after Carle van Loo or Amédée van Loo.
2327. A Camp Scene.