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KPM Denmark, Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Copenhagen Porcelain Painting Factory

The design below is  commonly referred to as Black Rose

It was made by KPM  or “Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting” (The Porcelain Painting Workshop of Copenhagen) which was owned by Niels Holst and Christian Knudsen who bought it in 1924. (Not to be confused with the German company Royal Porzellan Bavaria KPM)

They ran KPM Denmark conjointly with what became “Niels Holst & Son A/S”, and was later known simply as Lyngby until its closure in the 1960s. The stunning designs from Lyngby in  the 1960s are better known, but those from its KPM era are less well known these days.

The very 1950s looking design is the sort of one people will either love or hate, with not much in between probably. I love the exuberance of the design – even though its not the sort of thing I would own as a dinner set.

This design reminds me how popular black or black/grey and white was as a colour scheme on domestic dinnerware in the 1950’s….as well as the frequent use of silver/platinum coloured trim on designs for the domestic market.

The shape of the black rose pieces is called Vallø. It was a form used quite frequently by KPM in the 1950s with different patterns.

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

You should normally be able to find a range of designs from KPM from this era online. The two below I found on Etsy writing this article.

KPM Denmark

KPM Denmark
photo dkvintage Etsy

KPM Denmark photo dkvintage Etsy

KPM Denmark
photo dkvintage Etsy

Here are two other interesting pieces I have had from KPM before with a crackle glaze. They produced excellent quality porcelain crackle-ware pieces which are well worth seeking out.

KPM Denmark, Crackleware Vase

KPM Denmark, Crackleware Vase

KPM Denmark, Crackleware Vase

KPM Denmark, Crackleware Vase

KPM Denmark, Backstamp

KPM Denmark, Backstamp

There is a book available on this factory, and I found a copy in this Danish bookstore here: (in Danish of course).

PORCELÆNSFABRIKEN “DANMARK” 1936-1969 (HÆFTET) AF LISE SKJØT-PEDERSEN

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