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Aluminia Morgenfrue

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Morgenfrue/Calendula

This pattern is called Calendula (or Morgenfrue) and was produced by Aluminia Royal Copenhagen faience from 1934 to 1967, such was its popularity and timeless qualities. The design is by the iconic designer and potter NILS THORSSON.

What I like about this design is the great combination of colours and the simple orange flower motif (the Calendula).

The base colour is a lovely pale cream which is complimented by the simple orange flower, lovely woven texture rims, and dark green detailing on the rims and leaves.

Aluminia had been established in Copenhagen in 1863. In 1882, the owners of Aluminia purchased the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory. From 1901-1928 Alumina had a renewed era of success under Chairman Joachim (1870-1943) and Harald Slott-Møller (1864-1937).

In 1928 Nils Thorsson took the factory to its new and final era before closing in 1969,  although Royal Copenhagen continued to use the name of Alumina for some of its ware for a time afterward. Nils Thorsson continued to work for Royal Copenhagen into the 1970s.

Aluminia Morgenfrue Bowl

Aluminia Morgenfrue Bowl

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Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen 1965-1988

Ellen Malmer ( b1942 – ) is another of the great designers and artists who worked for Royal Copenhagen at the height of its popularity in the mid to late twentieth century. She was part of the group working with Nils Thorsson producing the now iconic Baca and Tenera series for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen.

She trained at the Design School in Copenhagen and started with Royal Copenhagen as a designer in 1965 working there until 1988, primarily with Fajance ware. After leaving Royal Copenhagen she has worked in her own right as an Artist in the fields of textiles and collage/painting.

Each Designer who worked with fajance ware at Royal Copenhagen became known for their unique style of design, decoration, use of colour, and motifs – and the work of Ellen Malmer is no exception.

We often see only the most popular Baca and Tenera designs these days by Ellen due to their higher production, but they represent only a small range of her designs. I have tried to capture a wide cross section of her designs in the images below.

I really like the graphic and textural qualities of her designs, along with her subtle use of tone and colour. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the Nucella design dinnerware in blue. The shapes for this series were designed by Inge-Lise Kofoed and Leif Lautrup-Larsen, and the Pattern design by Ellen Malmer in 1966.

Royal Copenhagen, Ellen Malmer Pattern 962

Royal Copenhagen, Ellen Malmer Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 962

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 617

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 617

Ellen Malmer Vase Pattern 661, Royal Copenhagen

Ellen Malmer Vase Pattern 661, Royal Copenhagen. Image via Pinterest.

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen, Pattern 657

Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen, Pattern 657, Image via Pinterest.

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 635 - Design Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 635 – Design Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 953 Ellen Malmer

Royal Copenhagen Pattern 953 Ellen Malmer

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Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Oranjga//Tureby Design

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen, Tureby or Oranja Design

Oranja or Tureby, designed for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen by Nils Thorsson in 1934. (It is also known as pattern 254).

The base colour is probably best described as an off-white with greyish tones, and it has an exquisitely detailed basket weave design around the rims in an orange-red colour, finished off with gold. Such a great colour combination.

Below are some of the pieces in this design I have had.  The candlesticks are the standout – very festive, with their alternating orange white and gold stripes.

All the shapes have a lovely soft and rounded form to them – particularly noticeable with the cups.

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Cup, Saucer, Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Cup, Saucer, Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Serving Tureen

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Serving Tureen

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Main Plate

Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Main Plate

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Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Nils Johan Thorvald Thorsson (1898 – 1975)

Ceramic artist and designer for Royal Copenhagen – Aluminia.

Nils joined Royal Copenhagen as an apprentice in 1912, and graduated from the royal Danish Academy in 1917. He went on to become Royal Copenhagen’s most prolific designer. He was Artistic director at Royal Copenhagen from 1949 while also artistic director of Aluminia also from 1928-1969.

(Aluminia pottery works was established in Copenhagen in 1863. In 1882, the owners of Aluminia purchased Royal Copenhagen factory. The factories were operated independently under their respective trade names until 1969, when the use of the Aluminia name was ended)

Nils designed at least 5 of  best known production ranges for Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen – Solberg (1930’s), Marselis (1950’s) Tenera (1960’s), Baca (1960’s), Diana (1970’s)

Nils Thorsson, Marselis Series Vase - Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen

Nils Thorsson, Marselis Series Vase – Aluminia/Royal Copenhagen

Nils Thorsson, Solberg Series Vase

Nils Thorsson, Solberg Series Vase, Royal Copenhagen//Aluminia

Nils Thorsson Diana Series Vase, Royal Copenhagen

Nils Thorsson Diana Series Vase, Royal Copenhagen

He also produced many exquisite art pieces in high fired glazes that are lesser known and hard to find. For the Baca and Tenera series he designed the forms (shapes) – and other members of his team designed the patterns. The patterns which he designed will have his cypher on the base.

Nils Thorsson Cypher (bottom)

Nils Thorsson Cypher (bottom in circle)

Baca Pattern 708, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 708, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 723, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 723, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 721, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 721, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 734, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 734, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 720, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 720, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Thorsson, Baca Pattern 719, Royal Copenhagen

Thorsson, Baca Pattern 719, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 719, On Square Bowl, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Baca Pattern 719, On Square Bowl, Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen

Nils also designed the Morgenfrue and Oranja (Tureby) dinnerware series amongst others.

Oranja/Tureby Tureen, Design Nils Thorsson, Aluminia//Royal Copenhagen

Oranja Tureen, Design Nils Thorsson, Aluminia//Royal Copenhagen

Morgenfrue Cup/Saucer Aluminia, Nils Thorsson

Morgenfrue Cup/Saucer Aluminia, Nils Thorsson

Nils body of work is so large that it is hard to capture a picture of it as a whole, as of course it changed during his lifetime spent at Royal Copenhagen. However his form and pattern designs from the 1950s – 1970’s, especially from the BACA and TENERA ranges, were and remain some of Royal Copenhagen’s most popular works coveted as being prime examples of mid-century and Danish modernism. Read more

Royal Copenhagen Mid-Century Bird Motif Designs

Royal Copenhagen Mid-Century Bird Designs

Bird designs and motifs were a prominent in the mid 20th century ceramics……and some of the best bird motif designs came from Royal Copenhagen//Aluminia, Denmark during the Nils Thorsson directed Baca and Tenera period of designs in the 1960s.

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