Nils Thorsson, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 719
Design or Pattern number 719 by Nils Thorsson for Royal Copenhagen/Aluminia is one of the most recognised and popular designs from the BACA series in the 1960s.
The design is such a beautifully complex mixture of subtle colours, line patterns and textures – and the design contains elements which don’t reveal themselves immediately to the viewer.
On most pieces the design consists of outlined or framed elements joined together with lines and repeat patterns. Inside the framed components are designs of fish – sometimes a repeat pattern, sometimes a single fish.
Other elements appear to be floral – or perhaps they are seaweed or other aquatic flora. The more you study one of these pieces, the more the design reveals itself to you.
In addition to the design, the complex nature of the glazes which Nils developed for the BACA series, means that each piece turned out slightly different when fired in the kiln – adding to the “handmade” appearance of each piece.
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 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 Serving Tureen
Aluminia Royal Copenhagen Tureby Main Plate