Royal Copenhagen 2010 plaquettes
Royal Copenhagen 2010 plaquettes are a series of small, collectible plates produced by Danish
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 factories, Aluminia
Aluminia was a Danish factory of faience or earthenware pottery, established in Copenhagen in 1863. In 1882, the owners of Aluminia purchasedthe Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory...

 and Royal Copenhagen
Royal Copenhagen
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. The numbered and named series of 3-1/4” (80 mm) faience
Faience or faïence is the conventional name in English for fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body, originally associated with Faenza in northern Italy. The invention of a white pottery glaze suitable for painted decoration, by the addition of an oxide of tin to the slip...

miniplates or "plaquettes" are generally round, though a few are square. The most common colors are moderate to deep blue on a white background, though some have additional colors.

On the front, each has a scene depicting boats, landscapes, people, animals, steeples, buildings, statues, bridges, windmills, and more. Some also have a date on the outside edge. A variety of artists have provided the detailed artwork, including Kai Lange, Jørgen Nielsen, and Sven Vestergaard (1932-).

On the back, each plaquette has two pierced holes so the plaquettes can be hung for display. In addition to the number 2010, most (though not all) have an identification number, along with a description (usually in Danish, all capital letters) of the front scene. Some have the words “ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK FAJENCE”, or just ‘DENMARK”. Some have the factory mark, three wavy lines one atop another. Some have a monogram. Some have the Royal Copenhagen modified beehive mark: a capital "A" representing the Aluminia factory with three wavy lines, representing Royal Copenhagen, as cross strokes. All plates manufactured after 1969 have a crown and the words "Royal Copenhagen Denmark".

Earl Nelson Newman wrote and privately printed a small hard-cover book in 1973 entitled "The Danish Royal Copenhagen Plaquettes: 2010 Series". This book contains pictures and descriptions of plates #1-#85, and the special series featuring American Presidents, zoo animals, and antique autos.

Because there was nearly no information/literatur about the "2010" Series,Carsten Pedersen (a collector himself) wrote a collector's catalogue in 2010.
The catalogue describes about 448 miniplates (plaquettes) from the "2010" series and other series (old and new) from Royal
Copenhagen, Aluminia, Köbenhavns Fajancefabrik and Bing & Gröndahl, Copenhagen.
The catalogue was privately printed and entitled "Royal Copenhagen, Aluminia, Bing & Gröndahl - Plaquetten-Miniplates Series 2010 and special editions"

Further reading

  • Christoffersen, Lars. Christmas Plates & Other Commemoratives from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl. A Schiffer book for collectors. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub, 2004. ISBN 0764320890
  • Newman, Earl Nelson. The Danish Royal Copenhagen Plaquettes, 2010 Series. 1973.
  • Winstone, H. V. F. Royal Copenhagen. [London]: Stacey International, 1984. ISBN 0905743377
  • Pedersen, Carsten "Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Bing & Gröndahl Plaquetten-Miniplates Series 2010 and special Editions"
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