- Pattern: The Little Mermaid at Wintertime
- Vintage: 1962
- Made in Denmark by Royal Copenhagen
- Details: This gorgeous plate is part of the long tradition of Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates. They started in 1908 and have continued releasing a new design every year. These are limited edition plates, after they're issued, the mould is destroyed. These are fine porcelain collector's plate series exclusively created by Royal Copenhagen and highly desired collectibles. This is the 1962 edition which is a base relief transfer of the famous The Little Mermaid sculpture in Denmark. The back reads as follows: "Royal Copenhagen Denmark, Den Lille Havfrue Ved Vintertid, The Little Mermaid At Wintertime". It has pre-drilled holes for hanging with wire or you can use a plate hanger. This is a beautiful tradition which you will enjoy starting or continue adding to every year.
- Materials: Porcelain
- Dimensions: 7.25 inches in Diameter
- Condition: Vintage - Used. Excellent Condition. There are no chips, scratches, or crazing on this piece. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Bing & Grondahl was a Danish porcelain manufacturer founded in 1853 by Frederik Vilhelm Grondahl, who was a sculptor, along with two merchant brothers, Meyer Hermann Bing and Jacob Herman Bing. In 1895, Bing & Grondahl created the first in their series of Christmas plates which have been released for more than 100 years. The plates have traditional winter scenes in blue and white and are extremely popular with collectors. Not to be outdone, Royal Copenhagen, originally called "Royal Porcelain Factory" released their own line of Christmas blue and white plates in 1908. Royal Porcelain Factory is a Danish manufacturer of porcelain products and was founded in Copenhagen in 1775 under the protection of Danish Dowager Queen Juliane Marie. In 1987 Royal Porcelain Factory acquired Bing & Grondahl, who was their largest competitor, the new company, which includes other mergers, is called "Royal Copenhagen".
The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue by sculptor Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 4.1 ft tall and weighs 385 lb. The original fairy tale of the same name was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, who had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairy tale in Copenhagen's Royal Theatre and asked the ballerina, Ellen Price, to model for the statue. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the bronze statue, which was unveiled on August 23, 1913. However, the ballerina did not want to pose nude so only her face was used and the sculptor's wife, Eline Eriksen, was used for the body. The statue is a major tourist attraction, however, in recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists but it is always restored.