Replacements, Ltd. Collaborates with N.C. Museum of History on Exquisite Dinnerware Display
Ornate treasures on view in Raleigh through early March
GREENSBORO, N.C., November 6, 2013 – Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see the porcelain treasures of Russian tsars on view at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. As a companion display to the national traveling exhibit The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts under the Romanovs, Replacements, Ltd. designed and loaned an ornate display of exquisite dinnerware originally commissioned by Danish royal monarchy.
The N.C. Museum of History is the only mid-Atlantic venue to host The Tsars’ Cabinet, showcasing items ranging from spectacular table services designed for coronation banquets to jewel-encrusted personal objects, which exemplify the lavish lifestyle of the Romanov reign. The exhibit reflects centuries of Russian history, when porcelain was considered a symbol of wealth and status.
Replacements is collaborating with the museum on the display featuring rare pieces of Denmark’s famed manufacturer, Royal Copenhagen, and its highly collected Flora Danica pattern. The Danish monarchy commissioned Royal Copenhagen to begin production of this pattern in 1790 as a gift for Catherine the Great, who ruled Russia during the Romanov dynasty. Catherine died before artisans completed the original service, which is still used today by the Royal Danish household for special occasions. The pattern motifs and name are based on the historic botanical encyclopedia, “Flora Danica” which means “flowers of Denmark,” and features thousands of flora native to the Danish country.
“Not only are we thrilled to collaborate with the N.C Museum of History on this display, we’re really excited about sharing these rare and beautiful pieces from our collection,” says Replacements’ Product Marketing Manager Keith Winkler. “Flora Danica is considered one of the most luxurious porcelain patterns ever produced and is one of the oldest patterns still in production. The craftsmanship and detail are unmatched and highly sought after by collectors around the world. Since so many of these pieces are privately owned, the exhibit truly marks a unique opportunity for the public to see this beautiful link to the Danish monarchy and ultimately the Romanov dynasty.”
The Tsars’ Cabinet is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary from the Kathleen Durdin Collection, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists. Major sponsors of the exhibit include N.C. News Network, Duke Energy, News & Observer, Ragland Family Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Everette C. Sherrill.
The display will be on view through March 5, 2014. For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call (919) 807-7900, access the museum’s website or connect with the museum on Facebook and Twitter.
About Replacements, Ltd.
Founded by Bob Page in 1981, Replacements, Ltd. carries the world’s largest selection of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. The company’s 500,000 square foot facilities house an inventory of more than 12 million pieces from over 400,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves more than ten million customers worldwide.
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