Replacements, Ltd. Acquires Extensive Flora Danica Collection
Acquisition creates one of the largest collections of Flora Danica available for purchase in the world
GREENSBORO, N.C., November 9, 2011 – Replacements, Ltd. is pleased to announce the company has acquired an extensive collection of Royal Copenhagen’s prestigious Flora Danica pattern from private collector Richard Baron Cohen. This addition to the company’s current inventory creates one of the largest offerings of Flora Danica available for purchase in the world.
“These pieces are unique and extremely fascinating on a number of levels,” says Replacements’ Chairman and CEO Bob Page. “Not only were many of them produced prior to 1930, most of the flowers and other botanicals painted within the last 100 years are represented in this acquisition. There are very few duplicates. Collectors are not likely to find these same pieces any place else in the world. We are absolutely delighted to add these rare pieces to Replacements’ inventory.”
Sought after by collectors around the globe, Flora Danica is considered one of the most luxurious porcelain patterns ever produced and is one of the oldest patterns still in production. The Danish monarchy commissioned Royal Copenhagen to begin this pattern in 1790 as a gift for Catherine the Great of Russia, who died before artisans completed the original service. 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.
“Flora Danica is the most prestigious pattern in the Royal Copenhagen dinnerware collection,” says Ivar Ipsen, president of Royal Copenhagen. “Our artisans carry on craftsmanship traditions more than two centuries old of delicately molding, cutting and painting each piece by hand as they’ve done since the pattern began production. Flora Danica is art that happens to be dinnerware.”
Replacements’ impressive acquisition includes more than 1,000 pieces from Cohen’s exclusive Twinight Collection, noted as one of the largest private collections of 19th century European royal porcelain. The highly collected array includes place setting pieces, platters and other exquisite serving pieces such as intricate fruit baskets, soup tureens and an ice dome and basin, one of the most complex pieces produced in the Flora Danica pattern. Collectors are invited to view this unique collection at Replacements’ retail store in Greensboro, North Carolina, or on the company’s website, www.replacements.com.
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 nearly 14 million pieces from over 342,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves more than ten million customers worldwide.
Lisa Conklin, Public Relations Manager
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