A botanical dinner service

There’s a new set of posters on the railings at the entrance gate to Łazienki. They draw our eyes, my daughter’s and mine, because they are fine botanical drawings. First we discover that they come from an exhaustive atlas in fifty one volumes of all plants native to Denmark and Norway , published between 1761 and 1883. We are a bit mystified about their presence here until we read on and discover that a porcelain dinner service was made based on the illustrations in the Flora Danica. It was intended as a present for Catherine the Great. When she died, the Danish Royal family kept it for their own use. Now, as part of the Gardens of Light project, it’s laid out on a table in the Palace on the Isle in Łazienki, just as it would have been during a dinner hosted by the monarch in the nineteenth century.

The 1800-piece dinner and dessert service was created in the royal porcelain factory in Denmark between 1790 and 1820. The porcelain figurines represent peasants from different regions of Norway. Flora Danica tableware is till being made, still with meticulous attention to the placement of the images.

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A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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18 Responses to A botanical dinner service

  1. BeckyB says:

    Oh my an 1800 piece – not sure I’d like to wash that up afterwards!!

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  2. Sue says:

    I love stumbling across such delights, Meg! Life is all the richer for times like this….

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    • I’m conflicted. I’ve been immersed in the indulgences of the aristocracy one way and another – and my Marxist daughter is visiting, although she certainly didn’t object to a palace and a touch of botany. But there would be a lot of non-existent beauty without the spendthrift ways of the upper classes! I enjoyed the roundabout way we came across the dinner service. And in the course of researching it, I discovered that a baby peacock has hatched at Łazienki. It’s endless, this pootling around on google’s magic carpet.

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  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a find Meg, absolutely beautiful, and the humble bindweed made it too. 1800 pieces! Their parties must have been lavish. I can’t help thinking about the little housemaids that would have to wash it, they must have been terrified.

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  4. Rosemary Barnard says:

    Do I spot some orchids there?

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Oh darn darn darn! I want to see it better! It looks fantastic xxx

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