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Flora Danica Dessert Plate: C.3-2003

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Flora Danica Dessert Plate


Production: Royal Danish Porcelain Factory




Porcelain dessert plate painted in green, yellow and brown enamels with a buttercup from Flora Danica, surrounded by a gilded border. The latin name, Ranunculus bulbosus L. is painted on the back in black.

Dessert plate. Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, yellow, and brown enamels and gilded. Circular with twelve shallow serrated arcs on the outer edge, slightly sloping rim pierced by a shaped row of sloping rectangular and triangular holes, and a shallow, curved well, standing on a footring. The well is decorated with a buttercup plant whose roots extend over the side of the well onto the rim . The edges of the piercing are outlined in gilding, and have three circles enclosing a dot level with the indentations between the arcs on the edge. The two above the plant are flanked by leaves, and one on each sides by a buttercup and a bud. Outside the piercing there is a row of raised gold dots, and round the outer edge, a series of small panels containing gold stylized plants. The back is inscribed in black enamel with the plant name: 'Ranunculus bulbosus L.' in flowing script.


History note: The donor's family

Legal notes

Given by Mrs E. Ruhlmann

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25.3 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Copenhagen ⪼ Denmark

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003) by Ruhlman, Elizabeth, Mrs


Late 19th Century
Victoria I
Circa 1890 CE - 1894 CE


The design was taken from plate 551 of 'Flora Danica' , see Flora Danica Online,

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, and brown enamels, also black for inscription) gilt

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, yellow, and brown enamels and gilded.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: flowing script with elaborate L

  • Text: Ranunculus bulbosus L
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: three waves one above the other
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: the DENMARK is curved round the lower part of the circle

  • Text: a red circle enclosing a crown over three waves with DENMARK below
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Stamped in red
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: the line between the numbers is horizontal

  • Text: 20/3553
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2003
Primary reference Number: 93482
Entry form: 181
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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