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Bing & Grondahl

Bing & Grøndahl was founded in 1853 by a figurine sculptor at the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory called Frederik Vilhelm Grøndahl and two merchant brothers Meyer Hermann Bing and Jacob Herman Bing.

Initially the company solely produced figurines, but soon dinnerware was added to the production.

They have a long history and the factory has produced some iconic designs. The most notable is the seagull design by Fanny Garde, first produced in 1892. At one point in time one in ten Danish households owned items from the seagull design.

Another invention of Bing & Grøndahl is the tradition of making Christmas plates. They issued their first plate in 1885. The idea was wildly successful and was adopted by all major brands worldwide.

The company used the three towers from Copenhagen’s coat of arms as a logo.

Bing & Grøndahl merged with it’s main competitor, the Royal Copenhagen factory in 1987. The company continued under the name Royal Copenhagen. Whilst the name mostly disappeared (some collectibles can still be bought under the B&G name) some of the designs still live on in Royal Copenhagen’s current production.

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