Vintage set for Bing & Grondahl Danish porcelain luncheon or salad plates in the Seagull with Gold pattern. Model number 618. Naturalistic seagulls take flight against a pale blue background terminating to white. Patterned with scales. Gold gilt trimming and accents. Marks used from 1970-1983. In good condition, no chips or cracks. Measures 7 1/2" diameter
Considered one of the more popular Danish series, the seagull pattern reflects Danish nature as well as traditional Danish craftsmanship. Danish decorative arts reflects a love of the sea, mirrored in shades of soft blue achieved from a unique underglaze technique developed in Denmark in the 1880's. The artist behind the seagull pattern is Fanny Garde (1855-1925). She was one of the pioneers of this development, and one of the first popular dinner services produced using this special craftsmanship technique was hers. Created at the dawn of the Art Nouveau era, the pattern expresses the then completely new feeling: the need for nature, light and air. Natural subjects were much in vogue, and Garde chose the seagull as her main motif. At the turn of the century, the seagull was not as common in Denmark as now, and thus more appreciated. Outside her studio window, Garde had erected a feeding box for the seagulls, providing her with both inspiration and live models. Graceful seagulls glide over a pale blue background that gradually fades to white. The fine porcelain patterned with scales around the edges, with figural handles in the form of sea horses.