Most collectors are familiar with Royal Copenhagen porcelain but are less used to seeing Bing & Grondhal which is the original company. It’s a lot older than Royal Copenhagen which is of relatively recent manufacture. Bing & Grondhal was founded in 1853 by a sculptor, Frederik Grondhal, and two brothers, Meyer Bing and Jacob Bing. Their trademark is the three towers which is derived from the Coat of Arms of Copenhagen.
By the way, Copenhagen is a beautiful city for a few days holiday, with plenty to see and do and you can visit the Royal Copenhagen factory shop and the museum which is on the same site.
Bing & Grondhal quickly became successful and some of their designs were so popular that, in the 1950’s they were found in one tenth of all households in Denmark. The beautiful ‘Seagull’ pattern with white birds flying in a blue sky is now very collectible and increasingly difficult to find in the U.K. In our view, all of the Bing & Grondhal porcelain is beautiful and very desirable. The colours never jar, they are muted and subtle, the lines are fluid and organic, the subjects are both restful and pleasing. It’s lovely to live with.
The Royal Porcelain Company was the main competition for Bing & Grondhal and in 1987 the two rivals gave up the battle and decided to merge. Their new name was Royal Copenhagen, which is still going strong to this day.
The lovely old Bing & Grondhal pieces have become ever more desirable over the years and fetch a high price, when you are lucky enough to find them.
Some years ago we purchased two fine examples of Bing & Grondhal cat figurines and on the same day two little abandoned kittens were brought in to us. They were exceptionally well marked and very pretty, although thin and undernourished. It wasn’t difficult to name them and Bing & Grondhal are still with us today.
Check out our Bing & Grondhal tiger – we have more figurines and plates coming soon.