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Manufacturer: Royal Copenhagen China
Unusual vintage mid-century modern piece, a ceramic or china pitcher or large creamer made without a handle. Based on some internet research, this piece was made in 1966 by Aluminia Faience, a division (at the time) of Royal Copenhagen China in Denmark. While this pitcher is marked on the underside base, you will not see these company names. What appears is the word "Denmark" in light brown with an "X" below the M in Denmark, (it is this X below the M which indicates the piece was made in 1966), a curved "A" type symbol having 3 wavy horizontal lines (this identifies it as Aluminia Faience), along with the initials "VL" (perhaps the artist or decorator) and the number "4" as well as the numbers "139/2799" (which we believe are style/decoration and form numbers).

Our research suggests that the Aluminia Faience company was started in 1862 but merged with Royal Copenhagen in 1882. However, it functioned as its own division within Royal Copenhagen, not using the Royal Copenhagen standard markings, until 1969 when it ceased being a separate division of the company, was folded into the rest of the Royal Copenhagen line and Aluminia Faience markings stopped being used. The famous designer Nils Thorsson was the head of Aluminia Faience from 1928 through its end in 1969, so he would have overseen the production of this piece. We don't know that it was designed by him and don't believe that it bears his personal design mark. However, this piece has a design band which is strikingly similar, but not identical, to Nils Thorsson's "The Eye" design, so it is possible that he was involved with or influenced the design of this piece.

An older pottery or ceramic or faience (fajence, fajance) piece, standing 5 inches tall, about 4 1/4 inches greatest width, 2 1/2 inches top opening greatest width. The top opening is round with a pointed pitcher or creamer spout on one side. The major outside color is a mottled dark royal blue color, with a white interior and underside base. The lower portion of the creamer has a horizontal decorative band that has a repetitive eye type pattern using the royal blue, with purple for the eyelids, on a white background with other blue line, dot and apostrophe type shapes. Very modern looking and reminiscent of 1960s type patterns.

We've provided 8 images to try and show from all angles, including close-ups of the underside base markings and the eye pattern. There is a clear view of the spout in one image to show there is no chipping here, it does have some curved darker glazing in this area as made, but no chips. Please note that the camera lighting "lightens" the royal blue color; it is darker and richer in person (same is true for the purple color). The closest image to the blue color you would see in person is the photo of the underside base which shows some of the surrounding blue (sorry, we tried our best to show the colors). The blue is not a "flat" or solid dark royal blue, but has an appearance almost of lots of little dots, some lighter or darker than others. Please use the zoom feature to fully examine. The camera lighting also causes white "hot spots" reflecting on the high gloss surfaces.

Wonderful vintage condition, with no chips or major cracks, but this did come out of a home and does show some evidence of age/wear. On the "eye" pattern band you can see crazing pretty much throughout, with there also a large circular crazing line on the underside base and crazing visible on the upper white interior and on the top white edge (we don't see noticeable crazing on the royal blue areas). On the royal blue areas, when viewed very closely in bright light you can see some surface scratches, pin dots, etc. light wear, not really bad, but if you look closely you will see these. But there is nothing bad here nor anything that really detracts from the impressive look of this piece.

A nifty addition to any Denmark pottery collection or one related to Royal Copenhagen or Aluminia Faience. Could be an interesting addition to a collection of Nils Thorsson pieces or just a great piece to add to a pitcher or creamer collection, particularly one focused on handle-less pitchers.

1966 Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Faience Pitcher Eye Nils Thorsson

  • Your price: $29.99
  • Item Number: 1876
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