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Dear Reader

It is no less than fantastic artwork!

When you read this newsletter you will certainly have a different view of the normal plates. You must admit that it is impressive that the Danish porcelain factory Bing & Grondahl all the way back in 1895 was able to make such works of art..., especially when you know what you know, when you have read this newsletter!
 
Well, you are curious to know more about how Christmas plates are actually made, so now we will have a brief run through. We have a more detailed description on our homepage about how you make Christmas plates
Engraving the plaster form for the Christmas plates
The process to make a Christmas plate is rather long. It all begins with the artist, who draw the motif after the measurements of the Christmas plate. Then the modeller engraves the motif into a plaster form like shown in the picture above. This plaster form is the base form for the production of work forms that are used to imprint the motif into the newly formed Christmas plates.
 
Afterwards the Christmas plates are burned the first time. Yep, it needs to be baked more than once...!
Painting the Christmas plate
When the Christmas plates have been burned once they are spray painted to cover the entire surface with the motif. Then the porcelain painter does the somewhat opposite process of removing colour to make the motif stand out on the Christmas plate.
 
When the painter has done his job, the Christmas plate is dipped in the porcelain glazing and then burned once again at a higher temperature to make it harden and the glaze becomes a transparent surface.
 
But do not think that this is the end! Now the sorting begins and the sorting rate is rather high. Christmas plates with faults are removed so only the best remain. Only now can they be packed and shipped out to the shops and onwards to the customers.
 
Considering all this it is overwhelmingly cheap to buy many older years of Christmas plates. - When you consider how much work goes into the production.
 
Luckily the interest in Christmas plates have been increasing and we sell many more now, than we have for many years and we are especially happy that many young people have warmed up to them as a decorative item. And it probably helps that many years are cheaply available...
Marselisborg Palace 1975, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 8.79 EUR
Now: 6.63 EUR
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Vibaek Mill 1976, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 13.39 EUR
Now: 10.14 EUR
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In the desert 1972, Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 16.9 EUR
Now: 13.39 EUR
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A Christmas Tale 1978, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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Christmas in the Forest 1980, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Christmas letter 1984, Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate, 18cm
Before: 6.63 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Fir Tree - 1973 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 7.17 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep - 1974 Desiree Hans Christian Anderse..., 19cm
Before: 6.76 EUR
Now: 5.27 EUR
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The Snow Man - 1977 Desiree Hans Christian Andersen Christmas plate, 19cm
Before: 10.82 EUR
Now: 7.98 EUR
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Read a longer description of the production of Christmas plates here!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone: +45 66 18 95 95 or 
 
I wish you a wonderful day.
 
DPH Trading
Lone Risager Therkelsen 
Photos from our shop i Odense - Denmark