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ROYAL COPENHAGEN STOLE FROM CHINA

DANISH DESIGN DEBATE

ART INSPIRATION OR ART THEFT?

In the world of design, the line between being inspired by and outright taking from another culture can sometimes get blurry. Let’s break it down: Danish porcelain, especially those classic pieces from Royal Copenhagen, is pretty famous, right? Well, it turns out, the iconic blue flower everyone loves isn’t originally Danish at all. It’s borrowed, or more accurately, taken, from Chinese culture—yep, the chrysanthemum, a mainstay in Chinese art, has been a go-to for Danish designs since 1775.

So, here’s the scoop in simple terms: When Danish artists started painting that beautiful blue flower on porcelain, they weren’t just getting creative with a new motif. They were adopting (okay, stealing) a significant piece of Chinese cultural heritage and making it their own without giving credit where it was due. Fast forward a few centuries, and what do we have? A whole tradition that’s celebrated in Denmark, built on designs that weren’t theirs to begin with.

This brings us to a bit of a sticky situation. If a culture’s celebrated heritage is built on the foundations of another’s artistic inventions, where does inspiration end and cultural fraud begin? It’s like taking someone else’s song, changing the tune slightly, and then calling it your own hit single. Not cool, right?

So, while those porcelain pieces might look stunning on your shelf, the story behind them isn’t as pretty. It’s a tale of taking, transforming, and then claiming as one’s own, which, in any other scenario, would be called out for what it is: a fraud. It’s high time we chat about the difference between appreciating a culture and appropriating it. Because, at the end of the day, real respect for art means respecting its roots too.