Internationally famous Gustavsberg, Sweden, the only remaining Swedish porcelain manufacturer still manufacturing bone china and stoneware in the factory situated in the vicinity of Stockholm, Sweden since 1825, made this series of Stockholm sceneries for the Stockholmsgillet (i.e. the Stockholm Guild). The Series was made in an annual limited edition of which some were a First Day issue with gold stamp, the others a “standard” version. They were sold at the traditional Christmas market at Stortorget in the Gamla Stan / Old Town, Stockholm.
This plate – Julen 1980 / Christmas 1980 – is number 8 in the Series. It is called Den kungliga isbanan vid Kastellholmen / The Royal Skating Rink at Kastellholmen. The picture was made after a woodcut by G. W. Palm from 1862, adapted by Karin Björquist. Hand-engraving by Björn Olsson. The picture shows Carl XV (Charles XV) King of Sweden and Norway (1859-1872) and by his side the Queen dowager Josefina (Josephine of Leuchtenberg).
The plate is made of bone china in a limited edition of 2200 pieces of which 700 was made with a first day stamp in gold. This is the “standard” version and is stamped with the famous Gustavsberg anchor logotype. Ø ca 22 cm / approx. 8,5 inches. The plate has never been displayed. The front is in excellent condition, the backside has some chip-like holes in the bone china glaze, due to the manufacturing process. (I notice this on all Gustavsberg’s plates.) Comes with the original box and a suspension device inside box. These plates are genuine Stockholmiana.
Made in Sweden.