Porsgrund Collectible Christmas Plates
Porsgrund collectible Christmas plates are limited edition seasonal products manufactured by the Norwegian porcelain company, Porsgrund.
History & Description
Porsgrund is located in Porsgrunn, in Telemark county, southern Norway, and was founded by Johan Jeremiassen in 1885. The company has produced designs by a number of notable Norwegian artists such as Odd Nerdrum, Frans Widerberg, Theodor Kittelsen and Ferdinand Finne.
The Christmas plate is a Scandinavian tradition in which servants were given a plate heaped with food from their masters. When the food was eaten, the plate would be attached to the wall as decoration.
Porsgrund produced their first Christmas plate in 1909. The company did not produce another one until 1968 when they began the tradition of producing limited edition plates each Christmas.
Guide for collectors
Porsgrund collectible Christmas plates are occasionally sold through national auction houses and eBay. Collectors should take note that they are much more likely to purchase individual examples on eBay as auction lots usually consist of a selection of three or more plates.
While there is no specific favourite plate among collectors, items that come in their original box and are in mint condition are the most sought after.
For more information on Porsgrund collectible Christmas plates, collectors should visit the following websites; Danish Porcelain Online, Stan Tillotson and the official Porsgrund website.
Notable auction sales
On April 27th 2008 at Northgate Gallery Inc. in Hixson, Tennessee, three limited edition Porsgrund Christmas plates, dated 1974, 1975 and 1976, realised a price of $100.
On April 30th 2012, a rare Porsgrund Christmas plate, dated 2009, was sold on eBay for $69.
On June 9th 2009 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, a selection of twelve Porsgrund Christmas plates, circa late-twentieth century, realised a price of $60.
On March 8th 2012, a limited edition Porsgrund Christmas plate, dated 1995, was sold on eBay for $54.99.
On November 18th 2006 at Austin Auction Company in Austin, Texas, three Porsgrund Christmas plates, dated 1968, realised a price of $50.
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