From Simply Scandinavia you will find classic items in hand-painted porcelain. Beautiful pots, platters, bowls, dinner plates, plates and ornaments. Simply Scandinavia´s beautiful porcealin is based on old models and are manufactured them by hand like in the old days.
Simply Scandinavia manufactures as accurate reproductions of Chinese porcelain as possible, pots, jardinieres, vases, bowls and dishes in classic shapes. East Indian are called Chinese porcelain patterns that were exported to Europe with the same traditional world of patterns that the Chinese themselves appreciated. Export porcelain, on the other hand, is shapes and patterns that the European companies ordered in China after Western models, meticulously copied by the Chinese craftsmen.
East Indian porcelain
The Swedish East Indian Company was founded in 1731 following a foreign model and traded with East Asia and then mainly with China. At first it was an extremely profitable business, in some years the return was almost 400 percent, but at the beginning of the 19th century things went worse and the Company was closed down. The two founders Niclas Sahlgren and Colin Campbell became very wealthy men and Gothenburg, which was the home port, flourished during the second half of the 18th century. The company received royal privileges such as exclusive rights and tax breaks which further helped the Company become the most profitable business venture during this time. In addition to the import of tea, silk, porcelain and spices, they accepted special orders for military china with delivery a year later. The haul was auctioned in Gothenburg and spread all over Europe. A total of 132 trips to East Asia were made until the Company's closure in 1813.
One of Simply Scandinavia's most popular patterns is named "Campell" after one of the company's founders. The pattern represents the "hundred antiquities", a popular and symbol-laden pattern in China during the 18th century.
The East India liner "Götheborg" sank on September 12, 1745, only 900 meters from its home port in Sweden. The ship had been gone 30 months on its trip to Canton, China to buy tea, silk, spices and china. Most of the cargo was salvaged before the ship sank completely and was later sold at auction in Gothenburg. Over the years, more of the precious cargo of porcelain has been salvaged and Simply Scandinavia has been inspired by several designs from the ship's cargo of East Indian porcelain, in addition to "Götheborg", "Campbell" comes from these wreck finds.