Nyfossum was the residence of the technical director of Norway's Blaafarveværket, located at Modum. Blaafarveverket cobalt mines, now a museum and art gallery, was in the eigtheen-twenties through the eighteen-forties the worlds largest producer of so called cobalt blue, producing 80% of the world's output. Exports reached as far afield as China and Japan, as well as Germany. The renowned German Meissen porcelain manufacturer was one of Blaafarveværket's important customers, using cobalt blue for their famous Blue Onion patterned porcelain.

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