Endearing animals meek and bold, large and small, demure and majestic eagerly await the chance to melt your heart and warm your home. Each Herend Porcelain figurine is brought to life by the skilled hands of artisans crafting and painting these charming porcelain creatures.
Herend holds a rich history spanning many years, crossing many oceans and charming generation after generation to enjoy worldwide acclaim as the pinnacle in supreme porcelain, also known as “white gold.” Now the biggest porcelain manufactory in Europe, Herend was founded in 1826 in the small village of Herend, Hungary to produce pottery. In 1839 a major turning point occurred when Mor Fischer became the manufactory’s new owner. Taking Herend in an entirely new direction, visionary Fischer carved out the unique niche of producing dinnerware replacement pieces for Europe’s royal families to complement their valuable porcelain patterns from Germany and the Far East. Fischer engineered a string of royal successes that quickly put Herend on the map and led to the next phase of Herend’s growth, when manufactory artists began designing dinnerware patterns of their own. Queen Victoria’s 1851 purchase of a large set for Windsor Castle was a milestone, setting the stage for aristocrats throughout Europe to clamour for Herend in their estates.
Endearing animals meek and bold, large and small, demure and majestic eagerly await the chance to melt your heart and warm your home. Each Herend figurine is brought to life by the skilled hands of artisans crafting and painting these charming porcelain creatures. The famous fishnet décor adorning many of the animals took form in 1858 when a Herend painter became inspired by a fishscale design he saw on a Chinese porcelain plate and painted a similar pattern onto a rooster figurine to imitate feathers. The rest is history, with the fishnet design now a Herend signature prized worldwide.
Today Herend is sold in more than 350 fine retail stores nationwide, which are the only authorised sources of genuine Herend porcelain. The only way to be confident your purchase is authentic is to shop at an authorised Herend dealer like Cotswold Trading.