Authorized italian retailer of Herend fine porcelain, hand painted in Hungary
For two centuries, our creations have been exclusively hand-painted by more than 800 painters, using more than 1000 colours and around 400 different types of decorations, thus showing a remarkable artistic ability. They have come to symbolize beauty, elegance, style and they have become part of Europe’s Cultural Heritage. Having withstood the destructive power of time, they have managed to establish themselves as a reference point for eternal values.
The two-centuries-long story of the Factory has been accompanied by great accomplishments at World Exhibitions and by many prominent figures, thus paving the way for its worldwide reputation.
The Porcelain Museum of Herend, in Hungary, is visited by around 100.000 people every year. The museum allows its visitors to take a closer look at the secrets of porcelain manufacturing and it showcases, with remarkable historical accuracy, a collection of fine porcelain masterpieces from the last two centuries.
“Beauty will save the world” – Dostoevsky
in 10 - 45 working days!
in 10 - 45 working days!
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same”
If you can’t resist good taste and elegance, the Hungarian porcelain of Herend is going to suit your needs! For two centuries, the porcelain of Herend has been the choice porcelain of monarchs and aristocrats in the entire world. From Queen Victoria to Vittorio Emanuele, from the Rothschild bankers to Princess Sissi, from the Tsar Alexander to Lady Diana; everyone wanted to surround themselves with pieces of this historic porcelain.
You have the chance to customize your set of porcelains, choosing from more than 400 types of decorations and three different plate shapes: The Osier, The Rocaille, and The Esterhazy. Upon request, it is possible to have your initials embossed in gold or platinum on all the plates or just on some pieces, thus making your set unique and one in a million.
Herend Wedding Favors
The Herend wedding favors are unique and very special… first of all they are hand-crafted by one of the turners of the factory, finally they are hand-decorated by one of our world-renowned porcelain painters. The decoration can be customized, since it is entirely hand-painted. Your imagination and personal wishes come first. Upon request, it is also possible to emboss the initials of the bride and groom in gold or platinum.
Here it is possible to see some examples of the Herend wedding favours with the corresponding prices. Or if you wish to know an estimate for the making of your favors you can write us an email at: email@example.com or call us at the number: +39 (0) 96524154.
Most of the common applied Herend Trademarks can be categorized in two basic groups. Trademarks before the communist government took ownership of the factory in 1948, and all other trademarks previously used.
Many variations of trademarks used in both periods.
One distinct difference is the use of the crown on the top of the shield. Presence of the crown indicates date of manufacture 1948 or before. That is true with trademarks with or without the text around the shield.
Under the newer trademark on the right you can find the form number, then the pattern code and the date of manufacture.
The date code used commonly only from the 1990’s. It is on almost all new items.
From 1939 to 1948 many trademarks had the year incorporated in the mark itself. On newer items maybe a country code under the form number, and a painter number away from the trademark.
As a general rule a “HEREND” impression is present on the bottom of the item and a form number impressed also, even if in many cases hard to detect.
International recognition of the new technical and artistic endeavours came with a series of World Exhibitions starting in 1851. Herend goods received 1st class medals at The Crystal Palace in London. That was also when Queen Victoria ordered a dinner service with a Chinese-style butterfly-and-flower pattern, which is known to the world as the Victoria décor and is to this very day one of the best loved Herend patterns. Orders from distinguished clients and a whole series of gifts underscored aristocratic approval of Herend porcelain: Franz Joseph had his table laid with Herend porcelain, ordered a set for his wife, Queen Elisabeth, for her Gödöllő Mansion, Mór Fischer greeted the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt with Herend porcelain on his birthday; we could also mention Empress Eugénie of France, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, the Shah of Iran, Count Rudolf Apponyi, Count Pál Esterházy or even the Barons Rothschild. He amassed a great many accolades, the most outstanding of which was probably being made a knight of the Franz Joseph Order, receiving the Officer’s Cross of the French Legion of Honour and being awarded a patent of Hungarian nobility entitling him to use the name Farkasházy.
The Herend manufacture was founded in 1826 in the homonymous Hungarian city near Lake Balaton. It immediately started to succeed, as it decided to immediately produce exclusively exquisite products. It was the period when porcelain had reached the peak of beauty with the renowned European manufactories, Capodimonte porcelain, Vienna, Meissen and Sevres. In 1851, on the occasion of the Universal Exposition in London, it obtained such a success, that even the Queen of England Victoria ordered her service of porcelain, butterflies and flowers, destined to become an icon of refinement, taste and elegance on the table, still in use at the English court. In the years that followed, Herend succeeded in producing porcelain services for Tsar Nicholas of Russia and almost all the world noble families. From 1914 to 1918, turnover fell to a minimum; most of the workers enlist and the factory just works. The period between the two wars was very difficult, even for the supply of the raw material, the kaolin. The post-war economic and political scenario in Hungary forced Herend to nationalize and direct mass production. But soon the leaders realized that Herend porcelain could provide the country with huge revenues and therefore, starting from the fifties, the production of the wonderful porcelain work that we admire today prevailed.
On July 1, 1992 the new company, Herendi Porcelàn Manufaktura Rt, was established, whose ownership structure, probably one of the reasons for its current success, is: 50% of the shares are owned by current and retired employees, 50% is owned by the workers’ union and the inalienable property of the Hungarian State. At present, the number of Herend factory employees exceeds 1600, including 250 turners and around 800 painters.
Who bought in the past Herend Porcelain ware?
Herend porcelain ware, dinner, coffee and tea sets are very popular not just among everyday people, but also among famous people like celebrities and royal family members. Those who like style, uniqueness, affordable luxury and traditional or modern-style porcelain ware, prefer investing in a long-lasting, quality porcelain set. The below royal personalities and celebrities also have – at least one – set of Herend porcelain ware at home.
Queen Victoria of Great Britain
In 1851, at the first World’s Fair in London, Queen Victoria of Great Britain bought a large dinner set for the Windsor Castle. She chose a “Far-Eastern” pattern – now called Victoria Décor – that depicts colorful butterflies and peonies. With this pattern the Herend Porcelain Manufacture won the Grand Prix award. Herend porcelain ware became famous all around the world thanks to this décor.
Baron Rothschild Family
In the 1850s, the members of the Baron Rothschild family fell in love with bird-patterned Herend porcelain ware, thus ordered a collection. The family was an important customer and patron of the manufacture. In honor of the family, the bird pattern – the birds symbolize love and relationships – was named Rothschild décor in 1861.
Count Albert Apponyi
Count Albert Apponyi (1846-1933) also loved Herend porcelain ware, and a décor was named after him as well. Apponyi Décor is a unicolor floral pattern in green, pink, blue or other colors.
Franz Joseph I of Austria
The Emperor loved simple patterns like the Laurel Garland Décor. A dinner set of this pattern were used by him in the Buda Castle.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
The wife of the Emperor, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also loved Herend porcelain ware. She used a set with a chinoiserie pattern (Siang Rouge Décor) in her Gödöllő Castle which later was named Gödöllő Pattern after the city.
Princess of Wales Lady Diana chose a set with Rothschild décor for her wedding.
Austrian-born actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger likes Herend. He is a big collector of VH animal figures.
Herend Osier Shape
The Osier shape with its braided finish is one of the most well-known porcelain forms of Herend. You actually experience the wicker decorating the wide rim of each object. Classical porcelain lovers find in this form the beauty that has characterized for centuries the European porcelain production.
Soup Tureen shapes:
Coffee, Tea and Chocolate sets shapes: