About Herend Porcelains
As synonymous with European royalty as it is with fine Hungarian craftsmanship, the Herend brand is world-renowned for its creativity, beauty and luxurious practicality. Its award-winning pieces have been popular with the the Habsurg Dynasty and other aristocracy for over two centuries, and Queen Victoria is known to have ordered a gilt dinner service from them for Windsor Castle in 1851. Today, their varied range of naturalist designs and painted figurines are coveted around the world, from the US to Russia and Japan.
The company is now Europe's largest and most successful porcelain manufactory, having gone from strength to strength since its founding in 1826. Operating out of a tiny Hungarian village from which it took its name, it wasn't until Mor Fischer took ownership in 1839 that Herend really carved out its niche, producing dinnerware replacements with exotic motifs for European royal families. Fischer was very interested in nurturing this association between the Herend brand and high society, and took to naming designs after their recipients, such as the Roschild Bird and Viktoria.
By the 1850s the company had also started producing its iconic figurines - meticulous replicas of animals and flowers, including a rooster painted with a Japanese fish scale pattern. Princess Diana was a devoted collector of these figurines.
Collectors of any Herend porcelain will want to make sure that their often expensive purchase is authentic. There are two basic marks to look for, which are essentially the same coat of arms with a few minor differences, including a crown on products made before 1948. There is also likely to be an impression of the word "HEREND" somewhere on the piece, as well as an item and form number.