This striking elephant is a replica of an antique figurine depicting an elephant carrying goods along the silk road. The silk road was an interconnected series of ancient trading routes stretching from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The silk road not only served as a means of moving precious commodities back and forth but was also significant for bringing new cultural influences. This Pink Elephant figurine certainly demonstrates this Eastern influence through its highly ornate decorative style including the dramatic rug on its back. The figurine was reissued from the Herend archives to commemorate the Manufactory’s 180th anniversary.
Limited Edition Size = 180
From Europe to Africa and Asia, lions have been associated with strength, grace and nobility for thousands of years. Furthermore, it is their association with power that has led many different cultures to depict lions as sentinels standing guard at the entrances to revered places. Hungarian sculptors have continued this same tradition, and a tour around Budapest reveals numerous examples from the Hungarian Parliament building to the lions’ gate entrance of the Royal Palace. However, the most prominent lions in Budapest are those flanking the city’s famous and oft-photographed Chain Bridge. The first permanent connection between the Buda and Pest sides of the city (split by the Danube river), this suspension bridge (built in 1849) ignited the economic revival that would lead to Budapest's golden century. Guarding the historic bridge on both sides, the two pairs of stately lions were created in 1852 by Hungarian sculptor János Marschalkó. Fittingly, these sentinel lions remained intact (and on duty) when the rest of the bridge was destroyed in World War II (it was rebuilt in 1949).
Quiet dignity, abundant grace and unbridled spirit are adroitly captured in Herend’s porcelain portrayal of one of society’s best-loved animals. Although horses’ earliest contact with man was around 30,000 B.C., domestication wasn’t seen until 3000 B.C. in China where horse-drawn carriages were used in wars. Horses became a popular subject in Roman art, and they gained further recognition by cowboys and American Indians who relied heavily on them for survival. The word “equus” – meaning horse – originated in ancient Greece and means “quickness.” Seventeen craftspeople give form to Herend’s magnificent horse bust, which requires three days to paint.
For a manufactory with a rich, creative catalog, it takes a special pattern to become the grand dame among the many beautiful offerings of Herend porcelain. However, along with Queen Victoria, Rothschild Bird has risen to this venerated position and it is only fitting that an entire year is dedicated to celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Rothschild Bird’s history is directly intertwined with that of the manufactory. In 1845, Mór Fischer (the second owner of the manufactory) was able to secure a large loan from the House of Rothschild (a famous banking family) in Vienna. This loan was significant in that it allowed Fischer to expand the factory and increase production considerably. As a sign of respect and his pride in winning their patronage, it was common for Fischer to name patterns after eminent customers. With the House of Rothschild, it would take a few years, but not only was Fischer able to pay homage to his patron but the pattern itself was inspired by a story from the family.
The story reveals how one day Baroness Rothschild went for a stroll in her garden in Vienna and lost the pearl necklace she was wearing. An exhaustive search by her staff yielded nothing. A few days later, a gardener noticed the birds were excitedly chirping and fluttering around something and he went over to investigate. That is when he discovered the birds had taken a liking to the Baroness’ necklace which was caught on a tree branch
In 1860, this story inspired the creation of the Rothschild Bird pattern which was so well-received that soon similar bird designs were being produced by almost every major European porcelain manufacturer.
With this introduction we celebrate Rothschild Bird and all of its many moods with a covered urn featuring all 12 motifs as well as all of the border colors that have been presented over the years. Available in a limited edition of 250, the urn is inscribed with a special commemorative anniversary logo which reads “Rothschild Bird 150th Anniversary”.
A noisy songbird, the blue jay is not afraid to make his presence known with calls that carry for long distances; however, this time, his beautiful, painted feathers herald his arrival instead. The artists at Herend have embellished him with vibrant shades of blue with 24K gold highlights which are sure to put the other birds on notice.
Herend China Rooster Reserve Collection Multicolor
Trimmed in 24k gold. Limited Edition of 250 worldwide.
16 inches high x 13 inches wide.
A magnificent new fishnet design premiers on Herends classic rooster a commanding figure designed by Sandor Keleti in1924. For the first time in Herends 182-year history a harmonious medley of fishnet colors is composed in concert to create a synchronized fishnet symphony. The product of 17 craftspeople each rooster requires 19 hours to paint. Herends traditional single colorway fishnet design first took shape in 1874 when an artist was inspired by a Chinese plates fish scale design and replicated it onto a rooster figurines breast to imitate feathers. In keeping with tradition Herend again chose a rooster to model the unprecedented symphonic fishnet design.