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Herend China

Founded in 1826, the Herend Porcelain Manufactory specializes in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain in Hungary. The factory was founded by Vince Stingl, who had carried out research experiments on porcelain making at a time when the process was still shrouded in mystery and secrets.

By 1839, the factory had a new owner, Mór Fischer, who had ambitious and artistic goals for the manufactory. As a result, Herend china was featured in important shows such as The First Hungarian Applied Art Exhibition, the Vienna Exhibition of 1845, and Paris's Exposition Universelle of 1855.

Hard-paste porcelain is used for Herend products, involving a mixture of kaolin, feldspar, and quartz. The pieces are fired at 830 degrees Celsius after decorating and drying, then covered in glaze and fired again at 1410 degrees Celsius. It is then ready for hand painting. The most well-known Herend pattern featured Chinese-style butterflies and flower branches and was presented at the London World Exhibition in 1851. This pattern was named Viktória after England's Queen Victoria ordered a dinner set with this pattern for Windsor Castle.


Quick Facts

  • There is a Porcelain Museum of Herend in Hungary which explains the history of Herend porcelain as well the process of creating it
  • The names of many popular patterns are references to their first customers (Queen Victoria, Rothschild, and Apponyi, to name a few)
  • The Ferend factory is very conscientious about observing traditions in the making of its products, so its quality has remained consistent for centuries

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Elek Lux Herend Porcelain Sculpture Combing Woman
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Elek Lux Herend Porcelain Sculpture Combing Woman
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A LIMITED HEREND PLATINUM RESERVE MING DYNASTY DRAGON
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(12 Pc) Herend "Waldstein Blue" Porcelain Dinner Plates
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
(12 Pc) Herend "Waldstein Blue" Porcelain Dinner Plates
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Est: $200- $2,000
$1503 Bids
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2 Pcs Herend Porcelain Blue Fishnet Cat & Elephant
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
2 Pcs Herend Porcelain Blue Fishnet Cat & Elephant
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XL Hand Painted Duck HEREND Porcelain Centerpiece
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
XL Hand Painted Duck HEREND Porcelain Centerpiece
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $75- $300
$152 Bids
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Dec 13, 10:00 AM EST
Group of Herend, Limoges and Other European Porcelain Table Articles
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Est: $40- $80
$452 Bids
A set of 6 porcelain soup plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 6 porcelain soup plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €70- €90
€701 Bid
A set of 6 porcelain soup plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 6 porcelain soup plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €70- €90
€701 Bid
A set of 6 porcelain breakfast plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 6 porcelain breakfast plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €80- €120
€801 Bid
A set of 9 porcelain pie plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 9 porcelain pie plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €30- €50
€301 Bid
A set of 9 porcelain dishes with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 9 porcelain dishes with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €60- €80
€601 Bid
Hand Painted HEREND Woven Porcelain Dish Decor
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Hand Painted HEREND Woven Porcelain Dish Decor
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $80
$11 Bid
A white porcelain sculpture by Herend
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
A white porcelain sculpture by Herend
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
A set of 9 porcelain dinner plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 9 porcelain dinner plates with Apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
8 Piece Lot of Herend Items
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
8 Piece Lot of Herend Items
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid
Rare Herend 7 Piece "Lazy Susan" Serving Platter
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Herend 7 Piece "Lazy Susan" Serving Platter
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Herend Demitasse Coffee Set "Queen Victoria" for 6
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Herend Demitasse Coffee Set "Queen Victoria" for 6
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Unusual Pair of Herend Covered Figural Boxes
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Unusual Pair of Herend Covered Figural Boxes
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
A set of 12 porcelain pie plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A set of 12 porcelain pie plates with apponyi purple decor. Herend, Hungary.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €40- €60
€401 Bid
A PAIR OF HUNGARIAN "HEREND" PORCELAIN CACHE POT, QUEEN VICTORIA PATTERN
Dec 16, 10:00 AM EST
A PAIR OF HUNGARIAN "HEREND" PORCELAIN CACHE POT, QUEEN VICTORIA PATTERN
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $25- $1,000
$251 Bid
Kaffee- und Teeservice "Rothschild" Herend, Ungarn
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffee- und Teeservice "Rothschild" Herend, Ungarn
by Leo Spik
Est: €450- €540
€3501 Bid
Serviceteile "Apponyi Grün" Herend, Ungarn
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Serviceteile "Apponyi Grün" Herend, Ungarn
by Leo Spik
Est: €200- €240
€1601 Bid
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HEREND, TAFEL- UND KAFFEESERVICE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
HEREND, TAFEL- UND KAFFEESERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF1,200- CHF2,400
CHF1,2001 Bid

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