Herend Porcelain

21 comments Posted by: Roberta Gyori

The pottery factory of Herend was founded in 1826. It carried out experiments on making porcelain and developed the first true porcelain pieces in a very short time. At first the porcelain made in Herend included some replacement pieces and replicas of porcelain made in the famous German Meissen factory, soon however, a very unique line emerged, making Herend famous all over the world.

Herend Porcelain

Herend china set

Herend Porcelain

Signature patterns

The Vienna Exhibition in 1845, the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the Exhibition of All Nations in New York in 1853, and the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855, brought the highest recognition for Herend. Orders were made on behalf of several royal courts and for many aristocrats, both in Hungary and abroad. The names of well-known patterns refer to the first customers, Queen Victoria, Earl Esterházy, the Rothschilds, and so on. Herend was a main supplier of porcelain to the Habsburg Dynasty as well.

The factory, still specializing in luxury, hand painted porcelain, is located in the town of Herend, close to the city of Veszprém and near Lake Balaton. There is a porcelain museum on site, which is also worth a visit. In addition Porcelanium, opened in 1999, houses one of the largest porcelain collections in the world. Visitors can venture behind the scenes and learn about the technology and art of porcelain-making through short films and demonstrations. The Apicius Restaurant and Café offers additional entertainment and activities year-round with regular wine-tasting events, temporary exhibitions and one-off events.

Herend Porcelain

Porcelain in the making

Herend Porcelain

Hand painted patterns

Did you know? Many celebrities and art connoisseurs along with kings, queens and aristocrats of the 19th and 20th centuries have been customers of Herend porcelain. Here are just some of the rich and famous who have enjoyed the beauty of the hand-made pieces:

Queen Victoria ordered a whole service of Herend porcelain at the first World Fair in London. Her name became associated with the Victoria pattern and the collection was named after her. Princess Diana collected Herend china figurines. Her collection, now on display at the Spencer Family's home at Althorp, consisted of various animals painted in the classic Herend fishnet design. Several Herend pieces were donated to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI received a Herend figurine for his 80th birthday. Formula 1 pilot and champion, Lewis Hamilton is the happy owner of a Herend Trophy presented to him for his victory in the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a collector and has purchased several pieces of Herend china. And finally, yours truly is also the owner of a beautiful service of Herend porcelain that she received for her graduation.

Herend Porcelain

Famous patterns

Herend Porcelain

Herend porcelain set

Where to buy? Although it can be expensive, even the small collector can afford a few pieces of this gorgeous, world-famous porcelain. In fact, Herend porcelain is one of the most popular souvenirs to take home. Herend porcelain can be found in most major shopping malls in Budapest and the city center is also home to two flagship stores, located at József Nádor tér 11 in Pest, District 5 and at Andrássy út 16 in Pest, District 6.

Photos courtesy of Herend Hungary


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  1. travelbud opines:

    Great article! I bought a small coffee set years ago in Budapest and I would love to own a full serving one day…

  2. sherylburrows opines:

    i have a dish hand painted artex 1949-1967 could you tell me anything about it thank you

  3. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @sherylburrows - I’m not sure about this particular Herend dish but you may be able to find more info on it here: herendusa.com. Hope this helps.

  4. pete skinner opines:

    i have recently recieved a lamp made bby p[aul hanson,i have taken it apart and have found that the base has a stamp on the bottom that says herend hungaria it stands about ten inches high ,trim in gold has a bunch of flowers on oppisite side in a gold circles .iwould appreciate any thing you can tell me about it. thanks pete skinner

  5. pete skinner opines:

    i would really like a feed back on this lamp ,so if somebody has any idea what i have i would like a little help from you good people

  6. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @pete skinner - I tried to get some more info on your lamp and was advised that the best would be for you to send a note to info@herend.com. Hope this helps.

  7. pete skinner opines:

    @Roberta Gyori -just a note to say thank you for the help,going to check it out next i have been trying to find out about this lamp so long im about ready to give it up.so thanks again

  8. Charlene Alvarez opines:

    I would like to inquire about ordering Herend china from Budapest.  Please give me information.

  9. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Charlene Alvarez - If you are in the U.S. check out herendusa.com, they are the authorized distributor for Herend Porcelain in the States. There’s the possibility of online shopping and under the menu ‘Shop for Herend’ they list all Herend retailers in the U.S. For all other countries the best is to contact herend.com directly. Hope this helps.

  10. Charlene Alvares opines:

    If I want to order Herend china from Budapest, how do I go about doing that?  Would there be a significant savings compared to ordering in the US?

  11. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Charlene Alvares - My advice would be to contact both the US distributor (herendusa.com) and the factory in Hungary (herend.com) and get a quote from them. Keep in mind that duties and taxes may apply when shipping from Hungary.

  12. Charlene Alvarez opines:

    Thank you for responding.  I did go on the Herend.com site but could not figure out how to get a quote from them.  I could not understand how to locate the piece I’m looking for—Bird Blue 4qt. Soup tureen Rothchild.

  13. Charlene Alvarez opines:

    Roberta, I’m so sorry, but I accidentally deleted your most recent response to my last question!  Would you please respond again?  Thank you for your help!

  14. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Charlene Alvarez - Although the Rothchild Blue Bird 4QT Tureen is presently not among the products listed on the web-shop at herend.com, you can contact them via info@herend.com and ask for a quote, including shipping. I’m not sure if you have seen it, but the product is also available via herend.usa (http://www.herendusa.com/DINNERWARE/Dinnerware+Patterns/Rothschild+Bird+Blue/Show+All).

  15. Charlene Alvarez opines:

    Roberta, I am still having a problem getting through to Budapest for a quote on the soup tureen and platter.  I thought I had actually sent an email there through the Herend.com web site.  Instead, I received a quote from a US distributor. Can you please help me get through to the correct contact in Budapest?  I just want to compare prices between there and US.  I know what the US price is, but not Budapest.  Thank you!

  16. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Charlene Alvarez - As per their website, Herend Hungary only ships within Hungary, for all other requests they have a network of international distributors. Unless you are in Budapest, you’ll have to order Herend porcelain from one of their partners.

  17. Roy Anderson opines:

    I purchased a figurene at the studio in the village of Herend…the old jewelry seller. Any information on this piece? Is it still in circulation? What would be it’s value at this time? Thanks for ANY information you might give me. Roy Anderson

  18. pete skinner opines:

    @Roy Anderson - hey roy ,ican tell you someone who mite be able to answer your question. he lives in manchester vt and is a herend dealer, his email is jyeagersover.net and his phone number is 800-440-3510. i hope this information is a help to you.he sure help me in my search. good luck pete

  19. Beverly Mikey opines:

    I have several broken Herend porcelain figures. Please can you tell mi where would it be possible to ask for reparations.
    Thank you

  20. Home Econ opines:

    We will be spending 2 weeks in the Budapest area (Aug. 17-31).  Is it possible to tour the Herend factory?  I would like information on going there and when tours are available.  Thanks.

  21. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Home Econ - There are guided tours and porcelain painting workshops (offered in English and German) at the factory. Guided tours cost HUF 2,300 per person and the price includes a visit to the manufactory and to the Porcelain Museum. Workshops are HUF 1,600 and they range from porcelain making to painting famous Herend patterns. You may find more info here: herend.com (including a list of tour companies offering day trips between Budapest and Herend).

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