Miklós Zsolnay established his factory in 1853 in the city of Pécs, in order to produce stoneware and ceramics. The factory achieved worldwide recognition for its innovative frost-proof products at world fairs and exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna and the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where the Zsolnay factory received a Grand Prix.
Frost-resistant Zsolnay decorations were used as architectural elements on numerous buildings in Hungary, especially during the Art Nouveau movement. Buildings such as Matthias Church, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Postal Savings Bank, Gellért Baths, Central Market Hall and many more feature Zsolnay tiles and other Zsolnay ornaments.
In 1893, Zsolnay introduced another innovation: eosin. Porcelain pieces made of eosin have a rich green-blue color with a shiny surface, and although the Zsolnay factory also produced porcelain dinnerware and figurines, it was the eosin that really set this company apart. By 1914, Zsolnay was the largest company in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The factory still specializes in frost-resistant architectural elements and luxury, hand painted porcelain and is located in the city of Pécs.
If you are interested in Zsolnay Porcelain, the Virág Judit Gallery and Auction House in Budapest holds one of the most important Zsolnay collections in the world. If you fall in love with Hungarian porcelain this is a great place to start your collection and enthusiasts will likely find a piece to add to their collection.
Where to buy?
Porcelain making has a long history in Hungary and enthusiasts will likely find a piece to add to their collection. Zsolnay Porcelain can be found in almost all major shopping malls in Budapest, like Mammut and Árkád. The City Center is also home to several flagship stores, located at:
- Kecskeméti utca 14, Budapest 1053, District 5
- Kossuth Lajos utca 10, Budapest 1053, District 5
- József krt. 59-61, Budapest, District 7
- Margit krt. 24, Budapest 1027, District 2