Zsolnay Porcelain

7 comments Posted by: Roberta Gyori

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.

Zsolnay Porcelain

Zsolnay tiles on the Postal Savings Bank

Zsolnay Porcelain

The Zsolnay fountain in Pécs

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.

Zsolnay Porcelain

Eosin figurine - in green

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.

Zsolnay Porcelain

Eosin figurine - in red

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

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  1. Ella Baldwin-Viereck opines:

    How can I purchase a dinnerware set of the G5GS/026 pattern. Its a pink on cream color pattern with butterflies on it. 63fire

  2. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Ella Baldwin-Viereck - If you are in the U.S. try zsolnay.com, they are the authorized distributor for the Zsolnay factory in the States. For all other countries the best is to contact zsolnay.hu directly. Hope this helps.

  3. Kate opines:

    Hi. I’m planning to sell two Zsolnay ewers and was hoping you might direct me towards a dealer or collector who might be interested. One of them is c.1863. Thanks, kate

  4. Roberta Gyori responds:

    @Kate - you might want to get in touch with the ‘Virág Judit Gallery and
    Auction House’ at info@viragjuditgaleria.hu. The gallery owns one of the
    most important Zsolnay collections in the world, so they should be able to
    help you and/or point you in the right direction. Good luck!

  5. Kate opines:

    Thanks so much, Roberta. I’ll send a note and some photos off to them now. k.

  6. Tina Steven opines:

    Hello, my husband purchased a dinnerware set of bamboo and I was wondering what it would be worth and where I could find that information.  We are planning to sell the tea set and some of the platters.  Is there anyone you could connect me to?  Tina

  7. Bonnie Sullivan opines:

    Want to buy the figurine of “Walking Monkey” or Hugging Chimpanzee’s.

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