Laszlo L. Simon, General Director of the Museum, said at the opening of the room exhibition: – Herend porcelain is one of the most recognized and respected brands in Hungary, distributed almost everywhere in the world. Today’s exhibition is the first stop in a series showing what the two-hundred-year-old Herend factory has contributed to Hungarian applied arts over the centuries.
He also added, many valuable ceramics from Herend can be seen in the exhibition successes of the Hungarian Expo in the exhibition space, as well as in the exhibition warehouse of the museum, so that these treasures can be seen not only by the Hungarian public, in cooperation with the Herend Factory and Museum of Applied Arts, it is also planned to organize many of foreign exhibitions in the future.
Said Simon Attila, CEO of Herend Porcelánmanufaktura Zrt. , in the event: – The present exhibition shows the development of Victoria, since on the porcelain-covered table, starting from the classic Victorian style from 1851, you can find the one painted in the Royal Garden style designed for Prince William’s wedding bowls, which is also based on the Victorian style.
The director also talked about the fact that the factory produces about three hundred thousand porcelain annually.
According to the audience, our products are not only beautiful utility items, but also works of art
Pointing out that their ceramics were successfully displayed in many international exhibitions. As he said, dozens of shows are organized every year both in Hungary and abroad, and in the last ten years they have organized about one hundred and fifty exhibitions.
Herend has strong roots, but also new innovative shoots
In addition to nurturing traditions, they are constantly looking for opportunities for renewal, and in addition to the 64 million different products, around 400 new creations are created within the factory walls each year.
Duncan Graham, President of the British-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, said: – Herend porcelain is known to the British as some of the most beautiful in the world. He noted that the decoration with butterflies in the Chinese style, stylized branches, painted in bright and cheerful colors, which was presented at the World’s Fair in London and won a gold medal, is one of Herend’s most famous designs. The exhibition was inaugurated by Queen Victoria on May 1, 1851 in London, with nearly one hundred thousand objects on display over sixteen kilometers and with the participation of fifteen thousand exhibitors. The exhibition included many objects, including the Koh-I-Noor diamond and an 8.5-meter-high crystal fountain.
Herend and an integral part of the history between the United Kingdom and Hungary is Herend and its amazing porcelain, which has admired the British for more than one hundred and seventy years.
– concluded the chief.
the National Museum The creation of the Viktória style, which can be seen in its temporary exhibition, is almost the same as that of Herend porcelain.
Born under Chinese influence, the pattern composed of stylized butterflies and blossoming branches represents the richness of color and decoration that has characterized the Porcelain Factory’s painting style from the beginning.
Its most notable element is the peony from China, which, when brought to Europe, became one of the most popular forms of ceramics. The possibility of creating an individual image is created by the variety of butterflies and the variegated appearance of peonies, so that, despite its Chinese origin, the pattern creates a Hungarian impression, reminiscent of the colors and bustle of Hungarian forests, fields and village gardens.
Victoria held Herend’s tableware in high esteem, and it was only served in the dining room where she dined with her husband, Prince Albert, in the evening. In such cases, there were no staff, they served themselves. Later members of the English royal family also liked Herend’s artwork. The Viktória pattern, which has been in use for over one hundred and seventy years, looks good not only on dinnerware, tea and moka sets, but also on other decorative items such as bonbonnieres, decorative panels or lamp frames.
The Viktória collection has been reborn in countless shapes and colors over the decades, and the latest revamped version, the Herend porcelain set painted in the Royal Garden pattern, was the official wedding gift from Hungary to Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
The exhibition is the first stop in a series introducing honors associated with emperors, kings, queens, and the aristocracy.