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Behind The Design: Herend In The Making

Queen Victoria dined on it and Princess Diana delighted to find it in her Christmas stocking. Now find out how the artisans of Herend handcraft the porcelain pieces preferred by royalty, coveted by collectors, and beloved by all those with classically whimsical tastes.

It is a strange fact of art that the making of is hardly as glamorous as the end result. But if anything is clear from Herend In the Making, it is that 188 years of experience has elevated production into an art form just as awe-inspiring as the finished product. Master potters delicately cut patterns with only an eye and knife as guide while painters brush swathes of color in impossibly steady lines. Take an inside look at Herend’s headquarters, where artisans transform rich porcelain clay into the dinnerware of choice for Queens and treasured collectible’s of princesses.

FINE FACT Princess Diana was an avid collector of Herend figurines, so much so that her Kensington Palace staff would often pitch in to buy her a new piece for Christmas. One particularly lovely figurine left the charmingly self-deprecating Princess at “a loss for words –a unique experience!”

Dine and decorate like a royal with Herend - available at GEARYS.

Herend holds a rich history spanning many years, crossing many oceans and charming generation after generation to enjoy worldwide acclaim as the pinnacle in supreme hand painted porcelain. Now the biggest porcelain manufactory in Europe, Herend was founded in 1826 in the small Hungarian village for which it was named. Queen Victoria’s 1851 purchase of a large set for Windsor Castle was a milestone, setting the stage for aristocrats worldwide to clamor for Herend in their estates. Today Herend dinnerware, home accents and figurines painted in the brand’s signature fishnet design grace the interiors of those appreciating the finest in home décor.