HEREND I DNEREH
Herend Porcelain is fashionable, timeless, multifaceted, magical, stylish and innovative.
191 years ago, Vince Stingl took a chance and founded a porcelain-making factory among the romantic Bakony hills, which has now developed into Europe’s largest manufacturer of porcelain. In the beginning it was difficult – the manufacturing process was expensive and full of artistic challenges. In 1839 Mór Fischer, a trader from Tata with giant ambitions and a significant amount of capital, became the new owner of the Manufactory.
Under his direction, the concept of Herend Porcelain took shape. His artistic perfection and outstanding marketing won the recognition of the aristocracy and even of emperors and kings. From the first moment, every step of the manufacturing process was carried out in Herend and that’s still the case today, 191 years later. This is the guarantee that Herend Porcelain products are hand-crafted and unique. And there’s a further secret, which is a corner stone of our current exhibition: the ability to continually innovate alongside the cultivation of traditions. Innovation and tradition. This is the quality that makes Herend Porcelain perfect for every age.
The range of products is unbelievably vast: more than 16,000 shapes and close to 4,000 patterns, which can be freely varied. Tradition. Every year 350-400 new products are made within the walls of the Manufactory, so that a new Herend is born practically every day. Innovation. Exported to more than 60 countries, there is possibly no corner of the world where Herend is not known. Unicum and Hungaricum. Magical and bewitching. Irresistible and flawless. Fantastic and genuine. It forges fashions but is nevertheless perennial. A real treasure. Both traditional and progressive.
Herend’s close to 800 empoyees have a love in common. The one – the fragile white gold that is porcelain. And in the same way as passion makes the perfect relationship work, so it is also the secret to Herend Porcelain’s close to 200 years of success. But for a small factory and a founding dream to become the brand that today is known throughout the world, another ingredient was needed:
Art befitting the surroundings, a product capable of preserving the craftsmanship and traditions of the brand while continuously innovating.
Our current exhibition is based on these themes. Like a journey through time or Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes in the 19th century and sometimes in the 21st. Exceptional pieces of great skill from the past 200 years and almost two centuries of development of the famous decorations. Installations that are audacious, out of the ordinary and brave. We welcome you to the world of Herend, to our long journey through time! It is a path that awaits discovery.
The exhibition can be seen from 5 May to 1 October during opening times of the Visitor’s Centre at the Almásy Mansion.