Herend was founded in 1826 and after some tumultuous years of producing mainly pottery the factory was taken over by Mór Fischer in 1839. He took the company in another direction making high-end porcelain for the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy.
The brand is well known for selling a number of patterns named after important historical figures who first ordered the patterns. Notable examples are the Queen Victoria and the Rothschild patterns. In the late 19th century the company almost went bankrupt but was saved by Jenő Farkasházy, who revived the successful patterns of half a century earlier and introduced new ones. In the second half of the 20th century the company was nationalised under Hungary’s communist regime. Herend stayed relevant and kept producing it’s most successful patterns, mostly for the West-European market.
Because of their consistent quality, amazing design and good pedigree Herend remains a favourite with anyone who has a taste for elegant and fine porcelain.-