Introduced in 1851 at the First World Exhibition in London, where it was awarded a gold medal from the jury and a commission from the person who gave her name to the pattern. Queen Victoria ordered a table service in the pattern for the Windsor Castle. This Chinese influenced pattern demands the skills of Herend’s most talented and experienced painters.
What is perhaps Herend’s most famous pattern is made up of almost a hundred kinds of stylized butterflies and springs of blossom, painted in cheerful and lively colours. The combination of red, blue, purple, yellow and green butterflies, flowers and sprigs makes a cavalcade for the green of a meadow.
In Chinese tradition Butterflies represent Immortality, since Taoism regards Wings as the expression of Eternity. The adorned Wings and Beauty of the magnificent Butterflies symbolize Grace, whereas their Flittering represents the development of the Soul. Both are perfectly complemented by the other decorative components on the VICTORIA pattern.
Founded in 1826, Herend Porcelain is one of the world’s largest ceramic factories, specializing in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. In the mid-19th century it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Many of its classic patterns are still in production.
Fruits & Flowers
Since its introduction in the 1860s this pattern, with its beautiful compositions of fruits and flowers, has been favored by many royal houses. The Imperial Court of Russia ordered a set after its display at the World Exhibition of 1900.
There are a total of 12 different motifs of Fruits and Flowers in the center of the plates. Herend is completely hand painted and the artist is given free license to choose the quantity, colors and placement of the small clusters which surround the center motif. This ensures that no 2 pieces are ever identical and each is an individual work of art.