Visitors are invited to explore the art of Hungary's legendary Herend porcelain works, treasured by Europe's heads of state since the 19th century.
Founded in 1826 in the small town of Herend, about 110 kilometers southwest of Budapest, the Herend factory flourished under the official patronage of the Habsburg Dynasty, who ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By vigorously promoting their wares at the many world fairs held in the late 19th century, Herend began receiving orders from royalty. With custom from Queen Victoria and Empress Eugenie, wife to Emperor Napoleon III, the factory's reputation soared.
The 230 displayed items* span Herend's history, from rare early treasures to baroque and rococo masterpieces, works inspired by Chinese and Japanese designs, and more contemporary pieces. The exhibition offers a great opportunity for visitors to sample the timeless grandeur of Herend, a name that still stands for the highest quality.