Herend is known for its long history of producing the finest hand-painted porcelain worldwide. Herend’s trademark fishnet pattern design, which is most popular in the U.S., originated in 1858 when an artist intrigued with a Chinese plate’s fish scale design painted it onto a rooster figurine’s breast to imitate feathers. Each Herend figurine is handmade in Hungary.
These gregarious birds are one of North America’s largest and, in flight, they soar gracefully on broad wings - a sight which has led many to describe their appearance as majestic (on land they are a bit ungainly). To properly convey the remarkable presence of these birds, Herend’s artists have taken some artistic license since the pelican’s normal subdued coloring stands in stark contrast to their colorful personalities. That said, their famous silhouette with its pronounced long bill means these birds are recognizable regardless of the style of camouflage.