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.
The mastery of Herend’s artists is fully realized in this depiction of the Phoenix at the moment of death and rebirth. The movement suggested by the figurine and the layers of saturated colors stunningly convey the intense heat and energy as the mythological firebird undergoes his cyclical regeneration. Often considered a symbol of renewal, the story of the fire spirit can be found in the legends of the ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese.