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.
With every figurine, there is the challenge for Herend’s painters to honor and herald what the sculptor has accomplished in form. Here, after careful study of the subject in white, section by section, layer by layer, the artist has applied a complex painting style befitting this crested beauty, one of the largest and most memorable forest birds in North America. Alas, even noble birds like the pileated woodpecker can’t escape the everyday, such as feeding a pair of very hungry offspring.