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.
Slicing through the water at speeds up to 22 miles per hour, this bottlenose dolphin is all fluidity and motion. The magical illusion of the figurine is that the viewer appears to be joining the dolphin on his underwater journey. The artists at Herend have once again developed a new painting technique, this time taking inspiration from the world of watercolors with its inherent diffused lines and various shades of transparency, thereby creating the deliberate effect that we are seeing this fast moving object across a watery expanse. The illusion is complete with the addition of fishnet colors that conjure up the many depths of the aquatic realm and scallop shells that seem to be caught up and dancing in the dolphin’s strong wake.