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.
His name comes from the ancient Greek for “river horse” and it is an apt description for this semi-aquatic mammal that, despite his ample girth and stocky proportions, can still achieve speeds up to 19mph over short distances. Herend’s artists have created the illusion that we are seeing the hippopotamus in his beloved aquatic home by surrounding him with gold water lilies that seem to glisten with moisture against the hippo’s more subdued gray fishnet.
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