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.
“Common ostrich” is the unfortunate name given to this impressive animal that is not only the largest living species of bird but also the fastest bird on land. Now the ostrich is positively soaring, quite a feat for this flightless bird, because the artists at Herend have made his appearance anything but common. From the almost ballet-like extension of his head and limbs to the color palette expertly used to enhance the ostrich’s normally subdued coloration, this figurine is an example of Herend’s mastery at making vibrant, lively figurines so pulsating with energy that they appear ready to break out of their porcelain shell.