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 name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon is one of the world’s most widespread raptors. When hunting, it is known for spectacular dives with wings closed, called “stoops”, that can begin up to 3,000 feet above its intended target and reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour as it drops towards its prey. Considered an elite predator, immortalizing it in porcelain required an equally dramatic figurine. Power was the guiding mantra for the sculptor’s tool from the bold talons, the jagged rock and the unflinching stare of a highly-efficient hunter. To complete the picture, painters used a complex combination of strong strokes and delicate, intricate touches that speak to the falcon’s synthesis of force and precision.
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