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.
Since they are poor swimmers, seahorses use their body armor and their ability to change colors to protect and camouflage themselves from predators. They also use their color-changing ability to communicate emotions and this fellow is clearly bubbling over with happiness. To blend in with his surroundings, he is mirroring an aquatic garden of stylized anemones nestled among a frothy landscape and swirling cascades all imbued with a rainbow of color. Of course, he is still a Herend seahorse so saturated strokes of rust fishnet serve to “anchor” him to the beautiful coral and gold seashells and prevent him from drifting away on the whim of the ocean current.