Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Q: I inherited a set of dishes from Hungary from my parents. The pieces are painted with burnt orange flowers and gold trim. They are marked with "Herend, Hungary, Handpainted" in blue. and some numbers in orange. Can you tell me the name of the pattern and how old it is?

A: Herend Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1826 in Herend, Hungary. It is still in business and is the world's largest porcelain factory. Herend started out making earthenware, but by the 1840s was producing porcelain tableware. Early Herend porcelain patterns are similar to Meissen and Sevres designs. Herend makes replacement pieces for any of its patterns by special order. Although the design and shape of your dishes look old, this Herend mark indicates they were not made before 1965. The four-digit number and letters FH identify the piece and the pattern name. Your dishes are Herend's Indian Basket Rust. Indian Basket was made in several colors. The two-digit number is the painter's number. For more information on Herend, including a timeline of history and marks, go to http://www.herend.com/.

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