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Gödöllő

The 'Gödöllő' is one of the most beautiful and best known ornaments of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, the history of which is strongly connected to the history of the Royal Castle in Gödöllő, and its former owner, Queen Elizabeth.

To make the name of the ornament understood, the relation between the court in Vienna and Mór Fischer must be explained. Fischer earned respect at numerous world exhibitions and other important national and international design platforms from 1851. The Court also recognised the expanding fame of the talented ceramist, and Franz Joseph quickly became fond of the porcelains of Herend.

First he gave a set from Herend as a present to her mother, Archduchess Sophie, later he made other orders, for which the services of the Buda Royal Palace and the Gödöllő Royal Castle were produced among others. As a proof of his trust, Franz Joseph let Fischer the utilization right of the ornaments of the Vienna porcelain manufacture, which closed by that time, raised him to nobility, then appointed him the official purveyor of the Court from 1872.

The Castle in Gödöllő was built by Antal Grassalkovich in the style of French baroque in the 18th century, and his family possessed it until 1841. Queen Elizabeth visited Gödöllő for the first time in 1866,when she spent a few months in Pest-Buda during the Austrian-Prussian war. The beautiful Castle and land rich of game enchanted the Queen, who loved horse riding and hunting.

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