What is Herend’s Queen Victoria decor?
Queen Victoria is perhaps Herend’s most famous pattern, made up of almost a hundred kinds of stylized butterflies and sprigs of blossom, painted in cheerful and lively colours. A strong element of Herend’s Queen Victoria decor is the peony, which derived from China before becoming one of the favourite motifs of early European porcelain.
The combination of red, blue, purple, yellow and green butterflies, flowers, and sprigs makes a cavalcade of colour, surrounded by a gilt rim that stands for the green of a meadow.
In spite of the Chinese inspiration behind this imaginative combination assembled by the second founder of Herend, Mor Fischer, it gives a Hungarian impression. The Queen Victoria decor recalls Hungary’s woods and meadows and the colours and murmurings of country gardens.
History behind the decor
Herend’s Queen Victoria decor was unveiled at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, where it scored a huge success. The recognition meant not only a gold medal from the jury but a commission from the person who has her name to the decor. Queen Victoria ordered a Herend table service in this pattern for Windsor Castle.
Apart from the well-known versions in several colours, Queen Victoria comes in yellow, maroon, purple, green and blue variants. Also, we offer modern Queen Victoria decor versions and Royal Garden decors which were designed for the Royal Wedding.