Herend Porcelain

Mór Fischer

1800-1880

Father of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory.

Under his management the Herend Manufactory prospered.

Mór Fischer, having taken over management from Vince Stingl, did all he could in order that the manufactory produce porcelain considered top quality even by international standards.

The objects of personal use manufactured at Herend in the forties of the 19th century still reflected the influence of Neo-Baroque-style Bohemian porcelain. Later this simple form and décor faded, and Fischer launched the production of more sophisticated wares in order to keep abreast of his Viennese and Bohemian rivals. Mór Fischer's work was first acclaimed at the 1842 Industrial Exhibition. Lajos Kossuth praised the Herend products on display as "fit for even a prince's table". A year later it was a very same Kossuth who presented the gold medal to Fischer.

Not even the 1843 fire, which caused inestimable damage to the manufactory, could diminish the owner's zeal. On the contrary, crises only brought out the best in him: perseverance, magnanimity and exigency. The owner realized that quality was of utmost importance, and the shift to opulence in form and ornamentation set Herend on a course to world fame. International recognition of the new technical and artistic endeavours came with a series of World Exhibitions starting in 1851. Herend goods received 1st class medals at The Crystal Palace in London. That was also when Queen Victoria ordered a dinner service with a Chinese-style butterfly-and-flower pattern, which is known to the world as the Victoria décor and is to this very day one of the best loved Herend patterns. Orders from distinguished clients and a whole series of gifts underscored aristocratic approval of Herend porcelain: Franz Joseph had his table laid with Herend porcelain, ordered a set for his wife, Queen Elisabeth, for her Gödöllő Mansion, Mór Fischer greeted the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt with Herend porcelain on his birthday; we could also mention Empress Eugénie of France, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, the Shah of Iran, Count Rudolf Apponyi, Count Pál Esterházy or even the Barons Rothschild. He amassed a great many accolades, the most outstanding of which was probably being made a knight of the Franz Joseph Order, receiving the Officer's Cross of the French Legion of Honour and being awarded a patent of Hungarian nobility entitling him to use the name Farkasházy.

Mór Fischer Farkasházy retired to Tata in 1876, leaving the management of the manufactory to his sons. His life's work charted a course that the Herend Porcelain Manufactory follows even in the 21st century.

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