Monday, April 11, 2016

A Fabulous Herend Giveaway!

For nearly 20 years I have been an avid Herend collector, so naturally I am thrilled to announce today's giveaway... One lucky reader of The Glam Pad will win this large raspberry fishnet sitting rabbit, with retail value of $910! He’s a cutie, yes?  Hand painted with 24kt gold accents, of course.

Enter below to win this Herend bunny! 

Whether you’re an established collector or just starting out, I thought it would be fun to learn more about the history of the Herend fishnet figurines we have come to know and love.

Located in the village of Herend, Hungary, Herend porcelain has been produced since 1826. Each piece is entirely hand painted. The fishnet figurine design originated in 1858 when a Herend artist discovered an obscure Chinese porcelain plate with a fish scale design. He modified the design and incorporated it onto a rooster’s breast to imitate feathers, with the rest of the body painted in natural coloration. Thus began a new tradition, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that an animal figurine was painted entirely in fishnet from head to toe, becoming the Herend trademark.

Herend was officially introduced in the United States in 1957, and the fishnet figurines were brought to the U.S. marketplace in the 1960s, quickly earning a loyal following.  Famous Herend collectors include American Presidential Families (Kennedy and Reagan), the House of Habsburg, the King of Belgium, the Royal family of Thailand and Spain, and English Royal Family dating back to Queen Victoria. Princess Diana delighted to find it in her annual stocking. Collectors also include famous celebrities such as Celine Dion, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A Herend figurine can take up to 16 hours to paint by hand. Every piece is hand painted by an artist who has trained for at least three years before they are qualified.  Herend artists must be disciplined perfectionists to hand paint the intricate design to fit the contours of each individual figurine. The finishing touch is the artist’s personal identification number authenticating that it is an original piece of Herend porcelain art. 

Whether you limit yourself to collecting one color... 

or you prefer to mix and match...

These bunnies are addictive... and they have a habit of multiplying. Enter below to win this one! The winner will be announced next Monday.

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15 comments:

  1. You are talking to a Hungarian here and I have some Herend china from my grandmother, we went back to Budapest 3 years ago and i loved seeing it in the shops. Great post, K

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  2. Gorgeous! What a fun giveaway. Love the pink bunnies.

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  3. Beautiful and thank you for Herend 101

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  4. What a generous and gorgeous giveaway!

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  5. What a Fantastic giveaway!!!!! Love the intro too!Thank you Andrea!

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  6. Just discovered your blog today. Love it! And love the Herend bunny. I would be thrilled if I were the lucky one. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. I have a small collection of pink Herend figurines so naturally I adore the big bunny!! Love Herend.

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  8. I can always count on The Glam Pad for a great post! Now, a great giveaway. Thanks Andrea and Herend!!
    Sharon

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  9. Oh my goodness...I LOVE Herend and have a huge collection....I would love to add this bunny to the mix!! Thank you, Andrea, for the fabulous giveaway! xoxo

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  10. Awesome, and I also have several pieces....it all started with my wedding:) Amazing giveaway, thank you Andrea!

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway! I love this cute as a button Herend Bunny! Love your blog and its daily dose of vivid colors.

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  12. Would love to win! I have a blue Herend bunny that was passed down to me when my grandmother passed away, would be awesome to start a bunny collection.
    I once went to the store in Budapest was an experience for a Herend lover.

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  13. So beautiful! The pink would look lovely in my office!

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