Imre Schrammel, who served as artistic advisor to the Herend manufactory for a time, was inspired to design the carnival figurine series after experiencing Venetian Carnival first-hand. Schrammel, a world-renown ceramic artist, described the collaborative process with the Herend artists who bring to life his craft as that of a composer who has his work performed by a superlative orchestra. Similar to the Venetian revelers whose costumes become more elaborate every year, Schrammel has an appreciation for what Herend artists can accomplish using his Carnival series as a blank canvas. This year, the mysterious man and the enigmatic woman have been transformed into a walking celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Queen Victoria pattern. Dramatic green stripes highlight peonies and butterflies while only a tell-tale scarf hints at the reveler behind the mask.