For a manufactory with a rich, creative catalog, it takes a special pattern to become the grand dame among the many beautiful offerings of Herend porcelain. However, along with Queen Victoria, Rothschild Bird has risen to this venerated position and it is only fitting that an entire year is dedicated to celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Rothschild Birds history is directly intertwined with that of the manufactory. In 1845, Mr Fischer (the second owner of the manufactory) was able to secure a large loan from the House of Rothschild (a famous banking family) in Vienna. This loan was significant in that it allowed Fischer to expand the factory and increase production considerably. As a sign of respect and his pride in winning their patronage, it was common for Fischer to name patterns after eminent customers. With the House of Rothschild, it would take a few years, but not only was Fischer able to pay homage to his patron but the pattern itself was inspired by a story from the family.
The story reveals how one day Baroness Rothschild went for a stroll in her garden in Vienna and lost the pearl necklace she was wearing. An exhaustive search by her staff yielded nothing. A few days later, a gardener noticed the birds were excitedly chirping and fluttering around something and he went over to investigate. That is when he discovered the birds had taken a liking to the Baroness necklace which was caught on a tree branch.
In 1860, this story inspired the creation of the Rothschild Bird pattern which was so well-received that soon similar bird designs were being produced by almost every major European porcelain manufacturer.
With this introduction we celebrate Rothschild Bird and all of its many moods with a covered urn featuring all 12 motifs as well as all of the border colors that have been presented over the years. Available in a limited edition of 250, the urn is inscribed with a special commemorative anniversary logo which reads Rothschild Bird 150th Anniversary.