Rare and Limited Herend Patterns

At Herend every piece of porcelain is unique. Yet there are some designs that every Herend enthusiast knows very well because of their famous owners.

Victoria avec Bord en Or (VBO) is based on a classical design that was made popular by Queen Victoria. However the pattern Queen Victoria used is actually called “Queen Victoria” but has been modernized to become VBO. What is interesting to note is that Queen Victoria first saw and purchased this design at the Great Exhibition held in the United Kingdom in 1851 at that time the “Queen Victoria” pattern was called “Kakiemon” as it was renamed later, to commemorate her later on. 


Victoria avec Bord en Or tea set

Victoria avec Bord en Or tea set


The decors Apponyi and Indian Basket

Apponyi green coffee set

Apponyi green coffee set

Apponyi, or Chinese Bouquet is also a redesign. Originally Count Apponyi ordered a dinner set for 60 people, painted with Indian Basket design. He wanted the set fast, as he had an upcoming gala dinner, where he wanted to impress the guests with a brand new Herend set. Herend did not have enough free painters at the time, therefore the head of painters came up with an idea. He proposed, a new, minimalistic version of Indian Basket. Apponyi accepted, the fresh looking design. This design was named Apponyi, or Chinese Bouquet, one of the most sold Herend designs for coffee sets and dinner sets.

Apponyi espresso cup colour variations

Apponyi espresso cup colour variations


Vintage Patterns

There are some patterns that were produced a very long time ago. Some designs were ended since the 1850’s.  The main reason is as follows. Since then, people have changed a lot and have also changed their design interest and taste. Of course some patterns will stand the test of time and will never go out of fashion, while others might seem dated or out of style and need to be replaced. When a pattern is considered out of style, Herend does not produce it by default. Remember, Queen Victoria pattern is produced continuously since 1851, and was never considered out of style. Also,when the resellers stop ordering a certain pattern, Herend will not pressure the continuation of the production of that particular design.

Still, if you want to order a discontinued pattern, you can ask for it. Herend has all the old plans stored. Except when he doesn’t. The artists of Herend will look up the plans of the design, and will paint it for you. To learn more about special ordering you can contact us directly: sales@theherendexperts.com

The surprising fact is that it does not cost you any extra fee. So you can have the replacement or the set you wanted.


Limited Edition Patterns 

There are very precious unique designs hidden from the customers. These are the limited edition patterns that are already sold out.

Many collectors are looking for limited versions only as they can be brought to auctions with a determined quality. 

Herend has various levels of limited edition manufacturing. Depending on the design and the product of the rare item it can be limited to a certain number of pieces such as:

  • Limited to 15 pieces
  • Limited to 25 pieces
  • Limited to 150 pieces

These patterns are offered by Herend only as long as the limit is reached. Afterwards, Herend will not sell you a new set.

On the back of the limited porcelain there is a serial number “14/25” in case of a 25 piece limitation. You also receive a printed certificate that states the:

  • Time of creation
  • Amount of limitation
  • Serial of your item

What if one of the cups or plates are broken? In this case you need to take care of the broken pieces. To have the right to order a replacement, you need to send the broken pieces back to us. Then, you can order a replacement item.  These regulations are quite serious at Herend.

Beautiful Ladies - Limited coffee set

Beautiful Ladies – Limited coffee set

Beautiful Ladies - Limited to 15 pieces

Beautiful Ladies – Limited to 15 pieces

Waterfowl: Limited to 25 pieces

Waterfowl: Limited to 25 pieces


Personal Patterns

Can I have my own personal design?

Did you know you can have your own pattern made as well? For example, if you want to have your family coat of arm on a cup or plate, or a whole unique ornamental decoration this is no problem at all. You can order it through us! You can read more about How to Order a Personal Design by the link provided here. What is important is that you can ask Herend not to sell your design to anybody for 5 years. After 5 years, the pattern will be free for anyone to order. Of course, you can ask for a longer period, but in this case, you have to have a personal agreement with the company.

Kings and queens have sometimes even lifetime unique purchase rights for a specific design. Not only tea or coffee sets, but vases or statues can be ordered this way.

You can order, for example, a standing vase (125 [cm]) with your own decoration. This is a unique offer as no one can order the same.


Contact us with your questions

Of course you have further questions, what pattern goes the best with which form. We are happy to answer you!


Further readings

Read our blog posts for a better understanding of Herend Porcelain.

  • Serving dishes of Herend Porcelain Manufactory - Dinner sets

    The following is a brief summary, what you have to know in order to order a Herend porcelain dinner set.

    The first famous dinner set was ordered by Queen Victoria in 1851 at the World Fair. Intrestingly she did not lay the table with Herend plates for diplomats, but only for family.

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  • Cake Stand 2 Tier 308-0-91 ATQ3-PT Apponyi Turquoise pattern. Herend fine china hand painted

    The past few days we’ve visited the Manufactory of Herend in Hungary. It is always a miracle to return to the hometown of the European White Gold. We met the Manufactory leaders, had some words with the painters, and also discussed some of our new ideas with the management. This is a great moment to say a few words about the start of the Manufactory.

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  • Herend Elephant Collectors

    Herend porcelain ware, dinner, coffee, and tea sets are very popular not just among everyday people but famous people, like celebrities and royal families as well. Those who like style, uniqueness, affordable luxury, and traditional or modern-style porcelain ware, prefer investing in a long-lasting, quality porcelain set. The below royal personalities and celebrities also have – at least one – set of Herend porcelain ware at home.

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