Herend Victoria – What is the meaning of VBO?
The abbreviations of the Herend Victoria design family are representing differences in design. But what are these differences?
The original Victoria design
Why do we call the product Victoria?
Originally The Victoria design was designed by Fischer Mór, founder and owner of Herend Porcelain Manufactory. The design was introduced in 1851, having roots in the oriental fine china designs. The design was first called Kakiemon to represent the oriental roots of the style.
During the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations 1851, or Crystal Palace Exhibition, the first world fair, Queen Victoria fell in love with the design. She ordered a large Herend porcelain set that the factory worked for two years to produce and ship the dinnerware items fully.
Fischer Mór was so proud and grateful that he decided to rename the design after Her Majesty. From now on, we call the design Queen Victoria “VICTORIA”.
You can see the stamp writes the numbers of the form “xxxxx-x-xx VICTORIA”
Nowadays, we also call the decor Museum Victoria, referring to its mid-19th century origin.
VBO – Victoria avec Bord en Or
As the design Victoria represents the design patterns of the 1800s, a new, light design was needed. Customers requested a lighter version of the traditional Victoria design.
Victoria Avec Bord en Or was born.
The new design has the following changes: The butterflies and floral elements are slightly smaller. The colors are getting a much lighter, fresher look.
A new element is being introduced, the gilded edge and golden illustrations.
These days the language for international conversation and relations in Europe was French. This is why most designs have a French name, as they were named in the 19th century, before the first world war.
“Victoria avec Bord en Or” stands for Victoria with Gilded Edge.
Multiple Victoria VBO versions have been rising since then.
VBA Victoria Simple with gilded edge
For some Herend customers, VBO was not simplistic enough. For them, Herend’s master painters designed a simpler, less dense version of VBO.
VBA uses fewer floral elements by number; the plates are more minimalistic. Some painted lines are thinner; the white porcelain dominates the pieces.
However, sometimes it is hard to realize the difference whether we are holding or looking at a VBO or a VBA piece.
» It is advised to check the stamp on the plates what design of Herend product you are looking at.
VA Victoria Simple
The Victoria simple – VA uses the same light design elements as the VBA but has no gilded edges or other golden paint. This can be important for religious reasons or for uses where the gilded lines are not preferred.
WBO – Windsor
Windsor design is named after the castle Windsor, where Queen Victoria used the original Victoria design dinnerware together with Prince Albert (?) The Colors of WBO are the same as the original Victoria design. Dense, heavy dark pastel colors represent the style and art of the late 18th century and early 19th century.
Victoria avec Gold en Or has been created with multiple color variations. As the need for multiple Apponyi – Chinese Bouquet colors – namely 13 colors and a multicolor version, the same is present in the Victoria design. The following colors are available for VBO colored:
- VBOL – VBO Lilac
- VBOJ – VBO Yellow
- VBOH – VBO Orange
- VBOB – VBO Blue
- VBOG – VBO Grey
- VBOP – VBO Purple
- VBOM – VBO Brown
- VBOTQ – VBO Turquoise
- VBOV – VBO Green
Gilded Rose knob as an ornament on top of the teapot.
A new version of VBO appeared in the early 2020s.
- VBO-Y1 Yellow
- VBO-Y2 Pink
- VBO-Y3 Blue
- VBO-Y4 Purple
- VBO-Y5 Oramge
- VBO-Y6 Light Blue
This was a short introduction to the different options of the Victoria design family. But we did not touch on the question of the brand-new redesign of VBO, the Royal Garden design, and the Victoria Grande design.
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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.
In 2018 November, we had the honour to organise a Herend Exhibition in Vienna. Many of our customers and visitors did not have a chance to visit this event. We decided to share this experience with you now, through this article.