History of Herend Rothschild Bird Decor

In the 1850—60s it was a common practice to use several hundred or thousand-year-old Far Eastern porcelain decors as a base when creating new European patterns. This applies to the history of the Rothschild Bird decor as well…


Rothschild birds

The Rothschilds Had the World’s Largest Private Fortune

The Rothschild family descends from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who started his banking business in the 1760s. During the 1800s the family possessed the world’s largest private fortune. Several lines of the Austrian branch were elevated to the nobility, and a line from the British branch was given two hereditary titles of Baron and Baronet. After the 19th century, the family’s wealth declined, but the Rothschilds are still present in a different range of fields, such as finance, energy, real estate, farming, and wine.

The Family Fell in Love with the Bird-Patterned Porcelain

The Rothschild family fell in love instantly with the bird-patterned Herend porcelain, thus ordered the collection in the 1850s. The members of the Rothschild family were important Customers and “Patrons” of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory. The bird pattern was named Rothschild Bird decor (RO) in honor of them in 1861.

The Birds Symbolize Love and Relationships

The diverse pattern constitutes of 12 different couples of birds, and it’s the nature lovers’ favorite pattern. The painted birds symbolize relationships, love, and the two sexes finding each other. The couple of birds and the colorful butterflies and little bugs scattered around them create a real nature-like environment. Welsh princess Lady Diana also chooses the bird-patterned porcelain for her wedding reception.

Blue and Green Are the Most Popular Colors

Today’s Rothschild decor can be created using a so-called fish-scale rim in multiple colors. The most popular colors are royal blue (Rothschild Bird Blue RO-ETB decor) and light green (Rothschild Bird Green RO-ETV decor). One of the most joyful and lively patterns is the Rothschild Mayer (ROM) decor with blue, red, purple, and yellow birds and trees. The modern pattern is also available, like Dream Garden (REJA) decor manufactured since 2009. Youngsters and nature lovers are often amazed by these simple but beautiful patterns.

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Rothschild Bird place setting. Blue fish-scale finnish.

Rothschild Bird place setting. Blue fish-scale finish.


Would you be interested in Rothschild Herend Design?

Browse among the Rothschild Bird design fine china. If you are interested in the whole Herend Rothschild Bird decor family, you can also take a look at the various decors.



To see all the Rothschild Bird Herend products, visit the Herend shop – Rothschild Bird section.

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