The Herend Porcelain Manufactory was founded in Hungary in 1826, but it became a force in the world of figurines in 1858, when one of the company’s artists took a fish-scale design he’d admired on a Chinese plate and applied it to a rooster figurine to simulate the look of feathers. That simple fishnet pattern became Herend’s signature design, which, in the intervening century and a half, has been applied to hard-paste porcelain cats and dogs, lions and tigers, and all sorts of barnyard animals, including a half dozen or so roosters. While today the most familiar color for the pattern is probably blue, thanks to its popularity in the 1950s, black was the pattern's original and only color.

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