Herend salt and pepper shakers
Herend salt and pepper shakers are items of kitchenware produced by the Hungarian porcelain manufacturer Herend.
The Herend factory was established in Hungary in 1826 by Vince Stingl, and started out producing earthenware pottery. In 1839 the businessman Mór Fischer took control of the company, in lieu of the debt owed to him by Stingl, and began to develop the porcelain manufacturing side of the company. After creating perfect replacement pieces for the oriental fine china sets of Hungarian Royalty, Herend’s reputation for quality was sealed.
The company exhibited their own designs in a number of high profile international exhibitions including the Vienna Exhibition in 1845, the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York in 1853 and the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
The company came to the attention of a number of high profile clientele, such as Queen Victoria who ordered a large set for her home at Windsor Castle in 1851. During this time the company began producing figurines, and developed the celebrated fishnet pattern for which they became famous.
In 1874 Mór Fischer passed the factory down to his sons, but the next few years saw the company fall into decline as the artistic quality of their products decreased. The business changed hands several times, until 1896 when it was taken over by Jeno Farkasházy, the grandson of founder Mór Fischer.
The company began to bloom once more, winning a number of awards at trade exhibitions across Europe. A display at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair brought the company to the attention of the American market, and in 1948 the company was nationalized by the communist state.
The company opened the Herend porcelain museum in 1964, and became an independent company in 1981. It was incorporated in 1992, and to this day continues to be known for high quality porcelain, figurines, dinner services and tableware.
Collecting Herend salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers are amongst the more popular items for collectors of Herend tableware, due to their small size and the wide variation of styles and patterns. However, prices will depend heavily on both the rarity of the designs and the condition of the pieces.
Single shakers can range from less than $40 to a couple of hundred dollars, with sets (that sometimes include other items such as dinner bells) ranging from $100 to several hundred dollars.