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Vintage Herend Porcelain Figurine - Death of Cleopatra - $350 (Antique Row)

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1500 South Broadway near E Florida

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Hendren Hungary
size / dimensions: 10 H x 4.75 x 3.50

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The Herend Porcelain Manufactory was founded in 1826 by Vince Stingl in the village of Herend near Lake Balaton. This was located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now in Hungary. Manufacturing fine china porcelain ware started in 1839 and hasn’t been stopped. Since the first World’s Fair in London – where Herend won a gold medal – the factory has had the patronage of royal and noble families. The manufactory was introduced to the public at the first World’s Fair, gaining worldwide attention and fame. In 1993 the factory was privatized, and now is 75 percent owned by its employees. The Herend Porcelain Manufactory now exports to over 60 countries.

This marked piece depicts the death of Cleopatra by suicide, allegedly by the bite of a venomous snake. It is a beautifully done, typical Herend piece. It has clean, smooth lines and soft milky colors. The fact that the snake is not just attached around her arm, but separated from it, speaks to the detail and artisanship of the piece. Her fingers are delicately articulated. Her face and the piece overall is very finely detailed.

From surface to raised elbow, she measures just under 10 inches tall. The base measures 4 ¾ x 3 ½ inches.

The mark underneath is in blue ink. It states, “HEREND HVNGARY/HANDPAINTED” with the Herend shield. This mark tells us the piece was made since 1976. Based on where I obtained it, I am confident it was most likely in the late 1970s.

This piece is in excellent vintage condition. It is perfectly clean. Even with the delicate details of the snake and her fingers, I find no chips, rubs, nicks, cracks, chips or crazing. The paint is perfectly done. I find no flaws on it.

This piece can be admired and purchased at the address in the listing.

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