Kolozsvár / Cluj
Vilmos Fischer de Farkasházy in Tata in 1839. Similar to his siblings, he also took part in the management of his father’s factory in Herend: he was in charge of the painting division. After the success of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867, he transferred his operations to Cluj/Kolozsvár. From 1874 through 1900 he successfully managed his company headquartered at Jókai Street in Cluj. In his choice of decorative patterns he remained faithful to his paternal legacy; he excelled primarily in the painting of Far-Eastern motifs. On the occasion of the 1896 Hungarian Millennial Exhibition, Vilmos Fischer de Farkasházy represented Transylvania’s industry. He played also an eminent role within the Jewish congregation: he was the founder of the Israelite Congregation of Cluj/ Kolozsvár and served as its President until his death in 1921.
Seder Plate from the manufactory of Vilmos Fischer de Farkasházy, Cluj. Cubash was their most popular pattern, as proven by a Seder Plate dating from 1896.
Footed Seder Plate , with mark: “from the porcelain manufactory of Vilmos Fischer, Kolozsvár, 1881.” Vilmos Fischer made this plate on the influence of Chinese porcelains. In the center of the plate, the text of Ha lachma anya is inscribed together with the words Pesach, Matzo and Maror. The base is adorned with two images, one showing ritual hand washing, the other the recital of the Haggadah. Interestingly, Vilmos Fischer puts the participants of the Seder celebration into a Chinese setting.Porcelain Seder plateKolozsvár, today: Cluj, 1881Hungarian Jewish Museum 64.417
Ornate Vase from the Cluj/Kolozsvár Manufactory of Vilmos Fischer, decorated with a painted portrait of his father, Mór.Ornate VaseKolozsvár, today:Cluj, after 1880Hungarian Jewish Museum 64.428
Miklós Farkasházy, great-grandson of Mór Fischer de Farkasházy, painter, graphic artist (1895-1964). An etching, made by him in 1926, depicts the family home, called Wolfshaus in Tata.Farkasházy Miklós: Family house in Tata. etching, 1926Hungarian Jewish Museum 75.5