The founders of the Hungarian Jewish Museum took pride in the success of the Herend Porcelain Factory, therefore they sought to acquire a comprehensive collection of their Passover Plates. Interestingly, some of the 19th century Passover Plates in the collection of the Herend Porcelain Museum are but copies of the original plates treasured in the Hungarian Jewish Museum. This matching is not accidental, as throughout its almost two hundred year-history, the Manufactory has always been eager to rely on its artistic traditions. On the basis of traditional motifs and patterns they make unique, handpainted pieces; mass production in the case of Herend is untypical. Nowadays, the old designs are re-applied mostly for special orders and are marked by an SP number.
Herend porcelain Seder Plate from the 19th century, with a family Seder celebration scene in its middle. This depiction was quite familiar for the Jewish community in the second half of the century, as it was a reproduction of a woodcut that was contained in one of the first illuminated printed Haggadot from Venice in 1609. The imagery of the Venice Haggadah were widely copied in later editions, among others in popular Haggadot published in Vienna and Budapest.Porcelain Seder plateHerend, 19th CenturyHungarian Jewish Museum 64.425
Seder Plate from the 1950sPorcelain Seder plateHerend, 1950’sPorcelain Museum, Herend, 67.1535.1
Floral Passover Plate from the 19th century bearing the names of the owners, Simon and Antonia Steiner, on the reverse.
Seder Plate, made ca. 1935Porcelain Seder plateHerend, ca. 1935Porcelain Museum, Herend 67.1536.1
Seder Plate, 19th CenturyPorcelain Seder plateHerend, 19th CenturyHungarian Jewish Museum 64.418
Seder Plate, made ca. 1935Porcelain Seder plateHerend, ca. 1935Porcelain Museum, Herend 66.391.2.1