KALEIDOSCOPE TORTOISE 8.75"L X 3"H Limited Edition Size = 100 Was there perhaps a detail of that famous race between the tortoise and hare that was never made public? Certainly, everyone knows that the cocky confidence of the hare led to his undoing but did the tortoise use more than just his steady approach to outwit his racing partner? Physical evidence would seem to indicate that the tortoise also prevailed by distracting his opponent with his vividly painted shell. One could almost feel empathy for the hare since the kaleidoscope treatment on the shell with its pretty swirls and bright colors would certainly sidetrack even the most focused of individuals (so what chance the hare). Alas, these days the tortoise would rather pose than discuss his victory so the facts of that fateful day will never truly be known.
Herend hand crafts porcelain dinnerware and home accessories adorned in a variety of hand painted patterns. Favorite patterns in the U.S. include Queen Victoria, introduced in 1851 and named for her royal majesty after she purchased a large set for Windsor Castle; Rothschild Bird, created for the European banking family in 1860 to portray a legend about Baroness Rothschild losing her pearl necklace in the family garden; and Chinese Bouquet, designed in 1930 for Hungarian Count Albert Apponyi . From the very beginning, Herend’s animal figurines painted in a fishnet design took the U.S. by storm. Now, over 50 years later, the ranks of enthusiasts clamoring for figurines in the signature Herend fishnet pattern continue to multiply.