Mark P. Williamson Stone Sculptor
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Apponyi
Inspired by his travels in China, Williamson in the fall of 2000 conceived and designed an art piece especially for the best European
porcelain makers.  The Herend Porcelain Company of Hungary took an interest in Williamson's ideas, and the Herend Porcelain Bust
series was born.
Williamson's passion and artistic achievements led to his selection as the exclusive designer and architect of the unique Herend
Porcelain bust.   Like nothing ever before seen or created.
In 2004, the bust decorated in the Gödöllõ (red Asian) pattern received an award at the National Ceramics Juried Exhibition in San
Angelo, Texas.  This same piece was selected as the only sculpture to appear on the cover of Art & Antique's 2005 - 2006 "Insider's
guide".
Apponyi is unique, a single-edition proof, and has the following characteristics:
Year:               2002
Weight:            6 lbs
Dimensions:      12.5 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches
Composition:     Hungarian hard-paste Kaolin porcelain
About the pattern:
Fleurs des Indes - the flowers of the East Indies - made the manufactory a favourite supplier with aristocrats at home and abroad, and with kings and emperors.  The
pattern contains a motif of flowers and bowing leaves, springing from a stylized basket.
A pattern derived from Fleurs des Indes was delivered to the great landowner and statesman, Count Albert Apponyi, in the early 1930s.  This pattern combines the
exoticism of the Far East with the confidence and balance of the haute bourgeoisie, taking the main motif of Fleurs des Indes and enlarging it and adding a sense of
bourgeois confidence and refinement to its inimitable Oriental restraint and charm.   Apponyi came from an aristocratic landowning family, and was Minister of Religion
and Public Education in the final year of the Great War.  
Since then, the Apponyi décor has taken on a life of its own, becoming one of Herend’s most popular patterns.  The centrepiece of this simple, restrained pattern is the
stylize peony of the Fleurs des Indes décor.  On the ledge, flower motifs are scattered; separating the two are garlands of stylized leaves.  The Apponyi pattern is
available in many colour variants: green, blue, purple, orange, multi-coloured, black, yellow, lilac and maroon.
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