|Mark P. Williamson Stone Sculptor
|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 (Eurasian Dream) 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
Eurasian Dream is unique, a single-edition proof, and has the following characteristics:
Weight: 6 lbs
Dimensions: 12.5 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches
Composition: Hungarian hard-paste Kaolin porcelain
Long before porcelain appeared in Europe, it had been part of life in the Far East. Research suggests that porcelain first appeared in China, during the Sung dynasty (960-
1279). In the Ming dynasty exports of porcelain began to spread across the whole of Asia, and in 1557 blue and white porcelain was shipped to Portugal in Portuguese
ships from the port of Canton. The widespread availability and popularity of porcelain in the rest of Europe came about as a result of the activities of the Dutch East India
Company. After that Europe began feverishly to imitate the Chinese, trying to manufacture porcelain to a similar high standard. Following numerous experiments,
European porcelain is born at the beginning of the 18th century.
Patterns and styles were definitively Chinese in inspiration, and this soon became the dominant design paradigm in all the porcelain manufactories of the period. Herend
was no exception to this rule. The master craftsmen at Herend were keen to experiment, with the distinctive Herend chinoiserie style emerging as a result.
About the pattern:
The Gödöllô pattern dates from the early 1850s, modelled on an original Chinese teacup kept in the Herend museum. This richly-decorated pattern creates a strikingly
Oriental effect. Its main elements are stylised tree trunks and flower motifs placed on a striped background, alternately brick-red and colourless. Mandarin figures and
other stylistic changes have been employed in the handle in a way which tastefully adds to the Chinese original. The striped background is painted with geometric
precision, and it is this which makes this pattern one of the most decorative of all Herend’s chinoiserie designs.
The pattern originally bore the name “Siang Rouge”, but when the Emperor Franz Josef ordered a set for his wife, the Empress Queen Elisabeth, to go in their summer
palace at Gödöllô, the name was changed. The same basic design painted in yellow instead of red goes under the appellation Siang Jaune.