Ceramic, painted, glazed
One of the most prominent items on the Passover table is the seder
plate. Decorative seder plates were crafted from varied materials.
Ceramics was a popular medium, although the fragile nature of ceramics
has left few extant examples. In Hungary, Herend was the firm that crafted
the finest painted porcelin and pottery; this factory was founded by a
Jew in the mid 19th century. Only a few pieces of Jewish work are known
from this prestigious firm, the equivalent of Meissan in Hungary. The
floral design on this plate was first used in the 19th century, although
this example shows the continuation of the tradition into the 20th century.
Such plates are exceedingly rare. The Hebrew inscription around the rim
records the words indicating the various ritual actions performed at the
D. 35.5 cm