Trophies made of porcelain from Hollóháza will be awarded to the winners of the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia road cycling race, which starts from Budapest on Friday, MTI reports.
Marketing Manager Zsuzsanna Hárshegyi emphasized that it was an honor for the Hollóházi Porcelain Manufactory, which is 245 years old this year, to be asked to “produce the trophies for the stage winners of the world-famous cycling race.”
The Giro winners’ trophy is a traditional-shaped goblet vase, all three handmade with extraordinary care, entirely by hand by master porcelain makers. The floral designs and 21-carat gold painting are also handmade in the Hollóházi Porcelain Manufactory. The hand-painted tulip decorations on the vase are a typical, traditional motif of Hollóháza porcelain.
Trophies made of Hollóháza porcelain for the winners of the Hungarian stage of the Giro d’Italia at the Hollóháza Porcelain Manufactory showroom in Budapest on 2 May 2022. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
“This porcelain prize will be a much-appreciated gift for the winner of the [Hungarian] stage,” said Károly Szita, Mayor of Kaposvár, the starting point of the third and last stage of the competition in Hungary. He stressed that the city is a committed cycling-friendly city, not only because of its infrastructure and support for cycling, but also because of its race organization. For example, last year it hosted the opening stage of the Tour de Hongrie.
This is not the first time in the Manufactory’s history that a trophy has been awarded to a world race winner. For example, Nigel Mansell received a similar trophy as the winner of the 1989 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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