A typical feature of beautiful, hand made decorative and exclusive Zsolnay porcelain tableware is their ivory colour. Zsolnay porcelain is manufactured using special decorative techniques and burned at very high temperatures. Vilmos Zsolnay who took the company over in 1865 was inspired by Chinese porcelain because of its rich and colourful glazing. He spent years of experimenting with raw materials and burning techniques looking for the right combination to develop softer glazing and decoration processes. This new glazing technique is also characterised by a plasticity to its decorative motifs, achieved as a result of the colouring mixed into the porcelain glazing. While these items were originally made of porcelain-faience, a material that combined the best features of porcelain and faience, they are now made exclusively out of porcelain. For the development of the porcelain glazing technology, Zsolnay has been awarded the French Legion of Honour.