Fertile Garden Woodgrain Platter
When creating a copper engraving from an existing picture, it was quite common for 18th centuray engravers to attach the image with tacks or small nails to a pin-board in front of the worktable. It is this moment that has been captured in the décor "Woodgrain with Landscapes and Gold Edge". The "sheets" depicting the landscape are partially torn at the edge, as the sheets from which one copied in the workshop would also be worn from repeated use.
Hella Jongerius chose a modest snail #483, designed by Wilhelm Neuhäuser (1910), to compliment the ornate decoration from the Korb dinnerware pattern #1419 (designed in 1770).
The Hippopotamus is draped in a cloak of blossoms from dinnerware pattern #2609.
Hella Jongerius chose the decoration from guinea hen #454, designed by Theodore Karner (1909) to cover a Fawn #345, also designed by Theodore Karner (ca. 1900-1914).
Hella Jongerius chose the Cardinal bird #304, designed by Anna Soennecken-Beckmann (ca. 1910-1914), and covered it with the decoration from Empire coffee pot form #925 (ca. 1830).