Designer Hella Jongerius' Nymphenburg Sketches series features enchanting sculptures of small animals sitting in the middle of white porcelain bowls. In the collection, charming animal figurines sit or stand serenely while surrounded by intricate, hand-painted flowers or other nature-inspired patterns.
The series was commissioned by Bavarian porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg, which has been in business since the 18th century. The delicate floral patterns that wrap around the animal figurines are based on historic, traditional designs from the company's archives.
The shallow, decorative bowls are ideal for using as dresser-top trinket dishes to catch jewelry or other small items, but they can add a touch of sophistication to any living space. The variety of animals Jongerius artfully incorporated into her pieces is fascinating. With her touch, even snails and frogs transform into regal figures you'd want to decorate your home with.