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INTO THE WILD: Hermès International is giving its annual tableware collection an exotic theme this year.
The Carnets d’Equateur line of 35 porcelain pieces features the work of the late wildlife artist Robert Dallet, with whom the brand has collaborated many times over the years, notably for its silk scarves.
A bestiary of lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys, parrots and other creatures inhabits the luxuriant foliage on the more elaborate, colorful items in the collection, while others feature simpler sketches on celadon porcelain. Prices for the range, which launches in March, vary from 65 euros, or $70 at current exchange, for a soy sauce bowl to 2,300 euros, or $2,483, for a large vase.
The subject ties in with Hermès’ chosen theme for 2016, which revolves around the natural world.
The brand is also sponsoring an exhibition of Dallet’s work, dubbed “Fierce and Fragile,” benefiting Panthera, an organization promoting the conservation of big cat species, at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., until March 13.