German porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg has been around for a long time. Since the mid 1700s, they've been producing Bavarian porcelain by hand, an art that they continue to practice today. Our favorite items are their animals, whose designs extend from the 18th century to the present. Hella Jongerius created a line of Nymphenburg animal dishes in 2004, but you can also find detailed rhinos first designed in 1770 in their catalog...
• 1 Bowl with Fawn by Hella Jongerius, designed 2004
• 2 Bowl with Hippopotamus by Hella Jongerius, designed 2004
• 3 Painted Peacock by Theodor Kärner, designed 1906
• 4 Clara Rhinoceros by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, designed 1770
• 5 English Bulldog by Konrad Schmid, designed 1929
• 6 Mouse from Flowers of Life by Sebastian Menschhorn, designed 2007
• 7 Lying Stag by August Göhring, designed 1939
• 8 Weasel by Theodor Kärner, designed 1911
• 9 Elephant by August Göhring, designed 2002
• 10 Raven by Wilhelm Neuhäuser, designed 1911
These hand-made items don't come cheap. In Chicago, you can purchase Nymphenburg pieces at Elements and Nymphenburg USA, where prices range from the low hundreds into the several thousands of dollars.