Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection

Hermés X Robert Dallet: Carnets d’Équateur Porcelain Collection

Hermés is known for translating their luxury aesthetic into many facets of design including fashion, accessories and tableware. Today we take a closer look at their  Carnets d’Équateur Porcelain Collection, that serves a homage to wildlife artist Robert Dallet and his longstanding collaboration with the French house.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection, wild life, tea cup, coffee cup, gold rim, panther, leopard

The collaboration between the two began over 30 years ago when Jean-Louis Dumas (Hermés’ chairman and artistic director until 2006) was intrigued with Dallet’s depictions of the animal kingdom.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection

Robert Dallet devoted his life to drawing animals from every continent of the globe, from pumas and ocelots to elephants, parakeets and ibis.

Robert Dallet illustration for Hermes tableware or homeware

He made sketch after sketch, tirelessly observing the captivating carnival that unfolded before him, studying every element of their habitat – trees, vegetation, landscapes.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration

This fascinating collection, which was displayed in the natural history museums of Rouen then Paris, was his life’s work. It comprises eighty plates depicting every species of felid, including those no longer extant, sometimes reconstructed from nothing more than a blurred photograph or a scrap of fur.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection

Every blade of grass and detail of feather or fur have been translated onto the porcelain canvas to form a warm and cool composition. His visual acuity and the precision of his line express the love and respect that motivated him.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection

Bountiful nature, strikingly life-like fur, his innate and continually honed sense of movement and setting make these plates an irreplaceable record of the animal kingdom.

Hermés tableware featuring Robert Dallet illustration, called Carnets d'Équateur Porcelain Collection

 

 Photos © François Lacour and Designboom