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Such playful naturalistic decors were en vogue on coffee and tea services in the middle of the 18th century, when insects in their diversity and beauty were first given attention. Maria Sibylla Merian's "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium", a milestone in book art and entomology, provided the template for this. Her eye for the finest details is particularly fascinating, which was modelled in the porcelain decor in keeping with the style.