Some dishes and tableware give it all away. Hand painted picture of a giraffe? They let you see it all in one go. But London-based China artist Yvonne Ellen has a more modest philosophy: her hand painted, bone China pieces never reveal everything. Want to see the entire mongoose? You’ll have to get both the plate and the saucer dish!

Bone china, a soft-paste porcelain, has been defined as “ware with a translucent body containing a minimum of 30% of phosphate derived from animal bone and calculated calcium phosphate.” It is known for being particularly strong and chip resistant.

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