As much as the strength of porcelain is celebrated, the wrong trajectory as a piece falls out of an artists hand can still yield broken shards. A natural hazard of life at the Herend manufactory has consequently inspired the dramatic Tesserae Tortoise (available in a limited edition of 250). Taking its name from the small pieces of stone, glass or ceramic used in mosaics, thirty-eight different Herend patterns create a mosaic-like composition on the tortoises shell. A crossroads of east meets west and past & present: four chinoiserie patterns anchor the center stripe of the turtles back while flanking the center tile featuring the Svres Petites Roses pattern which takes inspiration from French artistry. A medley of fruits and flowers dance around the rest of the shell. The tortoise himself is painted in the new, complementary key lime fishnet which draws out the subtle nuances of the many greens. It takes 5 different Herend artists a combined total of 19 hours to paint the entire figurine.