Arts + Crafts

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart Love

March 11, 2007

A funny thing just happened. After writing about botanical prints yesterday, I couldn’t seem to get my mind off of them. Then while I was in Newburyport today, I stumbled upon an amazing chart by Jung-Koch-Quentell at a home design store there. Immediately when my husband saw them, he explained that they’re from Germany, used since the 1960’s as a teaching aid in school. The one I fell in love with was $179- USD so I walked away because he convinced me that we could find these online in Germany for much less. Love that man.

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart LoveI came home and googled them (in English) and found these at Ballard Designs for $199- USD each. I know, they’re pricey. But they’re made extremely well, printed on canvas, and the top and bottom comes with black wooden dowels to keep it from rolling up, and a ribbon for hanging. They’re large, full-color, gorgeous. Much prettier than online in fact.

But get this. While I was off googling in English, my husband googled in German and found the same ones at Hagemann for under $50,- Euro with free shipping within Germany. If you live elsewhere, contact Hagemann directly. Here’s an online catalog showing their charts. For those of you that cannot read German, they come with the same black wooden dowels, printed on canvas, just as what you see above from the Ballard Designs catalog. What a deal! What a husband!

I’m ordering the one below, top left, showing a metamorphosis. I love the colors, it would be perfect in my living room, so I think that’s where it will go. I also love the one showing the human body. That’s a fun conversation starter, agree?

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart LoveTo get an idea of how these look installed, I pulled these two images eons ago from an AT tour I found, but unfortunately I cannot recall who lives in this great space or where the tour was located on the site. Do you know? Anyway, it helps you visualize how fabulous these charts look in the home.

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart LoveJung-Koch-Quentell Chart Love[update: reader Courtney pointed me to this post, she’s been on the prowl for the print shown over the sofa (below) from the March 2006 Martha Stewart Living magazine. That’s over a year of looking! Anyway, she clicked on the above link to Hagemann and struck gold! Yeah!]

Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart Love(images from ballard designs, hagemann, at:ny, and martha stewart living)


  • Reply Kate F. March 12, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Ooooh, you’ve reminded me of my lost love–a teaching diagram of a tree and its root system that I found at an awesome antiques place on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn a few years ago. It was $150, I was broke, and when I went back figuring that I’d rather have it in 5 years than the $150, it was gone. Sigh.

    I’m off to Argentina for 12 days! Very very excited about the design scene and shopping in Buenos Aires; will report back!

    -Kate in Hanover

  • Reply decor8 March 12, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Have fun in Argentina Kate. For some reason, I knew you were going there. ;) I know, HA HA. ;)

    Yes, let me know all about it. I have to post my links to Buenos Aires, I have some from another reader that went recently, I need to get to that. Let me know what you find!!!


  • Reply Courtney March 12, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Ooooh, great find Holly. I’ve been waiting for one of these to come my way for years. I’ve eyed the ones at Ballard Designs, but decided not to buy them because I thought of them as “chain store art,” but this is much better. Hmmmm…I really don’t have a wall left big enough for them. Maybe in my husband’s home office- a body chart one I would be super cool because he is in the medical device business– off to shop…

  • Reply Danica in DC March 12, 2007 at 4:42 am

    nice. i think the mold spore one is especially beautiful. great find as always.

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Aha! I knew those posters had to be found somewhere else for less! You’ve got a gem of a husband, Holly. But now that I can get such a pretty print for a reasonable price, the question is…should I? and will I?

  • Reply -Suzie- March 12, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    thank you for your great post. I like this idea. I think I will get one or two myself.
    And I am German… living in China.

  • Reply Jeniffer March 12, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful. At first I didn’t quite realize their scale. I have been looking for an anchor piece like that for my bedroom. Very nice find, Holly!

  • Reply susan March 12, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    What IS IT about that color green?? I guess it’s fresh, that’s it. And, paired with orange, a touch of black, and with a calm, soft, sofa, almost kills me. Great find, those at images!

    Several years back, I attended a local antique show, and there was this huge book of antique botanical prints, the actual old book of the prints, which were being sold one by one. I bought 8 and framed them, with some lineny matting, I should have bought more. good stuff!

  • Reply Jessica March 12, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I love the German site. I just ordered a poster. At least I think I did. I don’t speak German at all. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the great link!

  • Reply CC March 12, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    The botanical prints in my home came from a museum calendar I found a few years ago. I took the calendar to my local craft store and had the prints I selected framed. Stylish and inexpensive!

  • Reply pinkbathtub March 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    These are fantastic! I found one with wine grapes that I just love. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply robin March 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    i just left a comment on your other post on these…i didn’t realize you’d found a lot of the info i posted.

    However, I have, in the past, emailed Hagemann repeatedly and gotten NO response, so let me know if you hear from them!!! but they didn’t have that online-purchase site set up back then.

    I just gave one of the mold spore ones to a friend of mine as a present, i have a few damaged ones i bought on ebay a few years ago. they very RARELY come up there.

    I’m really obsessed with these, have been since i bought one back in 1990.

    (btw the botanical MODELS they have on their site are awesome! these are new-ish…)

  • Reply casapinka March 12, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I adore the colors in the one that you bought. The body one, however, has me nervous. Husband sometimes surfs my blogroll (when he thinks I’m not watching) and if I find that anatomy one in my house, I am holding you PERSONALLY responsible.

  • Reply becky March 12, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Holly!

    Victory Vintage is a great place to get vintage school maps, charts, etc. Not as beautiful as these botanicals, but really fun, nostalgic, and oversized:


  • Reply Lorelei March 12, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the German link. I saw the Anthropologie ones a few weeks ago, but was horrified at the price and started googling without luck.

  • Reply the keen eye March 13, 2007 at 12:06 am

    oohhh, thanks for doing the digging. we were just wondering what that print was a few weeks ago! good suggestions.

  • Reply inez March 13, 2007 at 3:55 am

    As someone who rotates art regularly in my home, I will find a way to add a chart to my walls. I’m ordering and I will send you a pic when it’s up.

  • Reply muse March 13, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I absolutely love these. The french ones are called “lecons des choses” and I have two, tea and sugar, that a friend purchased for me at Deyrolle in Paris. Mine are reproductions, but at 18 Euros a piece, they are a bargain. Deyrolle actually has a website, though of course they don’t sell the butterflies online:

  • Reply muse March 13, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    PS It appears as if you *can* order these posters online from Deyrolle– they’ve just updated their website. There are botanicals, pedagogical charts, lecons des choses and more (the menu of posters is on the left). Prices range from 18 to 150 euros, as far as I can see. All in French, many designed and produced by Deyrolle for French schoolrooms in days gone by.

  • Reply lsaspacey March 15, 2007 at 2:01 am

    It’s from AT-Chicago’s first house tour (and my favorite), Amy’s Retro Ravenswood Apartment at

  • Reply Anonymous April 3, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Holly, did you receive your poster or a response yet? I ordered one and have not had any confirmation?

  • Reply Rose July 15, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Hello! No matter how many times I visit this blog, this has got to be one of absolute favorite entries – I just can’t keep from coming back!

    I was wondering, like the above poster, whether or not you have recieved your posters, and if so if you could share with your devoted readers, how they look!

    I would order some myself, but it looks as if the contact box is no longer working on the German site, and I don’t read a dot of French, so can’t muddle my way through the site that a fellow reader has so kindly posted.

    Oh, and Anthropologie has added a few more of these prints they’re selling for a whopping $498.00!!!

  • Reply Andrea October 29, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Hello, I first started buying these posters at flea markets when I lived in Germany. I now have a huge collection, in my store in Charlottesville, VA. All of mine are old and were really used in schools in Europe. Some date back to the 1800’s. They are stunning to say the least. I’m working on a website and will let you know when it’s up and running. In the meantime, visit Posh Home in C’ville.

  • Reply robert coulter January 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I have a few of these hanging in my garage…some of them need repair as the linen backing separates from the wood bar or the paper from the linen ……..any fixes (besided elecrticians black tape)?

  • Reply Majka November 6, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Hi Holly! I first came across these posters in a Melbourne vintage shop and like your husband, checked out the original source to see if it was cheaper from Germany. Alas, it seems as if they only deliver to Germany, Austria, Denmark and Holland:( If there’s an option for international shipping, please do let me know, otherwise I’ll just have to pay double the price.
    Many thanks,
    Majka, New Zealand x

  • Reply Deirdre August 18, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Are the posters form the German site originals or reproductions?

  • Reply Barb June 19, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Is there a way to get the German site translated to English ?

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