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Jung-Koch-Quentell Chart Love

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.

I 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?

To 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.

[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!]

(images from ballard designs, hagemann, at:ny, and martha stewart living)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts on March 11, 2007

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  1. Kate F. commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:27am

    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

  2. decor8 commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:31am

    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!!!


  3. Courtney commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 3:07am

    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…

  4. Danica in DC commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 4:42am

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

  5. Sarah commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 9:19am

    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?

  6. -Suzie- commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 1:17pm

    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.

  7. Jeniffer commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 1:23pm

    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!

  8. susan commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 1:33pm

    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!

  9. Jessica commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:22pm

    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!

  10. CC commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 2:28pm

    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!

  11. pinkbathtub commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 3:51pm

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

  12. robin commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 4:02pm

    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…)

  13. casapinka commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 4:13pm

    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.

  14. becky commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 4:35pm

    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:


  15. Lorelei commented
    March 12th, 2007 at 8:45pm

    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.

  16. the keen eye commented
    March 13th, 2007 at 12:06am

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

  17. inez commented
    March 13th, 2007 at 3:55am

    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.

  18. muse commented
    March 13th, 2007 at 5:34pm

    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:

  19. muse commented
    March 13th, 2007 at 5:42pm

    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.

  20. lsaspacey commented
    March 15th, 2007 at 2:01am

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

  21. Anonymous commented
    April 3rd, 2007 at 2:25pm

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

  22. Rose commented
    July 15th, 2007 at 2:16am

    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!!!

  23. Andrea commented
    October 29th, 2007 at 8:39pm

    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.

  24. robert coulter commented
    January 4th, 2010 at 11:53am

    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)?

  25. Majka commented
    November 6th, 2012 at 12:34am

    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
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