Michel Design Works Hydrangea Design Soap Dish January 09 2014

The Michel Design Works range carries the same designs over to different items, so you can match up bars of soap with the matching soap dish. Soap is always a popular gift because you know it will get used, but if you want  to give them something to keep as well this matching soap dish will be kept for years.  It is made of glass and has the smooth slightly curved shape suited perfectly to keeping a bar of soap under control in a bathroom.

The illustration is drawn from a Victoria botany textbook and shows a purple and a white floret of a hydrangea.  The progressive Victorians were very interested in botany and were impressed by the way the colour of some species of hydrangea, particularly Hydrangea macrophylla would change colour to reflect the pH of the soil in which they were grown.  Some hand written notes are included to evoke the atmosphere of a scientific gentleman's study, where he may well have been completing his monograph for the Royal Society on the plant specimens he has collected from his recent visit to the East.   In addition to the Hydrangea are a couple of other flowers - an anemone and a crocus they look like - and a charming dragonfly.