The endpapers in this book have been recreated from those used by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, in an earlier book he wrote, typeset, printed, and bound for publishers Way & (Chauncey) Williams of Chicago, called By the Candelabra's Glare. Baum's endpaper are reported to have been taken from wallpaper used in the Wright-designed Chauncey Williams house....(p. 2)
The Chauncey L. Williams House is located at 530 Edgewood Place, River Forest, Illinois.
The house was scaled to accommodate Williams's height: he was six feet four inches tall. With money inherited from his father, he started a publishing firm Way and Williams. He knew attorney Clarence Darrow and Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen along with bookseller George Millard who were all Wright clients. (p. 282)
I'm still waiting for someone to give Baum's axis mundi symbolism its due: The tornado, Dorothy starting in Kansas, which was then the geographical center of the United States and ultimately arriving at the geographical center of Oz. The four kingdoms of Oz with their color-coding and the Emerald City in the center -- emerald is traditionally associated with the axis mundi (which may also be why Aragorn insisted that Bilbo include an emerald in his poem about Earendel, another otherworld journey.)
I have no great confidence that the Disney people will have aimed any higher than "adventure story with steampunk touches" -- but if they've mined Baum deeply enough to include the porcelain people, one never knows. ~ Cory Panshin.
The new film does have a porcelain person.