Thursday, July 14, 2011


I couldn't post about children's dinnerware without giving some love to Royal Doulton Bunnykins dishes.

In the 1934 a daughter of the general manager of Royal Doulton, Mary Barbara Bailey, did the original art that was used to manufacture a charming line of nursery dishes featuring bunnies at work and play with borders of the cutest brown bunnies with white tails.  Barbara was a nun, not a professional artist but had grown up drawing the countryside and farm animals she and her six siblings kept.  When her father wanted to use her artwork for childrens dishes permission was granted by her religious order under the condition that neither Sister Barbara or the order profited from the project. 

I first was introduced to these wonderful bunnies when 17 years ago I found a Wendy Schoen book that used the Royal Doulton designs as shadow embroidery designs on a beautiful white organdy dress that I sewed for my now nearly grown niece.   Love these little rows of bunny love.

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