Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Royal Doulton Bunnykins Cup Bowl Plate Tableware Set
Just listed at www.onlineauction.com , as part of the Anything Animal Sale, is a wonderful Royal Doulton Bunnykins Cup Bowl Plate Tableware Set . This is a three-piece child's tableware set, featuring Royal Doulton's Bunnykins. Each item has a different Bunnykins scene, featuring the Bunnykins playing in a park. The single handle cup features bunnies with baby carriages on one side; on the other side is a bunny girl playing/dancing with her bunny doll. The bowl features a scene called "letterbox", with bunnies in the park, and one bunny going to mail a letter. The plate features bunnies rowing in a boat, swimming in the water, and playing on the shore.
Bunnykins items were first made by Royal Doulton in England in 1934. A man named Cuthbert Bailey worked for Royal Doulton as the general manager. Knowing that his daughter was a gifted artist, he asked her to draw some scenes for a line of nursery china Royal Doulton wanted to produce. His daughter, Barbara, drew scenes with charming bunnies dressed as people, in various scenes. Barbara had entered a convent, and her superior did not approve of her drawing for Royal Doulton, so Sister Mary Barbara had to do her drawings in secret. She had to draw her sketches in her convent cell, late at night, by candlelight. This Bunnykins line was very successful, and included figurines and tableware. Production was interrupted during World War II, but it was later resumed. The very successful and popular Bunnykins line continues today, with other artists continuing Sister Mary Barbara's artwork.
Bunnykins nursery or tableware pieces feature a variety of scenes, but all feature the now classic border of running rabbits. This Royal Doulton Bunnykins Cup Bowl Plate Tableware Set is listed as a classic auction, with a starting price of $15.00.
(This set has been sold.)
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