ROYAL DOULTON 'Bunnykins' Beaker - Vintage Signed Rare
Description: Without handles. On the base printed Bunnykins carrying Royal Doulton emblem AND Lion wearing crown standing on top of crown.
Signed under main picture Barbara Vernon.
Side 1 - rabbit sitting in armchair reading 'The Times' newspaper.
Side 2 - rabbit playing golf
Inside the rim the of the beaker the 'chasing rabbits' - usually seen externally denoting Bunnykins.
The chinaware line originated with artwork by Mary Barbara Bailey, the daughter of Cuthbert Bailey, general manager of Doulton during the 1930s. Unbeknownst to the public, Mary Barbara Bailey was not a professional illustrator, but a nun in the Augustinian Canonesses of the Lateran.
Introduced in 1934, Bunnykins tableware depicted Mr. and Mrs. Bunnykins and other rabbits dressed in human clothing, in colourful rural and small-town English scenes, transfer-printed on white china. The earliest pieces, signed by Vernon, are quite rare and highly prized. Bunnykins china was used by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret and thus became a popular present given as christening and birthday gifts in middle-class English homes.
Barbara Vernon Bailey was the daughter of Cuthbert Bailey who succeeded his father as managing director of Royal Doulton in 1925. As a child, she sketched drawings of the countryside and animals kept by her four brothers and two sisters at their home in Shropshire, largely inspired by her father's exciting bedtime stories about wild foxes and rabbits, particularly featuring John Thomas Foxy.
Condition: Good for age apart from hairline crack around 1/3 of the base.
SKU PH165 454