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Bunnykins Warming Plate: C.7 & A-2019

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Bunnykins Warming Plate


Factory: Royal Doulton
Designer: Bailey, Mary Barbara




Cream glazed earthenware, transfer-printed in polychrome with Bunnikins scenes: ‘Apple Picking’, ‘Row Boat’ and ‘Nipped by a Crab’. Mark: Doulton backstamp supported by three rabbits over “BUNNYKINS”/R REGD TRADE MARK’.

Cream earthenware, transfer-printed overglaze in polychrome. Circular with curved sides flaring out slightly towards the rim, with a bulge on the right side linked to an aperture with a cork stopper in a matching bulge in the top of the flat border encircling the deep bowl inside. The domed cover has a circular recess in the middle crossed by a horizontal handle. Its lower edge is unglazed.
The centre of the bowl is decorated with a Bunnikins scene of a group of six rabbits, ‘Apple Picking’, and there are fifteen rabbits scampering round the rim. The cover is decorated on the outside with three Bunnikins scenes: ‘Row Boat’, depicting Mr and Mrs Rabbit and three little rabbits in a boat; one fishing, one trailing a toy boat, and one on its mother’s knee; Nipped by a Crab’, a rabbit in a red jacket holding a shrimping net and having his paw bitten by a crab; and a rabbit in a red jacket riding a black and white hobby horse.


History note: Purchased at Newark Antiques Fair on 20 August 2002 for £70 by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Margaret Cook

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22 cm
Height: 8.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Cook, Margaret H., Mrs


20th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1934 CE - 1940 CE Circa 1945 CE - 1952 CE

Components of the work

Stopper composed of Cork
Cork Diameter 1.7 cm Height 1.2 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
cream Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Doulton backstamp supported by three rabbits
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown and red
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: Below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in gold
  • Type: Registration mark

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label, now discoloured

  • Text: 304 (in red) 20.8.02/£70 Newark Antiques/Fair c. 1940-52/Child's plate & cover. 8"
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red and blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7 & A-2019
Primary reference Number: 227182
Entry form number: 1382
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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