Sunday, March 31, 2013


As we celebrate Easter this Sunday, I thought I would write about rabbit patterns.  I have already written about rabbits and hares (see my posts on January 22, 23 and 26), so obviously I either like rabbits and their cousins the hares, or rabbits are popular transferware patterns.  I think it is a little of both.

Rabbitware patterns are a mixture of transfer print and stick or cut sponge decoration.   The first plate is printed in brown with three rather angry looking rabbits and one frog.  The grass and the frog are painted over the glaze in green or yellow.  The border is stick sponge decoration (we did this type of printing in kindergarten) in the Virginia Rose pattern.  The second plate shows black printed rabbits as well as frogs and flowers on the border.  The rabbits are well printed, but the frogs and flowers are merely outlines that have been gratuitously painted green over the glaze.  The center is a stick sponge Bullseye Variant pattern. 

Rabbitware is a given name. No one seems to know the manufacturer, but it is known that Rabbitware was made in England from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.  (Some of the later plates are marked "England.")  David Hoexter and I wrote an article about Rabbitware for the 2010 Winter Bulletin of the Transferware Collectors Club.  Follow the link if you want to see more patterns and learn more about this charming ware;

Rabbitware 9 inch plate

Rabbitware 9 inch plate

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