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Family at breakfast

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1937 - 1952 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vernon, Barbara (designer)
    Doulton Ceramic Factory (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Daphne Pearce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bunnykins is one of Royal Doulton’s most famous lines of children’s table ware and figurines. It was used by the Royal Princesses Elisabeth and Margaret, which helped with its popularity. It is often gifted to a child as a christening present.

The Bunnykins range was introduced in 1934, the characters were created by Sister Mary Barbara (born Barbara Vernon Bailey), a young nun who taught English at a convent school. Barbara’s father worked at Doulton and was instrumental in the development of this series; he appears as a character in some of the scenes.

The scenes are of Mr and Mrs Bunnykins and other rabbits dressed as little people, set in rural England, each scene shows everyday events, such as having breakfast, getting married, taking picnics.

Barbara worked with Royal Doulton up until Word War II producing sixty-six scenes. When production restarted after the war, Walter Hayward took over the artwork, he adapted some of Barbara’s earlier work and went on to create his own scenes. Babrara’s name appears on the table ware till the mid 1950s.

Bunnykins is still produced today and the earlier pieces are now highly collectable.

Physical description

A child's cup, decorated using lithographic print transfer. The scene on one side of the cup is of a family at a table having breakfast, the father bunny reading the paper. The other side of the cup shows a scene of the father bunny tipping his hat. The cup has one handle. The manufacturers mark is underneath the cup. It is signed by Barbara Vernon.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (manufactured)


1937 - 1952 (manufactured)


Vernon, Barbara (designer)
Doulton Ceramic Factory (manufacturer)


Diameter: 10 cm, Height: 7.4 cm

Descriptive line

Child's mug, 'Bunnykins' range made by Royal Doulton in Staffordshire between 1937 and 1952




Transfer printing; Technique


Children & Childhood; Food vessels & Tableware

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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