The first bunny we made was a little velveteen rabbit which was held by 'Michael' - the little boy in footed pajamas from the Babes in Toyland series. The first RJW bunny that was a stand-alone item was none other than 'Peter Rabbit' - the cornerstone of our Beatrix Potter collection. From there our rabbits have multiplied and changed and it's difficult to narrow it down to 5 favorites. Since we're currently in production on 'Plunk, Hop, and Wobble' we will remove them from competition. Therefore, of the RJW bunnies that have been produced, here are my faves:
#5 Peter Cottontail
This was an interesting project because author Thornton Burgess was a true conservationist. Everyone knows the bouncy tune associated with his iconic character, but there is no one image to follow. Our version of Peter Cottontail is a handsome rabbit holding a beautiful bouquet of pussywillows and violets and a wrapped paper mache egg. "Hippity, hoppity Easter's on it's way!"
This wonderful bunny was my Easter present from Susan. I knew the moment I saw it that we had to produce it and share it with the world. This was one of our first seated animals and one of the most amazing features was that it doubled as a candy container! The bunny's head comes off to reveal a jacquard-lined cylinder filled with sweets!
#3 The Flopsy Bunnies
This challenging project is one of my all-time favorites. The tall head of leafy cabbage is completely molded out of felt. And on the felt-covered wood base, are six adorable sleeping bunnies! Each of the bunnies are removable and nestle perfectly in the palm of one's hand. The entire piece displays perfectly.
#2 Peter Rabbit in the Gooseberry Net
This piece was the souvenir at a special ticketed RJW meal event. It shows little Peter Rabbit all caught up in the gooseberry net. The coloration of the felt gooseberries is one of my favorite aspects but I also love the way his tiny brass buttons tangle in the netting. It all evokes Beatrix Potter's famous illustration beautifully.
#1 The White Rabbit
I decided to give this iconic piece top-billing. For me it is one of our most successful animal designs. The clothing details are very interesting and creative and the brass and glass pocket watch - engraved with the initials 'RJW' - is a lovely accessory. The White Rabbit sold out quickly and is one of the most eagerly-sought pieces on the secondary market.
New for 2017: PLUNK, HOP & WOBBLE
Meet 'Plunk', 'Hop' and 'Wobble' - a delightful trio of bunnies just in time for Easter! Plunk is in a seated pose, Hop is running, and Wobble is standing. All three are made of the finest Shulte mohair from Germany with artistic airbrushed coloration. Jointed at the neck for playful posing, each bunny has glass pupil eyes, hand-embroidered features, and inset horsehair whiskers. A brass bell is attached to a pure silk ribbon around each bunny's neck. Approximate height: just 5 inches!
Produced in a small edition of 250 pieces, included is the signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.