Green rabbits, blue rabbits, fawn rabbits, pink rabbits – over a period of nearly 50 years from the mid 1930s, SylvaC potteries, founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 1894 by William Shaw and William Copestake, turned out rabbit figurines at a rate to rival their natural breeding habits.
Collectors prefer the pre-1970s designs, finished with a matt glaze, over the glossy later output, and the green bunnies are most commonly seen. They come in all shapes and sizes, from snub-nosed bunnies and lop-eared rabbits to Harry the Hare; and from the tiniest fancies (just 5cm high) to 25cm-high colossal cottontails. But be warned – you won’t be able to stop at just one.
SylvaC 1930-40s ‘snub nosed’ bunnies: large green, £60-75; medium green, £40-50; small blue, £45-55, all available from Darlington Antiques Centre