Antiques column with William Wilson

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It is quite amazing the range of items people collect, children’s china is just one such collectors field.

How often have you come across bowls, plates, cups and the like with decoration incorporating dogs, rabbits and cartoon characters, for example?

This rare Bunnykins jug realised �950 at auction.

This rare Bunnykins jug realised �950 at auction.

One argument for children’s china is it encouraged children to eat what was on their plate; “once you had eaten up your greens, a familiar face or scene would be revealed as a reward”.

19th Century children’s china often included sayings of advice and nursery rhymes. 20th Century children’s china was less serious often depicting popular children’s characters.

Children’s china was produced by a whole host of manufactures including Royal Doulton.

An Alice in Wonderland tea set, produced by Royal Doulton, was first produced in 1906 and was still available in the 1930s. Most people, when thinking about children’s china, link it to Bunnykins.

Bunnykins china, the creator being Sister Mary Barbara, had more than 60 designs by 1939.

Bunnykins china was still produced in the UK until 2005.

It is now produced in Asia.