With Easter fast approaching, I’m showcasing my Beatrix Potter figurine collection of Peter Rabbit and friends.
There were three main producers of figurines; Beswick, Royal Albert, and Border Fine Arts. My collection of 18 porcelain figures were all made by Beswick.
In 1948, Beswick produced the original group of ten figurines from the author’s beloved series of children’s book. They proved quite popular, and by 1977 there were characters from all of Beatrix Potter’s tales.
Over 75 different porcelain figurines created in all. Each is based on Beatrix Potter’s classic, watercolor illustrations.
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Classic Children’s Tales
As most of you know, Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist. She is best known for her children’s books featuring animals. In 1902, her first book was published.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit was expanded from an illustrated letter. She went on to publish more than 20 tales and collections. I’m sure many of you have at least one of the little books at home?
Here, Mr. Benjamin Bunny is giving his son a spanking for venturing into Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Included in the first ten figurines of the series were reader favorites such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.
Easter Basket Stuffers
Beginning as a young adolescent, I received a Beatrix Potter figurine in my Easter basket each year. Others were birthday and Christmas presents.
Lady Mouse was the first Beatrix Potter figurine I received for Easter. She’s my all-time favorite! I love how she’s holding a hand mirror in elegant attire, with a dainty toe peeking out,
A beautiful illustration of Lady Mouse appears in Beatrix Potter’s Christmas story, The Tailor of Gloucester (1903). She is briefly imprisoned under a teacup by hungry Simkin, the tailor’s cat.
Two other classic Beatrix Potter felines are Tom Kitten and Miss Moffet. Each is the title character of one of her tales.
After my first son was born, I displayed the collection on wall shelves in the nursery. Adjacent to the each Beatrix Potter figurine was the corresponding book the character appeared in.
Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes (1917) features a little brown mouse and her friends.
Diggory, Diggory Delvet is one of several characters featured in the little anthology of seven limericks and poems.
Near and dear to my heart is the Amiable Guinea Pig. As a kid in 4-H Club, I raised long-haired guinea pigs.
In, Inca Legacy in Peru Sacred Valley, I explained my dismay at discovering guinea pig is a Peruvian delicacy. While preparing a meal there in an indigenous home, I had seen one in a cage. That made me nervous it would be a part of the menu!
Easter Hunt in McGregor’s Garden
Once the boys each moved into their own larger bedrooms, we transformed the nursery into an office. My Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh collections were packed up and put away for safe-keeping.
After coming across a Peter Rabbit sign kit, I pulled the figurines out of storage and incorporated them into a charming tablescape. Join the Easter Hunt in Mr. McGregor’s Garden yourself.
Of the dozens of tables and centerpieces I’ve shared on Debbee’s Buzz, it’s my all time favorite!
It was only recently that I discovered that Bogey Bunnykins is not a Beatrix Potter figurine. I had never looked on the bottom, until a reader asked what his name was.
Bogey is the same size and scale (about 4 1/2″ tall) as the others. But, he’s made by Royal Doulton and from the Bunnykins book series.
Benjamin Bunny, however, is very definitely a Beatrix Potter hare. He tended to get into a lot of trouble; particularly in McGregor’s garden!
Peter Rabbit at the Table
In addition to my Beatrix Potter figurine collection, I have a Peter Rabbit children’s dish set and sterling silver baby spoon.
Someday I hope to use it when grandchildren come to visit and pass it down in the family.
Younger son will inherit the engraved silver spoon with his name, date of birth, height and weight.
Each porcelain plate, bowl and cup includes illustrations and text from the classic children’s story.
More Mice Tales
In The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1903), Hunca Munca lives in a mousehole with her husband, Tom Thumb, and their children.
Another of my favorites, this Beatrix Potter figurine is one of two styles featuring Hunca Munca. She holds a broom in another version.
The Tale of Mrs. Tiddlemouse (1910) features a woodmouse who lives in a “funny house” of long passages and storerooms beneath a hedge.
Her toad neighbor, Mr. Jackson, lets himself into her parlour, stays for dinner, and searches her storerooms for honey but leaves a mess behind.
Friends, Brothers & a Hedgehog
My college roommate and BFF’s favorite character is Jeremy Fisher.
He and Alderman Ptolemy, a tortoise, are good friends in the Tale of Jeremy Fisher (1906).
In a later story, The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913), a pair of brothers run into trouble when they go to the town market.
Another children’s favorite is The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905).
It’s a delightful story about a little hedgehog washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of England’s Lake District.
I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my Beatrix Potter figurine collection. Which are your favorite stories and characters?
Time to Hop Along
Today, twenty-four bloggers share Easter is on its Way ideas and inspiration. Head on next to visit with Carol to see how she added touches of spring to her Red Painted Cottage.
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