Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. The year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family (interesting considering the list above), artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. In honor of the hopefully calmer upcoming year, let me present the rabbit in some various incarnations.

Tiffany bunny bank

Finn Diamond Rabbit Mask Necklace

Felix Doolittle Rabbit Cove Personalized Ex Libris Medallions

Sesame Letterpress Rabbit Coasters

Thornwillow engraved bunny cards

Raymond C. Yard “Rabbit Waiter” Gem-Set Brooch

Paloma Picasso Chinese Zodiac Rabbit charm

John Derian oblong common hare tray

Michel Design Works Bunnies Cocktail Napkins

Bunny Rabbit Hood Ornament – yes you read right – for the car! It’s cast in bronze and chrome plated and manufactured by the same craftsmen in England who make these for the vehicles of the Royal family!

Albrecht Durer, Hare, 1502

Some rabbit inspired reading for all ages.  Watership Down

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Rabbit Run

Huge French Art Deco painting of Peter Rabbit – 3 ‘ x 7 ‘

Deborah Harry during her time as a Playboy Bunny. (photo via fontanablog)

Rare Minton “Rabbit and Duck Heads” Game Pie Tureen from 1876. Auctioned last October at Sothebys. Estimated value was $30,000 – $50,000

Miranda Thomas cream carved cachepot

Steiff standing jack rabbit from 1929. Sold at auction last year at Christie’s for $2,375

Steiff new Niki rabbit. Limited edition.

Brer Rabbit molasses

Advertisement for Brer Rabbit Molasses, published in a magazine in 1935. It features a recipe for gingerbread that was 100 years old at that time. In case you couldn’t read it:


Rabbit corkscrew with foil cutter.

Rabbit Ridge Syrah

The distinctive Rabbit Hill Inn in Vermont.

Jefferson Airplane performing White Rabbit live on the Smothers Brothers in 1968.


and of course our favorite Bunny

photo by Brooke Slezak

34 thoughts on “Year of the Rabbit

  1. I love rabbits — you have so many great images here! The jeweled rabbit waiter brooch is stunning, what fun! I had the Durer Hare print in my room growing up! What happened to that? What fun to see that shot of Debbie Harry. A wonderful collection!

  2. Love your bunny picks – so hoppingly chic! The personality traits of those born in the year of the Rabbit fit my husband to a tee and that hood ornament reminds me of one of my favorite rabbits growing up – Peter Rabbit!

  3. Great post! I have always loved bunnies! Seeing all these , pure delight. I covet many and am having great fun looking at the sites. I think a few more rabbits will find there way to my home.

    As for Bunny Williams, I concur. Her book, An Affair With A House, full of her collections of bunnies!

  4. Fabulous rabbit gamut – I adore all the representations – especially the Steiff, and Deborah Harry, oh, and Jefferson Airplane with Grace Slick, and that gorgeous pin…. well, yes, I guess I like them all. May these rabbits bring auspicious tidings for a wonderful year for you! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Darling post! The Durer rabbit sits just like our dachshund… a must-click to see the entire art deco Peter Rabbit painting! Just great. ; )

  6. q-
    wait a minute….no bugs bunny here?
    my daughter was born the year of the wabbit and she is just silly that this year is all about the wabbit….she has a bit of a wild hair my gal…lots of spunk and hip-hop too!

  7. What a fun post. When I saw the bunny stationary I immediately thought that would be a fun gift for Bunny Williams, then I spotted the brooch and thought “jewels” in any design are always welcome and then I saw Bunny Williams…fabulous post!

  8. So many bunnies to choose from. The bunny stationary is exceptionally cute and Durer’s rabbit is a classic!

  9. Gorgeous post!
    I missed being born
    under the rabbit by
    a year, but have always
    loved them in design
    and literature : ) What
    a great ensemble you
    have created, here.
    Happy Day,
    xx Suzanne

  10. Lovely post and what gorgeous things you’ve picked. I have a soft spot for rabbits as I had an adorable rabbit with the personality of a dog when I was young.

    The year of the tiger wasn’t so good last year so I’m hoping for a peaceful and happy one this year xx

  11. The one & only year of the rabbit post that I’ve read and it’s just wonderful.
    I’m a bunny kind of girl, but I love the oldies, not the cutesy ones.
    That John Derian tray & the large French Art Deco Peter Rabbit would be so welcome in my home.
    What a nice post : )
    xo Lisa

  12. I LOVED this :) I just learned that this is my year! Never knew I was a rabbit. I checked out what each member of my family is as well. The last part about our fav bunny is awesome!! XO

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