Cavorting rabbits, radishes and cabbages. Is it Mr. McGregor’s garden?

Not quite. More like the French version.

These playful plates were patented by Choisy le Roi in 1900 for Higgins & Seiter, premium purveyors of china and glassware in their heyday.

I first came across them when Elise Abrams and I had a fun photography day a few years back, and featured the plates from her private collection. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled ever since for them, and to my delight, I was able to compile a set of six from a few vendors on eBay.

In addition to six different scenes featuring the lively bunnies, there are two mugs. I was able to find two of one type.

I adore those rabbit handles. (Oh yes – the glass is June Pink iced tea). 

The plates comprise a set of six in various playful scenes.

What I first thought were strawberries turned out to be radishes upon closer inspection. You can see the frothy tops of the rather square radishes. The whisker and fur detail on the rabbits is lovely, and the back legs look incredibly realistic.

I keep the linens for table pretty simple – burlap runner and neutral placemats. The lively checked napkins from Pier 1 picked up the country-frolic flavour of the plates.

I’ve had the cabbage tureen for some time, waiting for the right milieu. This was it!

Both the tureen and the salt & peppers are French Garden by Kaldun & Bogle. I picked them up through Houzz a while ago. I see they still have the salt & pepper, but not the tureen.

They do have a rather adorable rabbit, however…

The flatware is Twig from World Market, and coordinates with their Fiddlehead napkin rings.  

The dinner plate and matching cups are an eBay find, and the pattern is Wedgwood Colonial Williamsburg Shell Edged in green.

I used them a while back in the Chintz appetizer pattern by Pier 1, with the same napkins.

Fitzhugh Green by Spode ironstone teapot, sugar bowl and jug coordinates well with the rustic nature of the faience plates.

The detail on the twisted handles is charming, especially for a rather “rough and ready” medium such as ironstone. 

All set for an Easter Breakfast, don’t you think?

Which reminds me – the green container with marmalade is actually an open salt. 

One of these guys. It was the perfect size for marmalade. They’re Opaline Salt Dips from The Source and come in four different colours, including clear.

One more look at the cabbage salt  & peppers. 🙂

And the mug. Happy Rabbit!

Now I’m all hopping ready to start digging out previous Easter table photos and setting new ones. We will be in England this year for Easter and I’m trying to decide whether to hold the family brunch before we go or wait until we get back. There are always such fun Easter things to buy for little girls at Monsoon I’m very tempted to wait until we return.

Last year we brought back a bunch of tutus with butterfly wings, tiaras and wands, which were a big hit.  Hmmm – what do you think. Wait?

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.