Walter Potter Rabbit School
Over the years, our expert case-makers have packed and transported a wide selection of weird and wonderful items. We’ve crated famous works of art and boxed vintage motorbikes. We’ve packed puppets and secured priceless silver. And now we’re thrilled to add to the list…a remarkable school of rabbits!
The school was made in 1888 by amateur taxidermist Walter Potter. He made all of the slates, pencils and furniture himself, and his wife Ann was responsible for making the miniature clothes that feature in the sewing class. Originally, Potter wanted 50 rabbits for his school, but the final tally came up two short of that number.
We wrapped the individual components of the tableaux in acid-free tissue paper, before constructing an internal cardboard box within the display case itself. The glass (which is the original, antique glass) was wrapped and covered with layers of cardboard and layers of glassine paper were used to protect the internal paintwork.
Once packed and ready for transportation, the value and nature of the rabbit school necessitated that we obtain a UK export licence. We are happy to report that the bunnies are now on their way to continue their studies in the USA!
See more of Walter Potter’s work here.
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