As children, many of us experienced the disappointment of biting into a chocolate Easter bunny only to discover that it was hollow. Oh cruel world! But no worries this time: the bunny above is made of wood, not chocolate. And if a wooden bunny is hollow, that’s just cool.
A friend recently sent me a couple photos of this piece he discovered in a chateau outside of Paris. About two feet long, it has been carefully carved, right down to the collar around the neck. The hollowed upper half lifts off to reveal a lower portion carved into two storage areas. A careful look at the bottom half reveals that this rabbit has a rabbet. I have no photo to show it, but the upper half must have a corresponding rabbet carved along it’s inner rim.
Whether or not one wants to carve a bunny, this piece does inspire some ideas. How about a bowl with an integral vertical divider? And better yet, a bowl as a lid for a bowl below, forming a container as with this rabbit. The design ideas are endless. I would love to see any other examples of such a form.