In Chinese astrology, the hare represents meekness, harmony, and enjoyment. It serves to improve diplomatic relationships and supports family planning, bringing well-being to anyone who has a long-eared patron at home. Since the Art Nouveau period, hare figures of all sizes and colours have enjoyed on-going popularity. A wide range of different representations of the animals have even been created in the Nymphenburg manufactory. The king of the long-eared creatures is without a doubt Theodor Kärner's brown hare from 1913. The highly nuanced underglaze decoration is painted on freely by hand and makes each animal unique, both in the shading of its fur and in its characteristic alert expression.

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