What is willow? The willow pattern is an oriental pattern, most often seen in blue and white, that features common elements from manufacturer to manufacturer. These elements are a willow tree, an orange or apple tree, two birds, people on a bridge, a fence, a boat and a teahouse, which some collectors call a pagoda. The willow pattern has been made by hundreds of companies in dozens of countries, and in colors from the most-seen blue, to red, green, gold, yellow, purple, black, brown, multicolored and the list goes on with combinations. Did you know the willow pattern has earned a rather unique distinction? Because it has been in existence for more than years, it is the china pattern with the longest continual production in history. Where did the willow pattern come from? It finds its roots in China, where throughout the 15th through 18th centuries, the Chinese potters were exporting their porcelain wares decorated with hand-painted cobalt designs under glaze.
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2 churchill china blue willow pattern dinner plates 26cm. Date first listed on: August 1, For Adults And Children; Can Be For Work And Office.
Who Owned Spode? I can’t really add much to the history as written by Robert Copeland. So, for those who want to find factual, in-depth information there is a specialist book on the subject. Spode produced a number of patterns, as well as Willow , in the style of 18th century Chinese porcelain in the late s and early s, as did other manufacturers.
In his book Robert Copeland attributes the design of the Willow pattern to Spode, around , and discusses the background to this and other Spode designs taken from Chinese porcelain. Interestingly the two patterns in blue printed ware which were the most successful for Spode are both composite designs. The border is a direct copy of an Imari design on Chinese export porcelain of about Chinese-style patterns of all sorts always remained successful for Spode throughout its history.
They appealed to customers who had a more traditional, even old-fashioned taste, and were catered for alongside new customers demanding ‘modern’ designs of topographical, pastoral or botanical subjects which were coming into vogue in the early s. Spode pieces of this period, and those of comparable manufacturers, were skilfully potted with a beautiful silky glaze and have fine engravings on elegant shapes.
Heritage Heirlooms: Blue Willow Part II – Manufacturers & Marks
With an intricate design based on a Chinese legend, Blue Willow china is both beautiful and captivating. Whether you have some Blue Willow pieces inherited from your mother or grandmother or you’re planning to start your own collection, learning more about this fascinating china pattern will make collecting it even more special. Developed by Thomas Turner in , the Blue Willow pattern eventually became a classic fixture on many tables around the world. The pattern is actually English, although it is based on similar blue landscape designs in Chinese porcelain.
By the end of the 18th century, several English potteries were making Blue Willow patterns, and it immediately captivated the imaginations of consumers. Potteries continued to make Blue Willow throughout the 19th century and 20th century, and it is still made today.
Developed by Thomas Turner in , the Blue.
Figure 2. Willow Pattern plate, earthenware. Inventory number Dunham Massey, National Trust. C National Trust. Technological advancements in transfer printing in England in the s, made the production of these wares possible. Transfer printing allowed ceramic decoration to be completed in large-batch productions, resulting in reduced prices for consumers and the increased possibility of standardized decoration.
By using a steel punch, which was struck with a lightweight hammer, different tonal qualities could be achieved by hammering single dots with diversified depths into the copper plate. The fact that this Willow Pattern was still sold in by Argos, the largest general goods retailer in the UK, attests to its enduring appeal. Figure 3.
Willow Pattern dinner set. Earthenware, transfer-printed in underglaze blue.
Blue And White Bone China Willow Pattern Dinner Plate
This document covers the earthenware in the blue and white Willow pattern produced by Booths at Tunstall from and A. Harley Jones at Fenton from All statements made in this document are to be regarded as expressions of opinion by the author, rather than assertions of fact. Any users of this document do so at their own risk and should be aware of the possibility of errors existing. However no deliberate deception is intended, and all statements are made in good faith.
Willow Pattern Plate. This Staffordshire Blue Willow pattern plate dates to circa Chinese-inspired patterns became very popular in England in the late s. The exact Date: Post-Contact Period ( ya – present) Material Class:.
It became popular at the end of the 18th century in England when, in its standard form, it was developed by English ceramic artists combining and adapting motifs inspired by fashionable hand-painted blue-and-white wares imported from China. Its creation occurred at a time when mass-production of decorative tableware, at Stoke-on-Trent and elsewhere, was already making use of engraved and printed glaze transfers , rather than hand-painting, for the application of ornament to standardized vessels transfer ware.
Many different Chinese-inspired landscape patterns were at first produced in this way, both on bone china or porcellanous wares, and on white earthenware or pearlware. The Willow pattern became the most popular and persistent of them, and in various permutations has remained in production to the present day. Characteristically the background colour is white and the image blue, but various factories have used other colours in monochrome tints and there are Victorian versions with hand-touched polychrome colouring on simple outline transfers.
The exact moment of the pattern’s invention is not certain. During the s various engravers including Thomas Lucas and Thomas Minton were producing chinoiserie landscape scenes based on Chinese ceramic originals for the Caughley ‘Salopian China Manufactory’ near Broseley , Shropshire , then under the direction of Thomas Turner. However the Caughley factory did not produce the English Willow pattern in its completed form. Thomas Lucas and his printer James Richards left Caughley in c.
Thomas Minton left Caughley in and set up on his own account in c. The Willow pattern is commonly presented in a circular or ovate frame. The waterside landscape represents a garden in the lower right side, in which a large two-storey pavilion stands.
Tumblr Blog. Richard Hoppe specialises in antique and vintage scent and perfume bottles, attractive ceramic tiles and panels, decorative Continental glassware by famous makers. For your consideration is a vintage linen tea towel with the Blue Willow pattern.
This mark comes in two sizes, s and 1, and is often combined above the date stamp Booths also made other versions of the willow pattern china, as Georgian.
Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community. Please make sure that you’ve entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway. Please enter a question. Churchill can trace its origins back to and the foundation of its first factory in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent om Staffordshire, England.
With over years experience Churchill’s craftsmen have established a worldwide reputation for producing quality tableware and gifts, selling to over 50 countries worldwide. The Blue Willow Dinnerware Collection by Churchill China is a true classic has been in existence for hundreds of years and still remains as popular as ever. Made from the finest stoneware, all items within this range are microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Unattributed Maker Willow China – items found. It was made by several makers including Minton and Spode and was introduced about Later at Spode it was also known as Queen Charlotte pattern. There are no maker’s backstamps to this butter dish and we have not attributed a maker, but it is beautiful pearl ware and clearly from a quality potter. There is just a chance that the dish itself was an early replacement to match the cover and base, but if so they have been together for nearly years!
Generally a few signs of use and age.
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Canton porcelain Underglaze blue and white decorated Chinese export porcelain plate, early 19th century. Porcelain of this type, and sometimes even more simplified is called “Canton” in North America, since it was from this city it was exported. The inner rim border would be called “rain and cloud”. In Europe a plate like this would be recognized as ‘willow pattern’ based on the origin of the decoration.
No porcelain was ever fired in Canton however enameling studios in and near Canton Guangzhou became very common during the first decades of the 18th century, to become the predominant supplier of enamel decorations around the end of the s, due to the demand of the western buyers. The various East India Companies ideally wanted their porcelain orders to be filled before their ships would begin to load the tea, that was the main product.
To this end any porcelain that was available off the shelves or could be decorated to order fast enough, would go in first. Any porcelain of special shape and special underglaze blue and white decorations, still needed to be ordered to be made at the kilns in Jingdezhen and would be delivered not earlier than the next season.
In America, Canton porcelain refers to underglaze blue and white porcelain made for export during the mid 19th century. This porcelain was bought and shipped from Canton Guangzhou generally to serve as Ballast under the tea chests.