Monday, November 4, 2013

The History of Blue Willow China

From Queen of Hearts:
This particular china pattern has a mystery concerning its origin. Some say this wonderfully beautiful transfer ware china stems from a legend told in China more than a thousand years ago. It is believed that all the original Willow Pattern plates were destroyed by the Manchu rulers in China after they discovered that members of the illegal Hung Society defied them. The blue and white design is said to have been smuggled into England in the 19th Century and reintroduced back into China in the 19th Century. (Read more.)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for the article. I just love willow pattern china!

For those who are interested, there is a detective story based on the famous tale of the two lovers: "The Willow Pattern" by Robert van Gulik.