You may remember in my last “Blue & White” post, I shared a Spode pattern known as “Winter’s Eve.” Today, I’m delighted to share a pattern that was also first created by Spode called “Blue Willow.”
This is such a popular china pattern, so I’m sure many of you may already be familiar. In fact, it is said to be the most collected china pattern ever made.
One of the things I love most about Blue Willow is how a story unfolds on each piece. It can be one of hope, love, a journey, a tragedy or a blessing. Most people agree that the story is a pictorial interpretation of a Chinese legend where two lovers are destined to be together, even through death.
The original pieces created by Spode in 1790 were an interpretation of an earlier Chinese fable. However, through time and the introduction of newer patterns by other manufacturers, the interpretations have also changed. In fact, there are still a variety of pieces that feature different scenes and time periods being produced today. It’s part of what makes this collection so exciting and a bit mysterious!
Perhaps you will find a piece of this jewel on a weekend antiquing trip! Drop me a line and let me know!
Have a lovely day,