The Willow Pattern, more commonly referred to as "Blue Willow" is a classic pattern with a distinct landscape which includes the weeping willow, pagodas, three men on a bridge and a pair of lovebirds forever kissing, all on a blue and white background. This type of stamp on porcelain is known as transferware; the background always white while the foreground color depends on the maker.
The Willow pattern originated in Staffordshire, England, around 1780 by an apprentice potter, Thomas Minton. There are many stories about where the legend/story of the Willow pattern came about. One story tells that it was invented 200 years ago to promote pottery sales, others say the legend was told in China more than a thousand years ago and brought to Europe from Eastern lands by the Crusaders. This happens to be our favorite version, much more romantic - it portrays a rich Mandarin whose young daughter elopes with his secretary. The lovers are overtaken on the bridge by her father, and are then transformed into birds and flutter beyond his reach.
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