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Massive antique blue willow porcelain serving platter with slightly squared off corners and impressed anchor mark on reverse. The traditional Blue Willow Chinoiserie design features scenes with willows, trees, boats, pavilions / pagodas, figures and birds.
Developed by Thomas Turner in 1779, 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.
Blue Willow Legend
In the Blue Willow legend, a the beautiful daughter of a powerful man fell in love with her father's secretary. Discovering their love, the father banished the secretary and constructed a great fence to keep his daughter contained. She could only walk by the water and the willows. She despaired until she received a message from her lover. At a banquet, he rescued her, but her father noticed and chased them across a bridge. The got away, but years later, her father caught up with them. The secretary was killed, and the daughter died as well. In pity, the gods turned them both into doves so they could fly together forever.
Good Overall - Gentle wear
21.75” x 17.5” x 2” (Width x Depth x Height)