The pattern on the Blue Willow set looks Chinese, but was first made in England. Many English designers copied Chinese plate designs. The Blue Willow design is one of the best known designs in the world. Notice how the design is blue, making the plate stand out and very beautiful. The pattern tells a story. The story is about a rich man names Tso Ling. The house on the plate represents his home. He had a beautiful daughter named Kwang-se. She was the promised bride of an old wealthy man. She fell in love with Chang, her father's clerk. Chang and Kwang-se eloped and Kwang-se's father was going to have them killed. The gods turned them into turtle doves before Kwang-se's father could have them killed. The two turtle doves are on the top of the design. This piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
We have 2 sets available. You will get 1 cup and 1 saucer in the set. Price is for each set.
Backstamp: Diamond shape with Made in England inside Ridgways underneath.
Measures: Cup with handle: 4 1/4" W without 3 ¼” W x 2 ½” H saucer: 5 3/4" W 1”H
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Item ID: CUP170
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