The "onion" pattern was originally named "bulb" pattern. While modeled closely after a pattern first produced by the Chinese, many European companies kept them very similar. This was largely because the flowers and fruits pictured on the original Chinese pattern were unknown to the companies, and thus they created hybrids that more closely resembled ones more familiar to Europeans. The so-called "onions" are not onions at all, but, according to historians, are most likely mutations of the peaches and pomegranates modeled on the original Chinese pattern. The whole cobalt blue design is an ingeniously conceived grouping of several floral motifs, with Japanese peaches and the pomegranates, plus stylized peonies and asters in the pattern's center, the stems of which wrap in flowing curves around a bamboo stalk. There are no hairlines or cracks; manufacturing anomalies do exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Backstamp: Dresden Ship Furnivals Limited on sail of Viking ship and trade mark England under ship – Raised R#.
Measures: 8 1/2" x 4 1/4
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