Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Treasured Love

I have been in love with blue willow china for as long as I can remember .
My Grandma had several pieces .
I can remember my Papa drinking his morning coffee out of one of the cups and saucers .
First he would pour hot coffee into the cup
then pour some of it into the saucer to cool . He would sip the cooled coffee from the saucer .

Many years later I was watching the movie Paint Your Wagon
Clint Eastwood was drinking his coffee the same way from a blue willow cup and saucer !

When my son was small we went to many garage sales
I found so many pieces . I paid almost nothing for them .
Now I rarely find any and it is very expensive when I do !
I have a very large collection .
My favorite pieces are marked on the back JAPAN in black .
I use blue willow china everyday but I use the newer  made  blue willow
because it safe to eat from  . The older pieces contain lead .
Dax and Petra eat pancakes every morning on my blue willow plates .

I am drawn to the romantic elements of the designs on the pieces .
Each piece bears the same elements of
doves kissing in midair above a graceful willow tree,
a pagoda,
a bridge where three small figures hurry,
a fence, an island
a man in a boat .

They tell the story of this best known tale first printed in an English magazine in 1849
that recounts the romance between
a young well born maiden, Koong Shee,
and her star crossed lover, Chang .
As they fled her arranged marriage they were pursued and killed .
Merciful gods turned the pair into birds
flying together across a china sky forever!

I have many lovely reasons to treasure this china forever!

I am linking to A Favorite Thing.


  1. I have loved Blue Willow since I was a child, too. I passed my pieces along to my daughter when I started cleaning out to downsize. I hope she will pass them along to one of her daughters someday- xo Diana

  2. I love all blue and white dishes too. Didn't know the history. Type in blue and white dishes into the upper left corner of my blog to see what I did with some of mine. And, Dottie, thank you so much for your kind words about Birdie. It was unexpected so I'm still kind of in shock and hurting. I miss him so.

  3. I love the China from my grandparents - Roosters! Such wonderful memories!

  4. I love blue willow, and have some of my grand mother's pieces.

  5. My great grandma had blue willow china! Thanks for reminding me how lovely it is! Jean

  6. Your collection is beautiful! I love the story you told about the star-crossed lovers. I don't have any Blue Willow but I do think it is lovely.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  7. Pretty dishes. My grandparents had the bl/wh Currier and Ives (I think it's called). Ate off that many times!!

  8. Clint Eastwood must have taken lessons on coffee drinking from your Papa!
    Thanks for telling the story of this pattern...

  9. I've always loved this china, but never new the story about it. Thanks

  10. What a wonderful collection. I have a passion for blue and white china. It's a mish-mash of styles, but I love them all. I love the story behind the Willow Tree pattern. I didn't know that, so thanks for sharing.

  11. You have a beautiful collection
    treasure it well.

    Wishing you a good week full of smiles and happiness


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  13. They are classically beautiful and special to you for the memories. My Daddy drank out of a green Fire King mug...I still have it. And I remember him pouring coffee into a saucer to cool, too! Such sweet memories!

  14. I've been cleaning out the garage and recently came across a few orphan Blue Willow saucers. I was going to toss them, but instead am using them. How can you tell the unsafe from the safe? Love your collection ~ and do I spy flow blue mixed in?