Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Antique willow pattern platters

In China and Dinnerware > Transferware > Show & Tell.
Steptoe1's items67 of 717Old vhs cassettes Antique engraved stone
Love it
Like it

BrunswickBrunswick loves this.
rkhatfieldrkhatfield loves this.
auraaura loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
dav2no1dav2no1 loves this.
See 4 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 4 months ago

    (717 items)

    Hello these are a pair of willow pattern platters that I found years ago, I never got round to taking them to a willow expert but think they are early examples, as found with other 19th century China

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    See all
    Romantic Staffordshire Transferware Soup Tureen with Underplate
    Romantic Staffordshire Transferware...
    Staffordshire Black Transferware Chinese Pastime 21" by 17" Platter
    Staffordshire Black Transferware Ch...
    RARE! Antique R Hammersley Gem Mulberry Transferware Staffordshire Plate:1868 Yr
    RARE! Antique R Hammersley Gem Mulb...
    Vintage Blue Willow Transferware Oval Platter Japan
    Vintage Blue Willow Transferware Ov...
    Romantic Staffordshire Transferware Soup Tureen with Underplate
    Romantic Staffordshire Transferware...
    See all


    1. apostata apostata, 4 months ago
      Plates such as the one illustrated above were produced in bulk, by factories such as Spode, Wedgwood, Worcester, Caughley, Liverpool, Lowestoft, Bow, New Hall, Coalport, Vauxhall and Derby. This particular plate illustrates the ‘Willow III’, which became known as ‘Standard Willow Pattern’ as a result of its pervasive presence in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century English ceramic market. The elements of the ‘Standard Willow Pattern’ include: an orange tree, a main tea house sided by a smaller building, a fence adorning the foreground, a willow tree, a bridge with three persons crossing it, a boat, an additional building on a separate shore and two birds occupying the central upper section of the ware. The engraving technique used on ‘Standard Willow Pattern’ or ‘Willow III’, which saw the combination of both line work and stipple punch work, further differentiated this version form previous patterns (‘Willow I’ and ‘Willow II’). By using a steel punch, which was struck with a lightweight hammer, different tonal qualities could be achieved by hammering single dots with diversified depths into the copper plate. Variations of the design existed but ‘Standard Willow Pattern’ is the one most commonly represented on wares and the one still in production today

      the addition of the bridge by the Spode factory in 1810 provided the grounds on which to build the love story narrative.[3] The bridge, absent from the original 1790 Caughley design, came to be one of the central components of the Willow Pattern story. The story that emerged during the nineteenth century described the three men crossing the bridge as servants chasing the king’s daughter, who had eloped with her lover. Objecting to his daughter’s amorous choice, the king tries to stop her at all costs

      source THE WILLOW PATTERN CASE STUDY: THE WILLOW PATTERN EXPLAINED --- east india compagnie at home 1757-1857

    2. Steptoe1 Steptoe1, 4 months ago
      Thanks a lot apos for the great information
    3. apostata apostata, 4 months ago
      no sweat , proposition ,apostata never mix up greek etomology , with a Bikol dialect

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.