May 21, 2009

Blue Willow in Sparker Shop!

Blue Willow Dinner Plates and Creamer in Sparker Shop

I am so thrilled to offer Blue Willow china in my shop!  It is a pattern that I have personally been collecting for about eight months, and I just can't get enough of these classic blue and white pieces.  

First made in England in the late 1700s, Blue Willow is one of the most widely collected china patterns.  Legend says the design is based on an ancient Chinese story about a wealthy landowner trying to keep his betrothed daughter from fleeing with her lover.  In some versions of the story the pair are killed and others result in a tragic double suicide.  In either event, as depicted in the pattern, the two lovers are transformed into lovebirds, together forever.  

The love affair with Blue Willow has seen a recent resurgence with retailers Williams Sonoma Home and Pottery Barn releasing versions of the pattern.  While these interpretations are beautiful, if you are like me, you want a piece with history that has been lovingly cared for over the years.  

This ever popular pattern continually graces the walls and tables of chic homes in the pages of decor magazines and books.

From Carolyne Roehm's book "A Passion for Blue and White" via Absolutely Beautiful Things

Can you spot the Blue Willow in Nina and Mark Magowan's Southampton home?  
Via Elle Decor, June 2009

So keep an eye out for the blue and white, or click through to Sparker Shop to begin your collection today!  I am offering 10 dinner plates and a creamer made in England by Wood & Sons.  And to learn more, visit the International Willow Collector's website.


beachbungalow8 said...

ooh how I love that mauve and blue together! great post. I'm in love with my new acquisitions!

Sparker said...

Yes, isn't that dining room gorgeous? So glad you love your Blue Willow and thanks for stopping by!