Friday, February 12, 2016

THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE WILLOW CHINA








The Legend of the Blue Willow China is the story about
 2 "Love Doves" Koong and Chang....


This pattern was produced in England in the 1700's but probably was copied from a Chinese pattern. The legend about the china began around 1849 when it was printed in an English magazine as a very romantic story about a young couple.

A wealthy young woman named Koong fell in love with Chang who was just a poor secretary. She was forbidden to marry him or even see him. Her father demanded she stay at home and quickly made arrangements for her to marry a man of financial security.



Escaping from her home, she met up with Chang and the couple fled across a bridge to an island. In hot pursuit, Koong's father follows but suddenly the couple are transformed into love doves who fly away to safety.

No wonder we love this pattern so much - maybe your mother had it?
Reposted from 2009!

28 comments:

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Bernideen; I just love the story of Blue Willow, I used to collect it, had a lot of different pieces, but had to stop ran out of room. I have sold most of them but kept a few. I still love them... Thanks for the sweet story.

Hugs;
Alaura

Cottage Rose said...

Hello it is me again;;; I just seen on your side bar you have some Laura Childs Tea Shop books, I just love reading them, how exciting to know some one else reads her, I have every one of her books, I can't wait to read the next new one. She is such a wonderful writer and really makes you feel like you are right in the book..... love it.

Hugs;
Alaura

carol said...

What a warming story as the contents of the pot.

the voice of melody said...

Oh, what a love story! Thank you for sharing it and your pictures as well. :)

Storybook Woods said...

I remember when the girls were little we did a whole unit on this. Clarice

The Rustic Victorian said...

Wonderful story. I do love Blue Willow.
Marcie

Lady Linda said...

Hello Bernideen..great post! How I love blue and white. Have missed hearing from you. I know you're so busy but love reading your posts.
Lady Linda

HOPE said...

How lovely!! I just found your blog and I too LOVE anything TEA.

I own this collection Blue Willow. I had heard some of the story years ago..but thank you for reminding me.

Looking forward to visiting you again. My craft blog has TEA luncheons I've done for my church.

Blessings
HOPE

Kathy said...

It is such a beautiful romantic story and a beautiful pattern, I love it when I find a piece! Have you seen the Bradford Exchange statuette? http://home-and-garden.become.com/the-blue-willow-china-patterninspired-lady-figurine-collection--compare-prices--sc1047470498
Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful post with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy

Smitten by Britain said...

Hi Bernideen,

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Deanna said...

Such a neat story and well loved.
I only have a few pieces of Blue Willow, but sure do like them.
Suppose I will have to continue the hunt for them when I go thrifting!
God bless you and may you have a sweet Autumn.
d

Barbara said...

I gave away all my bits of Willow pattern to a friend who was collecting same.
My Grandmother had lots.

Angela McRae said...

I love Blue Willow and have always thought it would be fun to decorate an entire room with Blue Willow fabrics and teawares!

Zaa said...

I love a good story..Thanks for sharing …I only have a few plates and mugs from Blue Willow , but my daughter inherited small set from her grandmother… She adores it… as we all do …ENJOY the autumn while you can….Hugs

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's such pretty china. Love blue. xoox Su

Vee said...

I wish that I had kept at least one piece of the set I had. Sigh. It's all water over the bridge now.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I didn't know the history of Blue Willow, Bernideen. You've probably seen my posts of visits to the Blue Willow Tea Room just north of us, one finds all the china they use and have on display a real treat.

happywonderer.com said...

I do have some of the newer Blue Willow. How fun to read the legend behind it. Have a good love filled weekend Bernideen!

thel day said...

Hi Bernideen. I love the story of the Blue Willow. That explains the bridge in the photo. I don't have any pieces. Maybe one day.

Martha said...

I always love that story! Makes the blue willow pattern even more special!

Daniela said...

I love this story so very much, thank you for telling it and ... yes, I love the Blue Willow China and I have some pieces for tea I have inherited by ny mother, placed in the plate-rack my hubby did some years ago with some boards of old wood, where I keep all the old pieces in white and blu porcelain ... Oh, I also have a few dishes which belonged to my Grandmother, I was forgetting now !

Have a wonderful end of your week, my sweetest Bernideen,
filled with so much love,
sending hugs to you, with thankfulness
Dany

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Wonderful that you shared this here, Bernideen!

Curtains in My Tree said...


I have bought and sold lots blue willow through out my life of collecting transferware dishes.
I still have 2 children s sets of this pattern.

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

That's sweet, I didn't know! My mom bought me a cup and saucer to begin my collection a couple years ago. :)

Szara Sowa said...

Beautiful legend. My doughter has some dishes with Blue Willow.

Christina Paul said...

Many Thanks for sharing this!
I never knew the story but have always loved this pattern!

xinex said...

One of my favorites is Blue Willow. Thanks for the interesting legend, Bernideen.....Christine

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Wow, that's a neat legend for such a pretty pattern. And so romantic to read on St. Valentine's Day! :)