The Legend of Blue Willow
Feb 23, 2013 | Written by Anupa Mueller
When we first opened, we carried a fairly large selection of Blue Willow china. It was hugely popular and then without explanation it just lost favor with our customers. Now, many years later, we thought we would bring it in again and so we've started with the basics - a 16 oz. Teapot, Sugar/Creamer set and some tea mugs. Blue Willow china is probably the most famous and popular china pattern ever manufactured. Just about everyone's family has at least one piece. Although the details of the pattern differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, the basics remain the same - a large Chinese home, a willow tree, a small bridge with figures on it, a small Chinese boat and of course the famous love birds above the willow tree. The Legend of Blue Willow goes something like this: In ancient times, long ago, a Chinese mandarin, Tso Ling, lived in a magnificent pagoda under the branches of the apple tree on the side of the bridge over which droops the famous willow tree. Tso Ling had a beautiful daughter, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant. She fell in love, however, with Chang, her father's clerk. In her garden were turtle doves and it is said the lovers used a pair of turtle doves to pass messages between themselves. They are seen gazing into each other's eyes and the twin birds of love signify their love forever. And yes, I know there is a completely different version of the Legend but we choose to go with this one!