Department of Anthropology
- Type: Pearlware and Chinese export porcelain
- Date range: c.1792-1840+
- Median date: c.1818
- Place of origin: England
The "willow" pattern was first developed by Thomas Minton in 1792. Many variations of willow pattern were produced. The standard willow pattern includes one bridge, a cottage or mini-pagoda, three figures, a boat and two birds. The combination of these elements tells a story. A geometric border design is usually included with the willow pattern.
Chinese versions of the willow pattern on porcelain were hand-painted, while the English versions were usually transfer-printed in blue.
The willow pattern remains popular today.
See Noel Hume 1976: 130-131, 260-261; South 1977: 212
Photo: Willow ware plate