Blue Willow Bowls
Blue Willow bowls were first manufactured in Great Britain in the late 1700s. This blue and white china is a form of transfer ware that is known for its distinctive blue-on-white chinoiserie patterns of birds, Asian pine and willow trees, bridges, and other Chinese and Japanese designs. Early versions of the bowls had patterns etched onto their surfaces with copper plate while later products which were printed using paper patterns.Who makes Blue Willow bowls?
Since 1780, over 400 different companies have manufactured these Blue Willow bowls. The most prominent manufacturers of the blue and white items were in Great Britain, the United States, China, and Japan. Churchill China is one major manufacture of Blue Willow bowls.How do you determine the age of Blue Willow bowls?
To determine the age and manufacturer of Blue Willow bowls, look for a mark on the bottom of the piece. Using a reference book for Blue Willow china will allows you to look up the marks which will tell you everything you need to know about the piece including who made it, where it was made, and approximately how old it is.What designs are on Blue Willow bowls?
Blue Willow is a general term that refers to china with these distinctive Asian transfer ware designs such as:
- Pine Trees
- Willow Trees
- Tea Houses
You can find a variety of different sized bowls designed for specific purposes such as:
- Bread Plates
- Cereal Bowls
- Dessert Bowls
- Fruit Bowls
- Salad Bowls
- Serving Bowls
- Sugar Bowls
You can find both originals and reproduction Blue Willow bowls including:
- Antique Original
- Vintage Original
- Contemporary Original
- Vintage Reproduction
While Blue Willow bowls all have universal features that appear in every pattern, there are different classes of patterns. A few of the different patterns include:
- Standard Willow Pattern: This pattern features one bridge, one cottage, three figures, one boat, two birds, and a latticework fence.
- Burleigh Center Pattern: This pattern is similar to the standard pattern but with less white and more blue used in the border.
- Booth Center Pattern: This pattern features a dark blue border with a golden border underneath, a larger blue flower design, and a butterfly design.
No, Blue Willow patterns can also be found in pink, brown, and multiple colors on white, but blue and white bowls the most common. The distinctive Asian-themed patterns mark the item as authentic more than the color.How do you care for Blue Willow bowls?
Use mild dish soap to wash them and store in a dry, safe place to protect them from falling or breakage. Do not use these blue and white bowls in your oven or microwave.