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Friday, July 20, 2012

Blue and White China

Blue and white china at The Mock Turtle tea shop Brighton England
This is a picture I took of the "Great Wall of China" at The Mock Turtle tea shop in Brighton, England. 

What is it about blue and white - and especially the Willow pattern - that just seems to scream 'tearoom' ? 

I love blue and white china.

Two big birds flying high
a little ship, passing by
three men standing on the shore,
a willow tree hanging o'er
an idle temple, there it stands
it wasn't built without hands,
an orange tree with oranges on,
and iron railings right along.

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The Teaist said...

Blue-and-white china was of course invented in... China (duh!) but popularised by the Dutch when they started exporting it. Hence the name Delfts Blauw (Delft's blue - Delf is a pretty town not too far from Rotterdam). In Dutch upperclass circles, people would use 'blue' as shorthand for their fine bone china!

So there you go :)

All the best!

Marilyn said...

How lovely to be able to visit shops such as this with Blue Willow sitting there. Yes, it does scream tearoom.

Alex Zorach said...

I have some very simple blue and white China, including some very small Chinese-style teacups, that I like to drink out of regularly.

One thing I love is that there's a certain pattern that is almost universally available, so if a piece breaks, I can go into a Chinese store anywhere and pick up a replacement. Also, I can get unusual pieces that match the pattern--such as a ceramic spoon, and various bowls and plates.

The blue-and-white aesthetic is also really easy to match even if the pattern itself doesn't match exactly...all the pieces seem to go with each other! It's very practical while still being very beautiful!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Very interesting! Thank you for the mini lesson. :-)

Your blog is so lovely, and thank you for including me. I have reciprocated by adding The Teaist to my Blogroll.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Good points, Alex - it's almost impossible to get it wrong with mismatched blue & white; and blue & white works well with everything.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

I still remember the Blue Willow Tea Cottage in Virginia, US, where it was all blue and white china also. That's what started me on my collection but then I discovered the floral pastels, so I went down another rabbit hole. But there's something very soothing about a blue and white room.

La Tea Dah said...

I have a set of blue and white china that commemorates the bi-centennial (USA). Each type of piece has a different scene from American history. I especially love the teapot, creamer, and sugar. My mom, sis, and I collected this china in the 1970's --- and now all the pieces have been melded into one set (that I am now the fortunate "keeper" of). I have always been partial to blue and white china.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Val, there certainly is something about blue and white. And throw in a dab of yellow - wow!

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

LaDonna, today is the birthday of my oldest daughter who was born in 1976, the bi-centennial year. :-) I vaguely recall those dishes you mention ... who is the maker? What a great collection to have.

Micupoftea~ said...

Yes, there is something so attractive about the blue and white, Denise! I love to add a bit of Chinoiserie in my decorating~

Alex Zorach said...

I thought of this post again when I just saw a new post on Imen's blog, Tea Obsession: Antique blue and white cups for sale...quite beautiful.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Alex, these are quite lovely, even with the imperfections. And I think still, good value for money when used as a decorative object.

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