Willow pattern dating
By the mid 18th century when English potteries expanded, they sought to fill this demand which had already trickled down to merchant classes by providing their own versions of Chinese-inspired tableware.The Willow Pattern is the most famous and enduring design.Willow Pattern presented a fantasy image of China to people who would never go and chinoiserie remained highly fashionable right up to the Victorian era.While each factory’s design is slightly different, there are similarities.You can find great deals on Wedgwood Jasperware, Queens Ware and Fairyland Lustre at local Antique Auctions listed in our Antique Auctions finder (soon to be launched).The pictures below are some examples of English Blue Willow Manufacture Marks. Stating both the country and state in the makers mark.Details in most Willow Pattern include a willow tree – a dominant image – a bridge with three people walking towards a pavilion, a ziz-zag fence, a boatman, ornate traditional Chinese buildings and two doves.
Holland Mark Petrus Regout , Maestricht Before 1891 This concludes Blue Willow Part II – Manufacturers and Marks.
Early Wedgwood works may be unmarked, but the presence of the correct mark is an indication that the piece is genuine and should allow you to determine its true age.
Before 1781 very few unmarked pieces can be correctly attributed to Wedgwood.
Engravers moved around, designs were copied and there was no copyright on them.
Transfer printing made the process of production relatively inexpensive.