Blue is the Colour!

Blue is the Colour!
Mason's Ironstone Sapphire Trinket Dish

Mason’s Ironstone Sapphire Trinket Dish

Cobalt compounds have been used to colour ceramics and glass since at least Egyptian times and the production of blue and white porcelain began in China as far back as the ninth century. When trade routes to the Far East were established in the fourteenth century, patterns were brought back and copied. Direct export from China began in the seventeenth century and production in Europe began at Meissen and quickly spread across the continent and beyond to America.

Johnson Bros Onion Coffee Pot

Johnson Brothers Flow Blue Onion Coffee Pot

The ‘blue onion’ pattern became popular and was soon introduced in England at Worcester where the style became known as ‘chinoiserie’. The ubiquitous Willow Pattern which depicts the legend of lovers who fall for each other despite the class divide and escape, only to be caught and killed, became a staple for numerous manufacturers, with quality examples such as Booth’s ‘Real Old Willow’ and the modern adaptation, Mason’s Gold Willow, spanning the intervening century. Many glass makers also used cobalt in their range and this Dartington Apothecary Jar designed by Frank Thrower is one of my favourites. Below are just some of the vintage blue and white china and glass items on offer in my online shops now. All you need to do is click on the picture to go straight to the item, and, if you have other favourite patterns you would like me to look out for, then please get in touch through the Contact page – I’d love to hear from you!

 

Booth's Real Old Willow Dinner Plates

Booth’s Real Old Willow Dinner Plates

Art Deco Cobalt Posy Bowl

Art Deco Cobalt Posy Bowl

Pountney and Co. Bristol Mallard Vegetable Dish

Pountney and Co. Bristol Mallard Vegetable Dish

Frank Thrower Dartington Glass Apothecary Jar

Frank Thrower Dartington Glass Apothecary Jar

Murano Cased Glass Vase

Murano Cased Glass Vase

Mason's Gold Willow Baluster Vase

Mason’s Gold Willow Baluster Vase