Blue and White.
Oval, Serving Dish. 9 x 6-1/2”
**legend of the Blue Willow. (Taken from living history farm.org)
“Long ago, in the days when China was ruled by emperors, a Chinese Mandarin , Tso Ling lived in the magnificent pagoda under the branches of the apple tree on the right of the bridge over which droops the famous Willow tree, and in front of which is seen the graceful lines of the fence.
Tso Ling was the father of a beautiful daughter, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant.
The girl however, fell in love with Chang, her father’s clerk. The lovers eloped across the sea to the cottage on the island.
The Mandarin pursued and caught the lovers and was about to have them killed when the gods transformed them into a pair of turtle doves.”
”(These are the doves seen flying and gazing into each other’s eyes at the top of the design.)”