Collecting antique china for a hobby

Where to find a beautiful willow china

Antique Blue Willow DinnerwareAntique blue willow china is an extremely collectable item today and it is based on porcelain - the plates and sources that were used many hundreds of years ago with a unique design on.

Although the name suggests it comes from CAntique Blue Willow Plateshina this is simply not the case as it was a British designer who started making these plates. The story is based in China but thought up by a British person and true antique blue willow china will tell a simple love story.

What is the antique blue willow china story?

It starts off with a Mandarin girl who is of a high-class. She falls in love with someone who is of a lower class than other hand this is forbidden. Her father does not want this to happen so what he does is he builds a high barrier around is home to keep the two people apart. He then finds her an aristocrat from Europe and he sails over to marry her.

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The girl then runs away with her lover to a secret remote island where they live together for a long period of time. The aristocrat then finds out where they live and sends some soldiers over to kill her and her lover. They are then immortalised as a pair of doves and this is how the story ends.

Once you know this unique story you will be able to identify whether you are buying original antique blue willow china or not. The reason is because all of the china that is made depicts this story in several different forms. Sometimes animals are used and sometimes different symbols that represents the people and the story are also incorporated in the china's pattern.

The basic pattern is blue on white china and this is what distinguishes it from any oAntique Blue Willow Platterther type of design. Early pieces were handmade and crafted in England and were shipped out around the world as gifts to many high society people. They have since today become extremely popular especially some of the original pieces.

If you cannot afford to buy an original set and you want to use it every day then there are of course original imitations that are still for sale today. These will not hold the same value as the originals but if you buy a high quality said it will still cost you quite a bit of money. Purchasing second-hand china  is going to be the best way to get your hands on antique blue willow china and going on auction sites hands specialised dealer websites is going to be the easiest way to track down what you want.

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It is important to do your research first to find out which periods had certain symbols. For example birds and animals were only added to later pieces and early examples did not have any doves on them. It is important that you have somewhere way you can still these pieces to protect them from weathering and the atmosphere as they can be extremely fragile.