Blue Willow by Johnson Brothers offers a romantic imagery of a legend based on two Chinese lovers. Deep blue on white the pattern features intricate double borders with a combination of geometric detailing for a fabric like texture. The central imagery depicts a Chinese landscape with bridges, a river, trees, and houses. Two doves reincarnations of the fugitive lovers hover above the scene. The Blue Willow Covered Sugar is durable for everyday use and can go in the dishwasher, freezer, and microwave. Additional accessory and serving pieces available in this pattern.
Designers and makers of tableware for more than a century, England's Johnson Brothers introduced its highly prized and widely collected Willow Blue pattern in 1940. Inspired by an ancient love story, Willow Blue depicts Asian scenes such as boatmen, bridges, temples, flora, and fauna in cobalt blue against a white background. This 8-ounce covered sugar bowl stands 3-1/2 inches high and is dishwasher-safe. A creamer
is available to match the sugar bowl. Both are fine pieces for dressing up an elegant table for special-occasion dining. Willow Blue pieces make wonderful gifts for both beginning and seasoned collectors. --Fred Brack