Learn about Blue & White

Blue and white patterns became popular in China in the early 14th century during the Ming Dynasty and were hand painted. The majority of the blue and white ware found and collected today in Australia is of English and European origin and dates from the late 18th century onwards, when the development of transfer-printing led to a huge expansion in production. Chinese scenes, floral motifs, scenes incorporating classical architecture and pastoral themes are prevalent. Blue and white ware was not made by a single maker, but was produced by many factories, with Spode and Wedgwood being the most prolific. Much blue and white ware was made by Staffordshire factories and is unmarked. Plates are probably the most widely collected form as the surface shows the pattern to its best advantage. Platters and dishes are also popular for the same reason, but are larger and take up more display space. The pattern depicted will affect value and desirability – a plate with the ‘Willow’ pattern will be worth less than one with a rarer design. Size is also important – large pieces are usually more valuable, but certain shapes are rarer and therefore more desirable.

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T.G Green and Co, Cornish Ware blue and white canisters, approx 16 cm high and smaller (2)

A blue and white 'Zelda' porcelain lidded jar, Ht.42 cm

Two early blue and white 'willow'twin handle bowls, width 15 cm approx

Three Dresden blue and white display plates, width 27 cm approx (widest)

A twenty three piece part Wood & Sons dinner service, 1916, in 'Yuan' pattern, comprising five large plates, six entree and six side plates, a tureen, dish, three oval platters and a sauce boat, all in a blue and white Chinoiserie pattern; backstamps under

A Victorian Booth's Ironstone blue and white plate, 1870s, decorated with trailing prunus blossom to the rims and centre, with blue backstamp underside and impressed Ironstone Tgb mark (Thomas G. Booth). Height 3 cm. Diameter 26 cm

Blue and White ‘;Villa’ pattern sauce tureen, C:1840 17 cm high approx

A pair of blue and white handpainted Portuguese lidded urns, signed D. Henrique, each H.35 cm

Antique Rogers blue and white zebra pattern tureen with lion finial and handles, 23 cm high, 40 cm long approx

An impressive Victorian cast iron, marble and china wash basin stand, the fancy upstand back with pierced and cast scroll and floral detail, shield form bevel edged mirror, single shelf, three blue and white tiled back, the white marble top with blue and w

Two early antique blue and white tin glazed plaques, decorated with classical biblical scenes, one signed. Approx 43 cm x 31 cm

A c.1900 'Villedieu Jeune' French full sized blue and white rare early flushing toilet, Art Nouveau decoration, florals included to the inner bowl, the old hinged wooden seat with brass pump handle

A c.1900 'G. JENNINGS 'The Pedestal Vase' ' blue and white toilet bowl, London made, all-over blue and white transfer floral decoration in a semi-Japanese aesthetic inspired design, moulded highlights. 47 cm x 35 cm x 41.5 cm

An old 'The Trident, Improved Flush' c.1900 toilet bowl, all-over exterior rim blue and white blossom, transfer decoration, printed maker's marks to interior bowl back, some restoration

A c.1900 'PURITAS Johnson Bros.' traveller's sample toilet bowl, printed blue and white transfer decoration, similar to above. Minor hair crack to rim. 22 cm x 17.5 cm x 20 cm

Large blue and white lidded jar and a leaf dish, jar approx 33 cm high, (2)

Pair of decorative blue and white china ceramic lidded jars, approx 29 cm high (2)

A blue and white plate, 18th century, 28 cm Diameter

Woods & Sons Yuan blue and white tureen, approx 15 cm high, 24 cm Sq

Pair blue and white vases, each approx 33.5 cm high (2)

A blue and white lidded dish decorated with cabbage leaves, metal rim to both, marks to base 17 cm Dia

A set of five blue and white bowls and an associated teapot, the teapot 7.5 cm high

An 18th century, tin glazed, blue and white, willow pattern pickle dish one of a pair, sold with the matching dish unfortunately broken in transit.

Two blue and white porcelain wall chargers, each approx 31 cm dia (2)

Blue and white French Musee International De La Chasse Gien France dessert plates

Antique blue and white willow pattern meat platter, approx 38 x 46 cm

Blue and white French Musee international de La Chasse Gien France dessert plates

A large blue and white ceramic bowl with cover and metal rim, on wooden stand, 30 cm x 27 cm

Pair of large blue and white lidded china ginger pots/vases along with three other smaller lidded china pots, approx 7 cm high to 38.5 cm high (5)

A large Victorian blue and white 'Dresden' bowl by J W Pankhurst

Early 19th century coloured blue and white Transferware plate

Three blue and white Transferware soup bowls, English c.1840