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.
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
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
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
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