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willow pattern

a decorative design in English ceramics, depicting chiefly a willow tree, small bridge, and two birds, derived from Chinese sources and introduced in approximately 1780: often executed in blue and white but sometimes in red and white.
Origin of willow pattern
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Scenery, too, (especially willow-pattern Plate) up to the mark, if not more so.

  • China generally is not at all like the willow-pattern plate.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • A picturesque effect is produced by these projections, as everybody knows who has examined a “willow-pattern” plate.

  • Every willow-pattern plate has a better landscape on it than that.

    Household Organization Florence Caddy
  • We were in the very heart of the willow-pattern Plate and loath to move for fear of breaking it.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • I love its dresser, full of willow-pattern china, and its two big china dogs that face each other on the high mantelpiece.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • The dresser, opposite to the hearth, exhibited pewter and some willow-pattern pottery.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • It has a three-storied castle with turned-up roofs, as one sees on the willow-pattern plates.

    Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor
  • I myself found half a willow-pattern saucer in the crater of Vesuvius.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • “Cross between a willow-pattern plate and a New York slum,” was his comment.

British Dictionary definitions for willow-pattern

willow pattern

  1. a pattern incorporating a willow tree, river, bridge, and figures, typically in blue on a white ground, used on pottery and porcelain
  2. (as modifier): a willow-pattern plate
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