Pair of 2 Large Double Egg Cups in Blue Willow PatternIn good condition- with imperfections to both pieces at the (duck) larger sides- no damages to the hen (smaller) sides. There is mild crazing taht is expected for its age. We do not feel these issue detract from their appearance but they have been priced accordingly. These are very pretty and collectible additions to your tableware collection!
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DIMENSIONS: 4" H x 2.75" DIA
ORIGIN: Marked Made in Japan
ERA: Early to Mid 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Double Egg Cups are used for serving and enjoying soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs. Eggs have played a starring role in food culture since the dawn of time, and the use of egg cups dates to the 18th century BC.
The Blue Willow pattern is English, although it is based on similar blue landscape designs in Chinese porcelain. By the end of the 18th century, several English potteries were making Blue Willow patterns, and it immediately captivated the imaginations of consumers. Potteries continued to make Blue Willow throughout the 19th century and 20th century, and it is still made today. Part of what makes Blue Willow so popular is the story it tells in its design.
The Legend of the Blue Willow
Long ago, in the days when China was ruled by emperors, a Chinese mandarin, Tso Ling, lived in the magnificent pagoda under the branches of the apple tree on the right of the bridge, over which droops the famous willow tree, and in front of which is seen the graceful lines of the fence. Tso Ling was the father of a beautiful girl, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant. The girl, however, fell in love with Chang, her father's clerk. The lovers eloped across the sea to the cottage on the island. The mandarin pursued and caught the lovers and was about to have them killed when the gods transformed them into a pair of turtle doves. These are the doves seen gazing into each other's eyes at the top of the design on the plates