Timeless transferware

Blue & White China Patterns

Iconic styles to know & love

How we got here

Pattern categories

The abundance of distinct yet similar-looking blue and white china patterns led to the need for developing organization rules to manage our every-changing vintage inventory.

After obsessively sifting through our expansive collection of blue and white transferware, we came up with five distinct pattern categories that best describe the dominant themes in blue and white transferware. They include:

  1. Florals & botanicals
  2. Landscapes, landmarks & colonial scenes
  3. Nordic-inspired
  4. Chinoiserie
  5. Onion

Note: there are a handful of instances in which patterns fall into more than one category.

About the pattern category:

Florals & botanicals

There is a large variety of blue and white dinnerware that contain flowers, leaves and other plant life. Flowers are very popular around the border of plates and can be arranged in a formal, symmetrical manner or random and haphazardly.

Depictions of the flowers can range dramatically, from realistic and detailed to more stylized and abstract.

Specific flowers we frequently come across include roses, peonies, lilies, and chrysanthemums.

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Landscapes, landmarks & historical scenes

These patterns depict important historical events, landmarks, and figures from bygone eras. They also depict rustic, pastoral scenes of everyday life where farm life and travels by horseback are common.

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Nordic-inspired patterns feature simple, streamlined and symmetrical designs. They tend to have understated floral motifs that are reminiscent of Nordic and Scandinavian design.
Patterns in this category have a classic, clean, and orderly appearance and tend to be more minimalist than other transferware patterns.

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Chinoiserie patterns, inspired by Chinese art and culture, are known for their intricate and ornate details. These designs often depict lush natural scenes with mountains, forests, fields, and bodies of water.

Popular motifs in chinoiserie design, such as in the most iconic Blue Willow china pattern, include pagodas, dragons, and other mythical creatures; Bamboo and cherry blossoms, cranes and phoenixes, and figures dressed in traditional attire are also common.

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Patterns that fall under the onion category have an onion or bulb-looking motif in the pattern, typically around the border, along with other leaves and foliage.

Onion china patterns are also characterized by saturated, cobalt colored designs against white backgrounds.