Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pink Saturday









Good morning and again,
welcome, to Pink Saturday!
Every Saturday is the day
to post about something Pink.
Our wonderful hostess of this
event is
Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/.
Make sure you go and visit her
to follow the Pinkness!




Today I would like to share my Pinkness - a 'Pink Willow' teapot. Most of us have heard of 'Blue Willow' but there are other colors available. I just love the pretty pattern and the story it tells.

The traditional willow design always features a large beautiful Chinese home with a willow tree, small bridge with 3 figures, a humble servants house at the foot of the bridge, a small Chinese boat & of course the famous love birds above the willow tree. The romantic lore of the design could have added to it's popularity over the years.

The story goes something like this.......

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 seen gazing into each other’s eyes at the top of the design. A lengthy and old Staffordshire poem of the pattern concludes with the verse: "In the oft quoted plate two birds are perceived, High in the heaven above: These are the spirits of Chang and Kwang-se, A twin pair of ever in love".


So there you have it most Pink Ones! The story of the Willow ware- whether it be blue, green, purple, brown and of course Pink!


Have a beautiful Pink Saturday!

Be sweeties,



I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
Now as I was a-walking one morning in May
I saw a sweet couple together at play
O the one was a fair maid and her beauty shone clear
And the other was a soldier, a brave grenadier.
But they kissed so sweet and comforting
as they pressed to each other
They went arming along the road
like sister and brother.
They went arming along the road
till they came to a spring,
Then they both sat down together
just to hear the nightingale sing.
Then out of his knapsack, a long fiddle he drew
And he played her such merry tunes as she ever knew,
And he played her such merry tunes,
caused the valleys to ring
Hark hark, replied the fair maid, how the nightingales sing.
O come, said the soldier, 'tis time to give o'er
O no, said the maiden, please play one tune more.
I do like your playing, and the touching of the long string
And to see the pretty flowers grow, hear the nightingale sing
.Now I'm going to India, for seven long years
Drinking wines and strong whiskey instead of strong beers
But if I ever return again, it will be in the spring
Then we'll both sit down together, love, and hear the nightingale sing.
Now, said the fair maid, come, soldier, marry me.
O no, said the soldier, how ever can that be?
For I've a nice little wife at home in my own count-e-ry
And she is the smartest little woman that your eyes ever see
~ old folk song



45 comments:

  1. I love WILLOW...and a TEA POT, too!! How appropriate for our TEA PARTY today!!!

    Come visit!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  2. Oh, I do love this tea pot...willow is a favorite, too...
    Your pinkness posting is absolutely
    PRETTY IN PINK....

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  3. Good Morning! You know you can't go wrong showing us some dishes. :) I love the tea pot. It's gaw-geous.

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  4. Good Morning my royal Pinkness... How are you today sweetie.. Love the Pink Willow Taepot... Just beautiful but not as beautiful as the story about Chang and Kwang-se... I love it.. Have a very pinkalicious day!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  5. Love that Pink Willow teapot and the story was great....a bit of history for this fabulous Pink Saturday!

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  6. I never knew that bit of history about the Willow Ware. I learn new things from you all the time! Thanks for sharing the story. It makes the teapot even more beautiful!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  7. Oh Sheila, You are a sweetie, offering to send Jose on over! I'll take him as soon as you are through! LOL!

    Love your teapot! Beautiful piece!

    Have a great weekend! ~Rhonda :)

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  8. I've never heard the story of the "Willow" patterns. How beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing that. Makes my few "Willow" pieces that much more special to me. Love your teapot. laurie

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  9. Good morning, Sheila. What a beautiful teapot. The detail of the artwork is absolutely beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday! :)

    *hugs*

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  10. GM Shelia..love your PINK willow tea pot and girl I do have it in blue in my kitchen..how that entry coming?? we got our first coat of paint on now and Len's got the trim up around the door..so its started to look preety..but still have all the tools he owns out every where haha!! have a great day dear friend..love you Billie Music..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  11. I loved reading the love story again. It's as beautiful as the teapot. Happy Pink One!

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  12. I love love love the pink willow tea pot and your post! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  13. Hi Shelia, I found your blog through Threads of Loveliness. My grandma had the pink willow but I had never heard the history before. Thanks! You have a lovely blog - so happy to find you.

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  14. Morning sweet Pickle! That is a beautiful teapot and I have never heard that story before...man blogging is good for you...some eyecandy and alittle history lesson to boot! lol I love it! Have a great weekend sweetie!

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  15. Always fun to hear the story again. I look at my blue willow dishes everyday so much, I don't see the pattern or think of the story any more. Thanks for the reminder. Sally

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  16. Happy Pink Saturday Shelia! You can tell a tale girl! Your daughter must have loved those stories as a child!

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  17. I love willow-ware. That's a great teapot. And thanks for the story. I love it.

    HappyPink Saturday.

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  18. Good morning my Pink Princess! How lovely! Thanks for sharing with us today that wonderful story!

    Buffie :)

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  19. That is one lovely teapot! So pretty. Hope you are having a Happy Pink Saturday!

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  20. Sheila, your pink willow tea pot is so charming. :o)

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  21. Oh my goodness Shelia! I leave you alone for a couple of days and you've redone your house! LOL It's going to be beautiful :)

    I loved the story of the Willow ware. So sweet!

    Oh and the pictures you took of your family reunion were wonderful! Yes, Mr. Precious is very cute ;)

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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  22. History and pink in one post. I love it. I didn't realize there was more than blue willow but now that I think about I have seen it before. Beautiful music. Happy PS.

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  23. What a lovely tea pot and story to go with it! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  24. What a great story about your tea pot...I learned something today...I have seen that pattern forever and now I know the story....I love, love stories......
    Mo :-)

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  25. It's beautiful, Shelia!!!!! But what's with this music? It sounds like there's a victrola playing! LOL

    JUstine :o )

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  26. Oh my dear sweet blogging friend, Shelia...you never fail to delight us!Hugs, ;-) Bo

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  27. what a beautiful tea pot and again, I just love this music. I've got to remember to go buy this...

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  28. Thank you for the history on Willow ware, had no idea. Makes me regret giving my set away. I was young and clueless about Blue Willow.In fact,I regret giving a lot of things away when I was younger.I look at so many posts now and see some of the things I used to have and I could kick myself.

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  29. Shelia, how kind of you to share the story of the "Willow" pattern. It was fascinating. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind comment about my blog signature. I felt like I had been visited by a celebrity!! How are the front hall renovations coming along in your home?

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  30. Sheila, you know I "love" this teapot..would go so well with some of mine.lol.. I can't wait to see the new entry..your Jose and helper guy are just the bomb for doing this for you..Thanks so much for swinging by the shop's open house..wish I could rest tomorrow but we're open again.. have to sell, sell, sell some more of those goodies....lol..hugs ~lynne~

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  31. Hi Shelia, I have enjoyed your Pink Saturday post! That's a great teapot and a fantastic story with it. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Nancy

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  32. A precious story to end my evening, thanks for sharing it. I collect blue and white, your pink is pretty as well.

    Hugs,
    Kathi :)

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  33. I love your story and the Pink Willow. It's just beautiful. Have a great day and a lovely week. :)

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  34. Wow, I had no idea that the image was symbolic. That is so neat. I'll appreciate them so much more now.

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  35. Beautiful teapot, Happy Pink Saturday!
    Kathy

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  36. How interesting about this design. I love little cute teapots like this. I like the words of the folk song too. Very neat.

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  37. What a beautiful tea pot! I learned so much from this post; thanks for sharing.

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  38. Good morning, Sheila. I hope you have the most beautiful Sunday! :)

    *hugs*

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  39. I just love your beautiful Pink Willow teapot Sheila. I have seen them many times in the antique stores along with matching teacups and plates but have never added one to my collection of teapots. After seeing yours, maybe I will:)

    Happy Belated Pink Saturday!!

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  40. Happy Pink Saturday, Shelia.

    What a wonderful pink post. Thanks for sharing your teapot, and for telling us the story.

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  41. Great post! I love the pink willow teapot! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  42. Hi Shelia
    I've always loved the Willow pattern and since I'm not a real Blue person I have also purchased a plate in the colour.
    I love the your teapot.
    Thank you for giving us the story about the Willow....
    hope you've had a great day.
    Judi

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  43. Hi Sheila,

    I love your teapot and what a sweet story.

    Thank you for your nice comments.

    Be a sweetie (lol)
    Kathy :)

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  44. Beautiful teapot! You always have such wonderful treasures and the stories you tell, just love them. Thank you for your comments on my quilt and please thank your sweet Mother, too!

    Hugs~ J.

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  45. That is one gorgeous teapot! I love willow patterns, but I never knew the story behind it! Loved the story!

    Kady

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