Willow pattern plate, 19th century.
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Made by Doulton of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, one of the largest companies in the region known as the potteries. The term willow is applied to the blue and white porcelain imported into England from China during the last half of the 18th century. For a century and a half the willow pattern has been the stock pattern of nearly every British pottery manufacturer.