The expanded 3rd edition has added coverage of the Copeland period beginning in 1847. 303 color photos of willow pieces arranged alphabetically according to function i.e., Advertising coaster to Whiskey decanter. Three collections are featured: John Macy, Texas, Lois Misiewicz, California and Connie Rogers, Ohio. Definitions of traditional willow, Mandarin and Two Temples I and II are taken from Robert Copeland’s book. Gaston solicited photos from collectors all over the country and then chose which ones would appear in the book. Well-written and illustrated development of the English willow pattern showing many early blue and white patterns.
If you own the book and want a corrected copy, a list of additions and corrections can be found at the end of this list of books for willow collectors. Chapters with interesting titles include the thesis that the willow pattern was created from the events and ideas of its age as well as a dozen or more elements of the pattern traced back through English and Chinese history; many forms of the “legend” including critics and supporters of the pattern; relationship between willow and Two Temples or Broseley pattern. The book is organized into an Introduction and chapters titled: Plates (divided into countries, variants and glass), Serving Pieces, Coffee & Tea, Pitchers & Jugs, Condiment Sets, Bed, Bath & More and Miscellany. For instance, we only need to see one example of Bourne and Leigh’s Royal Arms mark. A history of the Blue Willow pattern begins the book with descriptions of the many border and center patterns of this china. Encyclopedia of Marks (on American, English and European Earthenware, Ironstone, and Stoneware 1780-1980) by Arnold and Dorothy Kowalsky, pub. Many marks not found in Godden although Godden’s numbers are given on the marks that are also there. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner, pub. Includes Definitions, Companies listed by location, Miscellaneous lists of various types of manufacturers, Railroad letters symbols, electrical porcelain insulator markings, large Bibliography and Index. Revised edition, taking out some of the poorer pictures and adding several more companies that made willow. The color section is all new with 8 pages of lovely pieces of willow. Spode’s Willow Pattern and other designs after the Chinese by Robert Copeland, pub. Additional text clarifies some points made in the first edition. The “Making of Willow” chapter has excellent coverage on the various clay bodies and methods of decorating. The principal willow collections featured in the book are from Phillip Sullivan, Massachusetts (Buffalo), Peter and Susan Steelman, Connecticut, Louise’s Old Things, Pennsylvania, and Rita Entmacher Cohen, New Jersey. There are 16 additional pages in color showing later examples of landscape as well as non-landscape designs. Blue Willow, Revised 2nd Edition (An Identification and Value Guide) by Mary Frank Gaston, pub. Willow Ware (Ceramics in the Chinese Tradition) by Leslie Bockol, pub. The Story and Legend is well-treated with poems and stories used by many different pottery companies and focusing on the Doulton story plates. 102 to 129 photos of willow seen at annual conventions (different each year). Organized according to Willow Variant with marks and descriptions.
Prices given from 1994 on realized at auction and asked at convention sale. International Willow Collector’s Convention Catalog 1997-2001. Photos by Scot Rogers; Text, layout, design and preparation for printing: Connie Rogers.
Crook retailer came from the two-handled dish on page 45.