The most famous story usually runs as described below.The story is English in origin, and has no links to China.It is the inclusion of the bridge, the garden fence, the central pair of birds, and the particular details of the pavilions and surrounding trees, in this arrangement, which together characterize the English Willow pattern in its standard form.
On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed.
As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised.
It was probably for Spode that the English Willow pattern was created and first produced perhaps around 1790, because it incorporates particular, distinctive features of earlier Chinese willow scenes which were already known and imitated at the Spode factory.
The Willow pattern is commonly presented in a circular or ovate frame.
The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift.
The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.
who produced many early Chinese-inspired transferwares during the 1780s and 1790s.
Thomas Minton left Caughley in 1785 and set up on his own account in c.1793 in Stoke-on-Trent producing earthenwares: he is thought to have engraved versions of willow designs for Spode and for various other factories.
(It was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class.) He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart.
The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke.
In the upper left quarter is a distant island or promontory with pavilions and trees, including a fir.