Iconic Patterns: Blue Canton

Some things naturally go together: peanut butter and jelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the iconic cobalt blue on white porcelain.  How has blue and white china stood the test of time in the ever-changing design world?  Hundreds of years after its first voyage on merchant ships out of China, it has long reigned as queen of the classic patterns.  


The perfect pairing can be traced back to the Tang dynasty (618 – 907) when imports of Persian cobalt made their way into China.  The combination of the crisp white Chinese porcelain with the “Islamic blue” was an instant match made in heaven.

A spot of tea

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the tranquil blue and white patterns began to sweep across Europe, like “Rosé All Day” during quarantine.  And by the late 1700s, it could be found on all the fashionable tables of the new American elite.  Its popularity may have ebbed and flowed over the generations but it is ingrained in American heritage capturing a sense of history and refined taste.  


This highly recognizable porcelain is known by many names, but most refer to it as Canton ware, as Canton is the Chinese port city from which it was shipped to England and America.  It has motifs of Asian tea houses, villages, and landscape scenes.  Mottahedeh’s Classic Blue Canton collection faithfully maintains the centuries-old landscape tradition; however, it is noted for its blue lattice border.

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For a classic chic tablescape, Blue Canton is stunning on its own.  Set the scene with Royal Crown Derby’s Carlton Gold-rimmed serving dishes, and crisp white linens.  Under the soft glow of candlelight, you could be dining at any fashionable table throughout the centuries.


But what happens when you pair it with other colors?

For a midsummer night’s dream fill your table with bright daffodils or yellow roses, and strategically place in a few Herend’s Chinese Bouquet in Raspberry.


As the leaves begin to change, so will your color scheme.  Winter may be coming but fear not, Royal Crown Derby’s Olde Avesbury pattern mixes in beautifully.  Burnt orange linens and gold-rimmed crystal stemware will perfectly set the mood for those chilly evenings. 

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Recognized by the blue lattice border surrounding a variety of landscape scenes, this popular Chinese pattern inspired a number of European versions, most notably English stoneware. The most fashionable tables in the early American Republic were set with blue and white “Canton” or “Nanking” wares, named for the great Chinese trading ports from which they came. Chinese blue and white porcelain was in demand in this country well into the nineteenth century and has become a part of the heritage of many American families. Blue Canton faithfully recaptures this centuries-old tradition and taste.

Set includes:
Dinner Plate 10" diameter.
Dessert Plate 8 ½" diameter.
Bread & Butter 6 ¾" diameter.
Tea Cup & Saucer 6 ¾" diameter