Blue Willow dinnerware originated in England, circa 1780. The design represents a famous Chinese legend and depicts the garden of a wealthy Chinese man. In the story, his daughter falls in love and elopes with his clerk. The father pursues the young couple onto the bridge where they transform into lovebirds that flutter off beyond his reach. The weeping willow tree, pagodas, bridge and lovebirds are central components to the story and are shown on all pieces in the collection. Blue Willow is one of the most popular and collected dinnerware designs in the world today.