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3844Re: [aloha-donblanding] Brown Willow

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  • Mark Murray
    Sep 20, 2005
      I've attached a page from an old magazine from 1985 called "Old Stuff" which
      tells the story of the Willow Plate Pattern. Apologies extended for the size
      of the attachment. In order for you to read it, I scanned it at 50% of its
      original size...

      You should be able to save it to a file on your computer and print it out for
      your records.

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      Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:25 AM
      Subject: Re: [aloha-donblanding] Brown Willow

      There's a book published (may be out of print by now), The Story of the
      Willow Plate Pattern, that tells the story. Doesn't show an author except saying
      from "Charles Lamb's Essay" published by Alexander Morning Limited at the De
      La More Press, 1952.

      Short version: The house shown on the right-hand side is a Chinese house of
      unusual extent and magnificence, shown by being 2 stories high, a rare thing
      in China. It belonged to a mandarin of great power and influence. His wife
      had died and he lived there with his only daughter, Koong-se, and his
      secretary, Chang. The two fell in love. The mandarin was against their marriage.
      The 3 figures on the bridge: Koong-se carrying a distaff, the emblem of
      virginity; the second is Chang the lover bearing off a box of jewels; the third is
      the old mandarin.. chasing the couple. Other things take place, describing
      other figures on the plate, but in the end, the couple are transformed into
      the two doves seen at the top of the plate.


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