There are some iconic pairings that stand the test of time.

 

 

Blue and White is one, and a collection

 

 

of antique Flow Blue livens up any interior!

 

 

 

 

First made in the 19th century in England by a variety of potteries,

 

 

Flow Blue Ironstone pieces are avidly collected.

 

 

 

 

A kind of transfer ware with the decorative patterns applied to white glazed

 

 

 

ironstone blanks with a paper stencil, flow blue has a stunning cobalt blue color.

 

 

 

 

 Flow Blue is called that because the designs are slightly “blurred”

 

 

it’s that quality that made flow blue such a immense hit in the United States.

 

 

 

 

The process of making Flow Blue was intentionally created as

 

a way to use less of the expensive cobalt oxide

 

but still get that enchanting deep cobalt blue everyone loved!

 

 

 

Flow Blue patterns fall into a four basic categories:

 

1. Oriental designs {temples, pagodas and Asian themes}

2. Romantic  designs {flowers, animals, town scenes and gardens}

3. Floral designs {lots of flowers, vines and leaves}

4. Brush Stroke designs {mimic hand painted brush strokes with pink & copper luster}

 

 

 

 

 

The most sought after color of Flow Blue is deep dark intense cobalt blue

 

although lighter colors blue were also made.

 

 

Most early Flow Blue was made on ironstone,

 

 

 in the late 1800’s lighter porcelain pieces were made, often with embossed details .

 

 

 

 

 

“Mulberry” flow blue pieces were also quite popular.

 

These were made by going through the transfer process but without adding “flow agents” such as salt

 

so the cobalt coloring stayed in place and the transfer appeared dark black.

 

 

 

Blue and white is always a classic, timeless addition to your home.

 

 

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ARE YOU A FAN OF BLUE AND WHITE?

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ps. There’s still time to enter our give away of this wonderful design book!

 

 

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