This piece is really a collectors item, produced during the First World War. While not likely unique, it is certainly a very rare piece. It measures 11.5 by 11.5 and is approx.
The MIKADO pattern was very successfully introduced in the late 1890s and quite likely named after Gilbert and Sullivans operetta. White china with cobalt blue designs was first produced in the Middle East in the 9th C and by the 15th C was being made in both China and Japan.The Willow Pattern, itsstory of tragic lovers , bedazzled the Europeans, who were fascinated by all things Oriental during the late 17th , 18th &19 Century. The unique brush painting technique of blue cobalt on white bone china are from the Orient.. The WillowPattern, itself, is NOT Oriental art, but rather one of the best known artistic expressions of how 18th C Europeans viewed the Orient. The romantic fable associated with the pattern (probably invented by Spode/Minton) has its origins in England and no links to China or Japan.
The pattern has been used by many companies producing an array of dinnerware.... Some mass produced (Blue Collar Willow). While others were exquisitely crafted. Royal Crown Derbys Mikado is, by far, the finest.The deep Royal blue and white colour are no longer made. The dish will be carefully wrapped, insured and mailed via Standard Canada Post. Please, contact me if you have any questions. The item "REDUCEDVery rare 1917 Antique Royal Crown Derby BLUE MIKADO CENTERPEICE" is in sale since Wednesday, February 3, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Royal Crown Derby". The seller is "designstatements" and is located in Calgary. This item can be shipped to Canada, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States.