Blue Willow 2 Tier Tray
According to lore, there was once a wealthy Mandarin with a beautiful daughter who fell in love with her father's humble household accountant. Her father angrily banished the man from his house and forbade his daughter to ever speak to her beloved again. He then arranged for her to marry a powerful duke just as soon as the willow tree shed its blossoms. On the eve of her wedding to the duke, the young accountant, disguised as a house servant, slipped into the palace and sought out his beloved. They quickly made their escape, commandeering the duke's boat and escaping to a secluded island where they hid away blissfully for many years. But the duke pursued them relentlessly and, upon eventually discovering their hiding place, vengefully ordered his soldiers to seize them and put them to death. The gods, moved by the young lovers' tragic plight, transformed them into a pair of doves.
Designed by ceramic artist Douglas Hague.
Top plate 8" dia. Bottom plate 10" dia. Total height assembled measures 9" tall.