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Blue and White China Patterns

There are so many gorgeous china patterns to choose from! One color combination that I gravitate to is blue and white—classic and timeless. Blue and white china has been popular in Europe since the 17th century, when it was imported to Europe from China, and in America since the 18th century. Owning a set of blue and white dishes from China during the 17th and 18th centuries was a way to signify one’s importance, prosperity, and worldliness.

Blue and white dishes mix well with other styles and they work beautifully with many different colors of table linens.  Blue and white is an elegant and tasteful choice that is versatile and can look both traditional and modern.

Here are nine pretty china patterns featuring blue and white:

1.Blue Danube by Blue Danube

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Southern Living

The Chinese inspired Blue Danube pattern, introduced in 1951, represents happiness and good fortune.

2.Blue Italian by Spode

Scully and Scully


The Blue Italian pattern has been in production since 1816, and there have been dozens of variations in the pattern over the years. All of the versions of the Blue Italian pattern feature classic European architectural scenes.

3.Blue Geranium by Spode 

Ina Garten’s table in the Hamptons. The teacup is Blue Geranium.



Blue Geranium has been my everyday China since I got married, and I still love the pattern. Blue Geranium is based on a pattern from 1820, and, as best I can tell, it has been discontinued. The online store called Replacements is a good source for purchasing discontinued china, as are eBay and Etsy.

4.Blue Onion by Meissen

via The Neo Trad

The German porcelain pattern Blue Onion has been produced since the 18th century. It is a European version of an original Chinese pattern that was popular at that time.

5.Blue Willow

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The Blue Willow pattern, which features a traditional Chinese scene, has been produced for centuries by many different companies and is one of the most popular china patterns ever produced. I especially like the antique versions. There are affordable modern versions of Blue Willow, such as the one by Johnson Brothers pictured above. 


 6. Chinese Bouquet (Blue) by Herend

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The Pink Pagoda via Instagram
Neiman Marcus

The elegant and formal Chinese Bouquet pattern comes in a variety of colors, but the blue is my favorite! In the center of the plate there is a stylized peony, which is surrounded by a garland of leaves with 24K gold rosettes.

7.Blue Fluted Full Lace by Royal Copenhagen

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Shop Horne

The delicate floral Blue Fluted Full Lace pattern was first produced in 1775, the same year that Royal Copenhagen was founded in Denmark.

8.Imperial Blue by Mottahedeh

Veranda via Pinterest
Neiman Marcus

Imperial Blue may be my new favorite! This vibrant blue ornate pattern is based on an 18th century Chinese pattern.

9.Rothschild Bird (Blue) by Herend

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This hand painted Rothschild Bird porcelain is a perfect match for my love of birds and affinity for blue and white.

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Which of the patterns presented above do you like best?  There are so many other beautiful patterns—is there one that you love that I forgot to include?

















15 thoughts on “Blue and White China Patterns

  1. I chose Rothschild bird for my wedding china. I love it and love they have the banded colors. However it’s so $$$ I didn’t end up with many place settings! Haha. I also love the blue willow. I have some of that in my b&w collection. It’s a good mixer for the real stuff -which I only have 4 pieces of antique Canton! And I also love the Chinese Bouquet- but I’d probably get green. Great post as always, Elizabeth! 💙💙


  2. I have and adore Blue Willow. I also love Blue Italian, Old Britain Castles, and Calico. I have bits and pieces of these patterns and others (some in pink as well) and it’s so much fun to mix and match with each other or with my cabbage plates or white dishes. They all can dress up or down so easily. I have also noticed that I usually choose Calico for my cereal bowl, Willow for my salad lunch plate, Blue Italian at dinner, and for any girlfriend meals, I use my few Spode Botanical plates. To me blue and white is a neutral that goes with everything!

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    1. Jenni, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! I wasn’t familiar with the Old Britain Castles pattern and just looked it up and love it! Thank you for introducing me to that. I also love the mix of the different patterns–it is so much more interesting than using a matching set. I like your idea of using your blue and white dishes with green cabbage plates–blue and green look so fresh together! 💙


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