All decorative patterns have names. Some names have been forgotten, others, like the Willow pattern, are still widely known some 200 years after their first appearance. British ceramics often have names of patterns written in the makers marks, which is very useful.
Here are some of the most popular patterns we encounter on a daily basis.
Willow pattern — probably the most popular and famous decorative pattern used on ceramics. It originates in late 18th century England and simply combines many different Chinese and Chinese-inspired decorative elements in one design. Any stories and fables about the origins and interpretation of Willow design are not Chinese — they were invented to explain the elaborate composition.
Gaudy Welsh — a name of a popular decorative pattern on British ceramics that appeared in the early 19th century. Gaudy Welsh is a very bold and distinctive pattern, mainly featuring stylised flowers and shells in dark blue and vivid orange colours.
Asiatic Pheasant — this is a name of very popular British decorative pattern on ceramics from the 19th century. It features a rich floral composition with stylised birds, inspired by Oriental design elements. Often Asiatic Pheasant pattern is done in pale blue and white colours.