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Huxingting 'The Willow Pattern Tea House', Shanghai, c.1907
Title : Huxingting 'The Willow Pattern Tea House', Shanghai, c.1907
Topic : Other collections
Location : Shanghai
Date (start) : 1907
Estimated dates : 1907
Nature : B&W Photo
Support image : Paper
Caption on support : Chinese Tea House
Information data : University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: no01-01.
From the book 'Shanghai' (published by Max Nössler, c.1907).
This tea house, the Huxingting (heart-of-lake) is approached by a zigzag bridge (The Nine Curve Bridge). It is believed by some to be one of the inspirations for part of the imaginary scene depicted on English willow-pattern crockery. This popular crockery design was developed by Thomas Turner in Shropshire, England in 1780.
"South China is evidently the home of the story of the willow pattern which used to be so commonly painted on English china, for here the children's clothes, pinafores and ribbons are all embroidered with silk in this pattern." (Source: Kate Pruen 'The Provinces of Western China', 1906.)
See also pe01-048, Bk02-03 and Bk03-04.
Woo Sing Ding Tea House.
Keywords : Nössler;architecture;bridge;leisure;tea