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<this is quite a plain version of the famous willow pattern which varies quite considerably between potteries. Since the plate was bought at a flea market it will probably have its origins in cheap mass-production.../>
< the willow pattern tells the story of the star-crossed lovers, Koong-Se a mandarin's daughter and his secretary Chang, who was deemed too lowly for his daughter's hand. The lovers run away and live happily together till they are caught and put to death by the mandarin's henchmen. In death the gods immortalise them by transforming the lovers into two doves.../>