Collecting with Michael Taylor: Chinese Jade and Chinoiserie Chic

Every collector has their special area of interest, and we can’t get enough of carved jade. Antique or modern, the timeless beauty of jade has proved hard to resist.  We have some truly magnificent 19th and 20th century pieces in Gallery I.

Jade has been prized throughout the ages for its durability and beauty and historically significant pieces of carved jade abound in museums and in private collections.

Most Chinese jade today comes from the northwestern province of Xinjiang.

Color varies from white, to yellow, to dark green and all shades in between. The neutral tones of jade pieces blend into both traditional and contemporary décor.

We also love chinoiserie art, furniture and accents and feature several large carvings, vases and cabinets in Gallery I.

Whether you are a fan of chinoiserie chic, or are just looking for authentic and interesting art to fill your home, we have a fabulous selection. Please come by and ask manager Jerry for a personal tour of our jade pieces; he’d be happy to show you what we’ve got in stock.

Also, this week we’re offering a 25% discount on all accessories in Gallery I, which includes jewelry and home décor.

We’re open Thurs.-Sat., 10am-5pm, or by appointment. We’ll see you soon!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company

Blue Willow Dinnerware

Blue Willow Plate
Blue Willow Dinnerware

The Legend

First offered nearly 200 years ago by a famous English maker of fine china, Blue Willow is still the most popular pattern to ever appear on dinnerware.

The popularity of the pattern has not faded with time or lifestyle changes as fashions and fads usually do. Blue Willow is as collectable today as ever and is still predominantly made in England.

The legend goes that once there lived a wealthy Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter named Hong Shee who fell in love with her fathers secretary, a gentleman named Chang. To keep the lovers apart, the father imprisoned his daughter in the palace. One day she was finally able to escape and meet her lover. The two happy lovers raced over the bridge to a waiting boat. They managed somehow to elude the Mandarin, reach the boat and sail away.

As they sailed, a storm came along, the boat foundered, and the couple were lost at sea.

It is said that two lovebirds appeared immediately thereafter, the spirits of Hong Shee and Chang, and live on to this day.