Date: March 28, 2020 | Photography: Rett Peek | Producer: Tiffany Adams |
When it comes to traditional style, blue and white are, perhaps, America’s favorite color pairing—and the tabletop is no exception. Flow Blue china has been a staple in homes across the country since the mid 1800s. Named for and identified by its blue ink, which appears to bleed (or “flow”) to give a blurred effect, the design can be found on a wide variety of pieces from vases to teapots. The look is achieved with the addition of ammonia or lime during the glazing process; however, it’s uncertain whether the first instance of its creation was intentional or a happy accident. Whatever the case, it caught on and was highly popular through World War I. Landscape scenes, chinoiserie, and florals are among the most prevalent depictions. Because it was widely produced in the United States, pieces are readily found in antique shops and loved ones’ treasured cupboards today.