The Blue Danube pattern was inspired from a somewhat similar pattern created during the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1260-1368 AD). The designs showcase flowers which in Chinese culture symbolize happiness and good fortune. This ancient Chinese pattern which was so sought after it paved the way for the creation of the Blue Danube pattern.
The Blue Danube china pattern was developed in 1951 Blue Danube China company, based in Japan and was distributed to the United States, Canada, Australia and part of Europe by Lipper International who held the patent for its design and distribution. The Blue Danube is under glazed on translucent porcelain and each piece is highly chip resistant and dishwasher safe.
A variety of backstamps were used throughout its production, the original being used in 1951 through 1976 showcased the words Blue Danube on a ribbon banner with the words Reg. US. Pat. Off. underneath it. Then it was followed with the boxed backstamp which was used between 1977 and 2000. At the start of 2001 a new backstamp was introduced with the words Blue Danube in a scrollwork and the word Japan beside it.
The Blue Danube china pattern has been discontinued in 2010 but replacements are still available online.
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