"A kidney oozed bloodgouts on the willowpatterned dish: the last. He stood by the nextdoor girl at the counter. Would she buy it too, calling the items from a slip in her hand?" (U4.145)

The Willow Pattern, or Blue Willow, is a distinctive and elaborate pattern used on ceramic kitchen & housewares. It was designed by an English engraver at the Caughley porcelain factory (most likely Thomas Minton or Thomas Turner) c. 1780, in the 'chinoiserie' style. The landscape typically has, at the center of the composition, a willow tree and two flying doves; on the right a large building with an ornate roof; on the left a smaller building, a variety of trees, and a bridge with human figures; in the foreground a zigzag fence. This is a Willow Pattern bread plate from Wicklow, Ireland.