Flow Blue China Collecting

Auctions are a great place to find large collections or a few pieces to start your collection.

Once you find a patter you love, do a little internet research to identify the manufacturer’s mark. These marks changes over the years and knowing each mark will help you better identify the age of each piece.

I have been collecting this flow blue china pattern for years. I own about 75 pieces all at least 110 years old. For the most part, my collection of matching plates, platters, bowls, and tureens has been collected one piece at a time.

For a more eclectic look, start with a lot of mixed patterns.

Vintage repaired wares are what serious collectors commonly refer to as “mends” and are highly sought after. The value depends on many factors, but an otherwise insignificant piece can be quite valuable due to the rarity of mends.

I found an amazing lot at auction at even more amazing price. Not one piece survived the bumpy road between Pennsylvania and California. Ugh! The silver lining is that I love the pattern, broken or in one piece, so those fragments will become lamps or a country dining room fireplace surround.

I always mix in contemporary pieces like these from Bunny Williams available at treillageny.com.


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2 comments on “Flow Blue China Collecting
  1. John Luczak says:

    I have a Flow Blue celery bowl/dish and I’m looking to identify the pattern but can’t find what I think is a good source.

  2. DCL says:

    Several options: flow blue pattern books on eBay, a local antiques dealer, or an auction house appraisal day. The patterns I collect are very often not listed correctly on eBay. For example, a seller unfamiliar with flow blue may list the item as “old blue and white platter” instead of “flow blue platter”. I eventually find the names of patterns I like simply by eBay shopping and getting really creative about the search terms I use. Good luck and happy collecting! D.