Brexit plate
The re-imagined Willow pattern plate. The plate is priced at £45 from The British Museum. Image copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum.

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While we wait, can you spot the 12 features in this re-imagined Willow pattern which pictures one Brexit scenario?

Motifs subtly adapted from the original late 18th century chinoiserie design include:

  • 1 The coasts of Britain and north-western Europe
  • 2 Storm clouds brewing over Britain
  • 3 Britons with wrecking bar and sledge hammer walking away from a wrecked bridge between the UK and Europe
  • 4 Refugee parent and child in an enclosure south of Calais
  • 5 Westminster shaken by the outcome of the referendum
  • 6 Politics in Brussels
  • 7 Positive EU legislation represented by better access for disabled around Europe
  • 8 Changing trade rules between the UK and other EU member states
  • 9 Angela Merkel watching over events as they unfold
  • 10 A boat full of EU nationals leaving the UK to return to continental Europe
  • 11 New trading alliances for the UK outside the EU
  • 12 The 12 stars of the EU flag reconfiguring
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A key of where the re-imagined Willow pattern images are.

Read about how the art and antiques trade, like businesses up and down the country, are preparing for every Brexit eventuality.

The British Museum is also selling a pair of blue and white transferware printed egg cups. Decorated with motifs from the Weeping Willow plate (see following image), Hard Brexit has an oak motif and a shooting star. They are priced at £35 from The British Museum.