We are pleased to offer this very special lustreware cup and saucer made in England, circa 1830. The cup and saucer both show a hand painted songbird perched in a tree with green leaves and grass on a purple ground. The colors purple and green are the colors which are most rare in lustreware!
In addition to purple and green the painter used orange, gray, and yellow on the bird and the tree.
The border is copper lustre.
5″ diameter of saucer x 2.75″ height of cup
Excellent with very, very slight wear to the lustred glaze
Background of Lustreware:
Lustreware or Lusterware is pottery with a second glaze produced by metallic oxides painted over the glaze finish, which is then given a second firing at a lower temperature in a muffle kiln which excludes oxygen.
Lustre technology probably began sometime between the 4th and 8th centuries AD. Lustre decoration was first used as a glass-painting technique. From there its use in pottery probably began in Málaga Spain which was the first center of lustred Hispano-Moresque ware. Eventually its use spread to the region of Valencia, and then to Italy, where it was used to enhance Renaissance Maiolica.
Lustreware became popular in Staffordshire pottery during the beginning of the 19th century, where it was used by Josiah Wedgwood, who introduced pink and silver lustre beginning in 1805.