Pair Silver Lustre Cups and Saucers Made England Circa 1830


This pair of silver lustre cups and saucers have neoclassic decoration. On the border, panels of silver lustre frame a single acanthus leaf painted half in lustre and half in red enamel. The center of each saucer shows a simple red enameled flower with silver lustre leaves. Made in England circa 1830, the cups and saucers were decorated by hand using a stencil.

Dimensions: 5.5″ diameter of the saucer and 3.25″ diameter of the cup x 2.25″ tall

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Silver Lustre

Silver lustre was not produced from silver. Instead, platinum was used, having been discovered in South America circa 1750. The platinum was dissolved in acid and mixed with a derivative of tar. Only one coating was necessary on a white body to achieve a bright, shiny luster.


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