DESCRIPTION: A very festive set of four (4) Demitasse/Espresso sets decorated with lustreware and Christmas cheer!
On a brilliant ground of lustreware (photographed in 5PM CA sunlight and shade), the depth of colors is spectacular. Each piece features a transfer of bright red poinsettias surrounded by green leaves and the unmistakable beauty of the holiday season.
The cup is rimmed with brushed gold also found on the flat foot and loop handle. The matching saucer is upswept and distinctive with lavish red and green poinsettias.
Known as the Christmas Star or Christmas flower, the tradition of this holiday flower is said to have originated in Mexico. Legend has it that a small child gathered humble weeds from the side of a road to present at the Christmas Eve altar during Mass. Those in attendance witnessed a miracle when the weeds turned into festive and bright red and green flowers.
A Mexican flowering plant “flor de la noche buena” of the same colors was introduced to the U.S. in 1825 by the first United States Ambassador, Joel Roberts Poinsett, an amateur botanist.
WHY I LIKE IT: The poinsettia is symbolic of good cheer and success, mixed with an abundance of mirth and celebration. Cheers!
ARTIST SIGNATURE: none
BACKSTAMP(s): None. Most likely from Japan.
DIMENSIONS: Cup: 3-1/4” rim to handle x 2” H. Saucer: 4-1/2” dia.
CONDITION: Excellent to Very Good. No chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Manufacturing anomalies may exist; in overall very good condition and appears to have been unused in the past.
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