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Early Pink Lustreware Handleless Cup & Saucer w/Floral Decoration
England was a major producer of lustreware items. In the early 19th century there were about 250 local potteries working in lustrewares in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Lustreware can be described as any ceramic object that has a special compound applied over the initial glaze to achieve a bright metallic decoration. There are three kinds of lustre - silver, copper and pink. Gold is used to create pink. The gold mixture over a redware body produces copper and over a white body produces pink.
This lovely pink lustre handleless cup and saucer, circa 1830, is probably of English origin. Both pieces are decorated with cartouches framed in a soft green, surrounding a deep pink rose bud with lustre leaves. The wide borders have a soft pink background decorated with lustre swirls, dots and trim accents. The saucer measures 5 3/4" across and 1 1/4" in depth so the hot tea could be poured in the saucer to cool and them drank directly from the saucer. The cup measures 3 1/4" across and 2 1/4" in depth. There are no makers marks, only a "2" on the saucer and a "6" on the cup which could be size, pattern or decorator mark. There is a no harm chip on the inter-rim on the base of the saucer. There are no other cracks, chips or repairs; minor age related decoration wear. A beautiful early piece.
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Ronald Bry, Oregon, IL
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