SET of 4, LUSTREWARE, China Tea Cups & Saucers,Early to Mid Century, Made in Japan, Eggshell China, Scenic Windmill, Cherry Blossoms, Gift


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Vintage from the 1940s


Cup capacity: 6 Fluid ounces



This set of 4 classic eggshell thin peach and blue lustreware china tea cups and saucers was made in Japan probably either before the end of WW II or after production started in earnest again in the 1950s and 60s -- my guess based on research is before the end of WWII.

Lusterware is a technique that is centuries old. The iridescent quality is the result of a metallic glaze that is applied during the last firing. It is made of particles of real gold suspended in a liquid medium, usually a pine oil resin. After being applied to your piece, it is fired in order to burn off the organic binder. What remains is a layer of real melted gold on your piece -- the the charming high gloss and sparkling lustre quality. Because of the resin used in the process tiny specs & bubbles are not uncommon -- the finished product was not required to be glassy smooth.

The bucolic scene on the cups and carried over onto the saucers is classic Japanese with lots of curved lines and soothing images of grass, trees, birds, a windmill, and lots of cherry blossoms spilling down from the tops of the cups.

The cups measure 3 7/8" across the top and 1 7/8" tall. The saucers are 5 1/2" wide. The set of 4 cups and saucers which are priced together are in very nice condition, no cracks or chips, only some wear from the hands to the gold trim on the handles. The 5th cup and saucer is priced separately and suffers from the two small chips in the last photo. The finish of its saucer also included a few more black specs than average. The extra saucer came with this set from their original home, and while it blends nicely it is a heavier china with no marking on the bottom. I am including the flawed cup and saucer and extra saucer separately for you to decide if you want to include them in the order, or perhaps you need them and not the set of 4.

Orders totaling over $35 ship free. The set of 4 and anything you may choose to add to it from Eclectica Gallery will ship free. Lesser priced orders only will add a small shipping charge.

I think these classics make a wonderful gift for a vintage/antique/unique cup and saucer lover -- and the soothing zen aura the scene creates is a very popular feature these days.

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