Lustre Love is the appreciation and humble " LOVE" of lusterware" to which, I am smitten, especially in the china department.
Royal Sealy, is a vintage porcelain manufacturer known for their highly collectible teasets ( 1940-1950).... Like the glimmer of the silkworms, Art Deco styled cups and saucers were made in Japan for export. The designs are history and became the most popular collecible of the era. I'm tickled pink to be able to share one of my favorite Japanese inspired cup and saucer with you.
I must admit that living in Japan( five years) certainly does gives a person, a lustered appreciation of cultural folk arts and the
brilliancy of beauty, sheen and gloss ... which is exactly what lustreware is .... a glaze, a varnish or an enamel applied to porcelain in a thin layer and giving it a smooth, glistening surface. It's quite dazzling!!!
I was first attracted to the octangular beauty of this porcelain by it's opalescent pink coloration.... and ... bought it on sight. My first impression was look on the bottom and see where it was made... " JAPAN " !!!!!! Yes .. exclamation mark ... not impressed , but upon research , I realized that occupied Japan items, Nippon and general Japanese porcelain pieces are really state of the art artifacts , even without the ' made in England " stamp.
I quess, a Honey Tea would honor this cup, but I have never sipped, even a drop from it's ethereal being ... Somehow, I feel that it is either, too fragile or too elusive, like a butterfly... It is a work of art. !!!!
The honeycomb body is rare, if not unique in the teacup and saucer world. The raised mold of this inner cup is enhanced by the pearlized pink/lavender finish . A lot of imagination went into creating this delicate tea sipper.
If you look deep enough into the essence of the cup, it might remind you of the Nellie Moser Clemetis petals that shimmers like fairy gossamer in the sunlight....Beautiful !!!! ... or you might just find a quiet moment to reflect... We had a tornado touch down last month so, I find these reflective moments of nature with my teatime, a calming therapy !!!! .
Goodness, I must admit to a fetish for the 3-footed, gold gilded beauties that balance, soooooo .... daintily on their base. Infact, I smirk at the simple audacity of this saucy little set, to display itself so boldly, yet, it's also so much like a Grecian urn, sitting silently in a corner, waiting for admiration ... " will someone please notice me " ... Often times, I feel like Disney, sweeping the inanimated objects into animation ... I quess I shan't worry until I start talking to the cups and saucers ... That's the problem ... I do ( Ha Ha) !!!
Japanese artists have focus and precision when it comes to balancing beauty and nature. An opalescent finish, combined with a hand-painted metallic gold gild, is why lustreware and fine china are still sought out by collectors.
If you do feel the urge to collect something a little different ... Please .... pause for a moment to just admire the creative aspects of the Japanese teasets... It really is fine porcelain art, fit for a King or Queen ... Oops ... Emperor or Empress!!!!
Thank you all for your kind visits and know that I'm so excited to visit your Teacup Tuesday Blogs.
Would you like to try a crumpet with your tea today ?