|Description: A wide rimmed white-bodied earthenware teacup with an oriental style painted decoration in dark blue, red, and copper lustre. The interior of the cup is heavily decorated. The exterior sides have three sprigs of stylized floral design in dark blue, red, and copper lustre.
History: The cup is from England, c 1840-1860. The cup is usually called a 'Japan Pattern' similar to Mason's 'Japan Pattern' with a blue underglaze and red overglaze. See Godden, Geoffrey “An Illustrated Guide” (Barrie & Jenkins: London, 1974), 204-205.
General consensus confirms lustreware originated in Baghdad around the 9th century. Gradually the technique of applying a decorative metallic glaze to pottery made its way to Egypt, and by the 13th century, lustreware was being produced in Moorish Spain. The lustreware industry survived the collapse of Arab rule in Spain during the 15th century. At that time, lustreware incorporated both Islamic and Christian influences of design. The technique made its way into Italy and other parts of Europe, but it did not become popular in England until the mid 19th century.