Japanese lusterware is distinctive because of its iridescent glaze and frequent use of the colors orange and a pretty greenish-blue. Once you see a few pieces you can pretty much spot it at 20 paces because it all has a very particular look, despite the fact that there were dozens of manufacturers.
According to this website, most Japanese lusterware dates from the mid-1920s to the end of the 1930s. I assume it was primarily made for export. The items I see most commonly are tea sets, especially children's tea sets.
Even before I acquired Gram's tea set, Japanese lusterware always caught my eye when I was out thrifting. Odd pieces turn up not infrequently at the thrift stores and I always looked at them, but never purchased any because I just didn't want to start collecting them. Recently I finally caved in and purchased a bag that contained both this set
and this ashtray.
And then more recently, I purchased this sweet little cup at an estate sale:
But now I'm positively determined NOT to buy any more Japanese lusterware! Honestly, the colors don't match anything in my house and I have no where to display them. I found a bag with a few pieces of a tea set recently at the thrift store and I passed it up, so I think I might be cured, but if I find any more sweet little cups with tiny green birds on the tops, I don't think I'll be able to restrain myself!
Is there anything that you're determined NOT to collect?