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Since the mids there have been a wide number of faked Nippon marks appearing on new porcelain. The first fake marks of the s were on blanks with decorations unlike that of original Nippon and were relatively easy to identify. Recent fakes have improved tremendously and have many of the features of originals such as heavy raised gold, pastel colors and very accurate copies of original marks. The manufacture and decoration of pottery and porcelain has been a Japanese tradition for hundreds of years. Japanese porcelain has been commercially imported into the United States from the midth century. By the turn of the century, large dating nippon of Japanese porcelain were being imported and sold throughout the U. The amount increased dramatically when WW I cut off the U.
We get a lot of questions about Nippon backstamps and dates of manufacture. Unfortunately, we are not experts, but we always turn to a wonderful book by someone who is for our information. Joan Van Patten dating nippon written many books on collecting antique Nippon porcelain, and she has compiled known dates for certain backstamps. We are sharing a small list here with pictures of the ones we have come across in our Nippon journeys.
These early pieces had back stamp markings consisting of the traditional Japanese "Kanji" characters for "Nippon" the Japanese name for Japan , as well as the word "Nippon" spelled out in English. Considered to be works of art today, these Nippon-marked pieces are highly prized by collectors; however, dating them can be tricky, unless you know exactly what to look for. Look at the underside of the china piece to determine if it has the original "Nippon" back stamp intact.
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They initially produced a full range of china marked with the Nippon mark and also sold china in-the-white, ie; blanks for decorating by outside agencies and decorators, thus the quality of the earlier finished product can vary. They registered their first Noritake back stamp around and registered their first Noritake mark in the USA around Scroll through as we present a few examples of antique china by Noritake, showing the range of decoration used, the forms and the associated Noritake China marks on the piece. The above and below examples are taken from the antique-marks collection and we regularly buy and sell Noritake china, particularly examples from the s and the Art Deco Period. There is high demand for good quality pieces, dating nippon with some wear to the handles, which is quite common, and they can fetch good prices. Japanese porcelain has almost always been good quality and has almost always been collected. But Noritake is probably the lesser cousin to the more desireable Kakiemon, Satsuma, Kutani and Imari porcelain wares. However we find it appeals to oriental porcelain collectors and that there is a good market for it. The tableware was produced for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
The two characters written vertically read Dating nippon Tokusei i. Satsuma porcelains - mainly produced in and around the city of Kagoshima in Kyushu. The Takito companyis mostly known as one of those specializing on the Lustre ware dating nippon of decoration originally developed by the Noritake company but pieces with moriage decoration in Moriage a'la Kyoto Satsuma on porcelain, are also common. The booklet seems to date to the mid-late s. The word amateur swinger girl cum in western characters means "Japan" and occurs on dating nippon Japanese wares from around until the early s.