Dating nippon china
Please note there are wear marks in the middle of “Nippon” and the Pagoda. “Oriental China Nippon”, no known manufacturing date(s).
“Cherry Blossom Hand Painted Nippon”, found in blue (shown), green & magenta.
You will need to pick up one of Joan Van Patten’s books in order to get all the information you need. The lines in the spoke mark above almost appear straight, whereas these have more curved parallel lines with a straight line going down the middle.
Some current marks include pattern or series names including Impromptu, Oneida, Grandceram, New Lineage, Noritake Tea Collection, among others. The most current Noritake mark includes ‘Noritake Bone China’ above a Grecian style urn, within a wreath and with ® and Japan below.
The use of Nippon can sometimes cause confusion as some pieces bear marks that state simply ‘Oriental China, Nippon’ around a rising sun.
These Nippon marked pieces are highly desireable but collectors should be wary of faked Nippon marks on later pieces, particularly from the 1960’s.
There is high demand for good quality pieces, even 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.
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