Monday, January 9, 2012

N is for Nippon/ Noritake

Nippon is china manufactured in Japan from 1891 through 1921, at which time the Nippon name was changed to Noritake. The country of Japan had a closed door trade policy with the U.S. for 200 years until the signing of a Trade Treaty in 1858. A year after that trade agreement a Japanese delegation arrived in the States and by 1876 Tchizaemon Morimura and his younger brother had founded an export trading company called Morimura Gumi in Giza, Tokyo. Their retail shop was established in NYC as Morimura Brothers. Back in Nogoya, Japan in 1912, I. Morimura founded Nippon Toki Kaishia, Ltd followed very quickly by the Meito Company and a few others that did not withstand the test of time. From 1920 through the 1930's, Noritake reigned in Japan and perfected the very popular Lustre Ware using metallic film over glaze, thus reflecting the Art Deco Style of the time. Noritake has been continually manufacturing quality china in the United States since the 1960's. Countless pieces of beautifully hand decorated wares can still be found today, with most very reasonably priced. Talk about setting a gorgeous table and enjoying the hunt at the same time. Simply Beautiful!


1 comment:

Gardeningbren said...

I have adored lustre ware for years; sometimes you see the most beautiful pieces selling at ridiculously low prices. Antique bargain price pieces make beautiful gifts filled with soaps, sweets, seed packets or ???

Your Noritake are lovely.

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