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This vase looks to be hand painted with much of the decoration raised. It is 11 1/4" high and it has no makers mark on the bottom.

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I have no idea, but is very pretty and seems to be of high quality.

It is pretty. I found it today in one of those baskets that Goodwill loads up stuff in to put on shelves. Can't believe it wasn't broken with all the stuff that was on it. Other than it was dirty, it's in excellent shape. I'll have to keep on searching. Thanks.

I really do not know anything about it but I did a quick search and found a couple of similar items that said they were Nippon. I assume it is not marked anywhere ? It is absolutely Beautiful and if it is Nippon you scored ! check out these links and see if you see any similarities. http://caseantiques.com/wp-content/uploads/auctions/may_21_2011/434...


No, unfortunately it isn't marked anywhere. The vases you posted are gorgeous. I see there are some similarities in them. Is there any instance where Nippon doesn't mark their items? Thanks so much for your help.

It is of Japanese origin.  The style of decoration used is called Moriage.

www.kovels.com description of Moriage:

Moriage is a special type of raised decoration used on some Japanese pottery. Sometimes pieces of clay were shaped by hand and applied to the item; sometimes the clay was squeezed from a tube in the way we apply cake frosting. One type of moriage is called Dragonware by collectors.

That's interesting. Thanks for helping.

Both Germany and Austria also did Moriage works, so this is not necessarily Japan.

The style dates to roughly 1860 - 1910's. The Austrian Potteries were probably best known for their "Portrait" pieces. This could be one of theirs. They are seldom if ever marked.

Also the area of Dresden in Germany was well known for similar types of decoration. Although I would not rule out Nippon yet. Best to find some similar pieces and see if you can find colors or images that are very close. That way you many have a better idea, which is yours.

Thanks for all the information.

Very cool, I did not know that.  Excuse my ignorance, I grew up with predominantly Asian influences, since I am Chinese, it was a fairly significant influence in my upbringing.  I've not come across moriage works produced by Germany or Austria before.  How close in appearance are theirs to the style of those of Nippon Moriage?

Hi Michael -  The Nippon era Moriage is somehow more subtle to me. But, when we get to the Japan era ie... Dragon ware for instance, you notice it becomes louder, if you follow me? If you do a search on Antique Austrian "Portrait Vase" and perhaps another on "Antique Dresden Porcelain" probably a comparison would be more evident to you. 

Hope that helps a bit?

This is 1880s style Majolica from western Europe. Moriage is different from this.


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