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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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Can you tell me of a website that would give me some examples of this type of Majolica?  I have searched and find nothing similar. Thanks

I agree that it is a Moriage beaded ware, and like Vicki mentioned, the transferred portrait is very much Austrian in style. It is definitely not Majolica. 

Aside from the center image, yours looks a lot like this one:


Indeed it does, looks nearly identical! I wonder how they (seller) determined this was Nippon?

Also - LB - are you aware of the Austrians ever using Nippon blanks? Just curious. I have the old Nippon ID book, and don't recall seeing anything quite like this. That's something I'd not heard of, if it was done?

The seller of the article says that it is Nippon - but I have not seen where s/he says that it is marked "Nippon".  Did I miss that statement?  Just because "I" say something does not make it true.

Exactly Betty, That is what I was wondering also. No markings, therefore how can we be certain right?

And, in light of the fact that in my old Nippon ID book, I see nothing quite like this. ??

Wow. The flowers are definitely identical.

From memory, I believe the Matsuoka family discovered or invented moriage in the 1700s. Their family mark is a circle with a cross in it. Different colors represent different time periods. Currently the color is gold. The mark is hidden in the design.  Nippon is Japanese for Japan. It is not an era, epoch or time frame.
Calling this "Nippon" is silly. Like calling "McCoy" American, meaningless.

www.gotheburg.com Japanese marks has very good info on the subject.

I looked at LB's link and that IS NOT MORIAGE, It's Majolica.  And, the Manufacturer is not NIPPON. Nippon is the same as Japan and Japan doesn't make pottery.

And if you looked for a maolica vase, as you said you did, it is not a vase, it's an URN. Here is what I found, https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A86.Jyegc.RYMBoAlkA...

You might not find yours as these are one of a kind, but you should find enough to learn the difference between moriage and majolica.

The following are examples of moriage.  https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A86.J72ddeRYawwAB1o...

Moriage is done with tiny beads that are attached to the urn in various designs, then glazed and fired.

Majolica is done with strips of clay laid onto the urn to form various designs and features,then glazed and fired.

Tom, in what universe is that Majolica? The vase is clearly porcelain. I'm not saying it is guaranteed authentic Japanese Moriage, but it is certainly made to emulate Moriage. I do agree it could be Western European based on the transfer design. 

My opinion. The two styles look similar to each other. I would need to see it to make a definitive statement. Also, LB it's not a vase--it's an urn. Again, my opinion.


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