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I purchased a tea pot that looks very similar to "MARUHON WARE "Clovia"" pattern; however, it does not appear to have the correct makers mark. Only has black marking
As long as "Japan" or "Made in Japan" appeared in the backstamp, U.S. Customs did not care whether a company name or logo was used. When I visited the Moriyama factory for Book 2 of The Collectors Guide to Made in Japan Ceramics, the owner said that sometimes they used their logo and sometimes did not. He also said that whatever U.S. Company that a piece was made for sometimes would request that Moriyama's logo be used or not be used, or they would request that a logo of their own be used.
So if you think your piece looks like Maruhon Clovia, it may be. However, copying was rife among Japanese ceramics makers, so it could be a knockoff.
For selling purposes do I label it early to mid 20th century
NORITAKE ART DECO "Clovia" design? and base my price off of Maruhon?
No, it is not Noritake Art Deco. I would just call it "Clovia, possibly by Maruhon." Early to mid 20th century would be accurate.
thanks so much. I am learning a lot already.