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The floral painted, white bottle belonged to an aunt...perfume bottle? The lustreware vase with lid was a garage sale find from last year. Any information about them would be wonderful.


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What great pieces.  I wasn't able to make out the mark on the perfume bottle, and the lidded piece really has me stymied.  I thought I had seen every type of piece of MIJ on the planet, but no, I've not seen this one.  What size is it?


Carole Bess White

The mark on the perfume bottle is a flower or stylized letters...it's hard to tell, with the words Noritake, hand-painted Nippon around it. The lidded container is about 6" long and 3.5" high...it's mark is a flower with leaves in red with the words "made in Japan" underneath. The white band on the bottom of the piece is iridescent...it's quite lovely. Ricki



The perfume bottle was made during the Hand Painted Nippon era, 1891--1921.  After that, pieces had to be marked Japan or Made in Japan, not Nippon.  I'm still mystified about the lidded container, but it is very attractive anyway.  What is the underside of the lid like?



I'm curious about this container too. Can I email you some more pictures? It wouldn't be a reproduction would it?


Oh, no, it is definitely not a reproduction.  In fact, Made in Japan ceramics have never been reproduced, but they were sometimes reissued, although Hand Painted Nippon pieces have been reproduced. 


Even the fabulous Noritake Art Deco ceramics of the 1920's have never been reproduced, although the company has reissued a few of them as special collector pieces.  They are still in business.


But MIJ isn't considered to be expensive enough to reproduce.  Plus, the luster glazes are very difficult to duplicate.




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