Posted 2 years ago
This miniature Noritake vase is 4.25" high x 2.5" widest diameter, signed by artist and Noritake stamp on base. I just wanted to see what one of these looked like and found a mint one for $4 so took the plunge. The Noritake marks site dates this to 1946. It is a nice little vase, but pretty useless except for squinting, er, looking at. Still it is nice to see such a small, fragile piece survive for 74 years and counting. The artist signature looks like "S. Siho" and guessing there are serious Nortitake collectors who know exactly who that is, but I do not. It may be just the signature of the painter, not also the potter's but I could be wrong. I did not find much about this "Nippon Toki" line of pottery, but there is a lot of it out there.
Some history about the Noritake company from the same site linked below:
"In 1876 'the founder' Baron Ichizaemon Morimura founded 'Morimura Bros Inc.', not long after Japan opened its doors to the world (end of the Feudal Sogunate Governing Lords 1868), and established export office in Toyko and a retail and wholesale office in New York trading as 'Morimura Brothers Co'. With his astute business acumen he realised that the American market was positioned to receive imports of Japanese porcelain. The range of products imported during this period to the U.S.A., were china, gifts and other decorative products sourced from independent factories around Nagoya.
In order to ensure that his exports were of the highest quality, 'the founder' recognised the need to control production. In 1904 he established the 'Nippon Toki Gomei Kaisha' (the forerunner of the present Noritake Co., Limited) and the first factory was constructed in the then small village town of Noritake, Nagoya, Japan.
Six years later, in 1910, the first china products from the new company, called Nippon Toki Kaisha, left Japan for the U.S.A. market.
This is the best site I have found, so far, for dating Noritake pottery marks: