Azalea, the most popular of all Noritake china patterns is an antique design that dates back to 1904 (or earlier). Porcelain demi cups & saucers in the pattern (# 19322) can be hard to find and are highly collectible. Use the set(s) offered here to enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, tea, espresso, etc. The listing price is per set. Buy two or more and save on shipping.
A Larkin catalog describes "Azalea" as:
"Dainty, thin, white imported China beautifully decorated with hand-painted pink and white Azaleas and green leaves. Edges richly outlined in gold. . . For afternoon tea, they are ideal. A most attractive ornament for the china-closet, sideboard, or buffet. They are wonderful values."
MARK: Noritake red "M in wreath" Hand Painted, Made in Japan mark with Chinese / Japanese characters, registered by Nippon Toki Kaisha, Ltd. (DS #29.1).
CONDITION: Excellent Vintage Condition (no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs).
COLORS: Each piece has a bone china white background and gold trim. The beautifully hand painted flowers and buds are light pink to pale fuchsia - magenta. Their centers are yellow with a hint of orange and lovely white moriage - like enamel "anthers" (the part that holds the pollen). The leaves are various shades of yellow and green, including teal; they are accented by a touch of black.
SIZE: the dainty cup is about 2.25" tall; the saucer is about 4.5" in diameter.
ORIGIN: early 20th Century, made in Japan (MIJ) - of Japanese (Asian, Oriental) derivation, most old Noritake collectibles were designed in the USA at the Morimura Brothers Trading Company in New York City, then produced and hand painted at the Nippon Toki Kaisha, Ltd. ("the Company that makes Japan's Finest China") factory in Noritake for export to Western markets.
Categories: Dinnerware, Tableware: After Dinner Coffee, Tea, Cocoa