This cheese keeper is among the early wares of Noritake made for export. The decoration in brilliant colors depicting a cornucopia with fruit and a fruit basket was done with a view to appealing to a Western buyer and is hand painted.
The Noritake backstamp on the cheese keeper was first registered in 1918 and used until 1940. I believe that this is at the earlier date because of the wear on the handle of the lid.
The dish measures 7 5/8" in length and is 5 ¾" tapering to 4 ½" in width. The lid rises to 3 ¼" and descends to 1 ½". This covered dish could also be used as a butter dish.
Condition: Mint condition. No chips, no crazing, and the glaze is still brilliantly shiny. Exactly where fingers grasp the handle of the lid to raise it the terracotta glaze is rubbed in a small area. The black line surrounding the green band on the dish is missing in two small areas, one at each end. This does not look rubbed. It may have been like this originally. This is a very attractive and collectible piece of Noritake.
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