Discontinued vintage NORITAKE bone china porcelain demitasse teacup / tea cup and saucer set in a CHRYSANTHEMUM & PAULOWNIA design. (c. 1985) Excellent condition and will include the combined original Certificate of Authenticity from Noritake Co, Limited, Noritake, Nishi-Ku, Japan and and the Danbury Mint. This fine bone china cup and saucer set is number 16 in the set of the Danbury Mint's Cups & Saucers of the World's Great Porcelain Houses together with the original box from the Danbury Mint. The first cup & saucer set was released and shipped out on October 31, 1983 and the 25th (last) cup and saucer set was released and shipped out on December 31, 1985!
This dramatic design on this teacup and saucer, expressly adapted for this collection, clearly displays the harmonious blending of the best of Eastern and Western cultures. The striking Carmine glaze on the porcelain symbolizes prosperity and celebration, while the two blossoms of the Chrysanthemum and the exotic Paulownia also convey their own messages: The Chrysanthemum appears on the crest of Japan's Imperial Family and the Japanese believe it brings good luck. The Paulownia is a three-leafed plant, and its blossom is the traditional roosting place of the fabled Phoenix, the bird which rises from the ashes of defeat.
The graceful flowing lines of this cup and saucer are further enhanced by a rim of 24K gold which has been painstakingly applied by hand.
Noritake Company Limited was founded in 1904 by Ichizaemon Morimura for the primary purpose of manufacturing and exporting high-quality chinaware to the United States. Noritake is located in the Nagoya region of Japan, an area world famous for its production of fine porcelain for the export market.
In 1858, less than a half-century before the founding of this factory, the first treaties were signed, opening trade agreements with the West. With the overthrow of Japan's feudal war lords, the Shoguns, and the restoration of power to the Emperor, Mutschito, commercial exchange with other nations began to flourish.
Prior to Mutschito's reign, known as the Meiji (Enlightened Rule) era, Japanese pottery had been made according to traditional methods and only for domestic use.
The House of Noritake led the way in employing the more up-to-date techniques of the West for manufacturing fine porcelain. Noritake soon became world famous for perfect, white translucent porcelain. Noritake's high-quality coffee and tea sets are especially well known.
This fine bone china demitasse teacup measures 2.5" tall, 2-3/8" in diameter at the tea cup lip and 3" from the tip of the teacup handle to the outside tip of the teacup. The matching saucer measures 4.25" in diameter. Both are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and are marked on the bases with DESIGNED & PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE DANBURY MINT, NORITAKE, JAPAN. The original Danbury Mint styrofoam shipping box will be included.
Item ID: RL2093
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