This is a lovely vase hand painted and imported by Morimuro Brothers around 1906-1911. It has the green wreath back stamp with the M in the center and the words Nippon Hand painted around the wreath. "Nippon generally refers to Japanese wares made during the period from 1891 to 1921, although the Nippon mark was also used to a limited extent on later wares accompanied by "Japan". Nippon, meaning Japan, identified the country of origin to comply with American importation restrictions. After 1921 "Japan" was the acceptable alternative. The term does not imply a specific type of product and may be found on items other than porcelain." Further references to this stamp can be found in ABC of Collecting Nippon by Joan Van Patten.
Our vase has an elaborate front with a painted formal garden and lake that is surrounded by a black border and extensive moriage gold trim. It is further embellished with black flowers and Doric trim all enhanced with gold raised trim. The vase has elephant handles and measures 5 1/2" long by 2 1/2" deep. The back of the vase is decorated in a portion of a garden and the sides have box enclosed pink roses. The vase is in good condition with losses of gold trim due to usage and age. The lip and handles are also showing gold loss.
It is from the home of famed Emmy winning writer Jenna McMahon.
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Art & Antiques from Victorian through the 1950's and slightly beyond
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