Nippon porcelain was made in Japan from 1891 to 1921. Nippon is the Japanese word for "Japan." Nippon porcelain was made to be exported to the west, with designs specifically for American tastes, and was less expensive than most European porcelain. A few firms continued to use the word Nippon on ceramics after 1921 as a part of the company name more than as an identification of the country of origin.
Royal Kinron Crown Nippon was made for the domestic Japanese market since 1906. The mark is found in blue, gold and green. This wonderful hand painted tea strainer and cup set is heavily decorated with encrusted gold and hundreds of tiny gold beads. Over the gold background are lovely hand painted rose blossoms in shades of variegated pink, yellow and red with delicate green foliage. The tea strainer measures 6" in length, including the handle and the cup measures 3 1/4" across. The cup is stamped in blue 'Royal Kinron Nippon' with a crown. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint and gorgeous.