The history of Japanese Meito China begins in 1908 with the foundation of the Nagoya Seito Sho company by Kotero Asukai. The Sumitomo Steel Corporation acquired the company during World War II and continued production through the period of American occupation that followed. During Japan's post-war period, the company responsible for producing Meito China, then called the Narumi Seito Narumi company, opened showrooms in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Dallas.
This lovely hand painted compote on a standard, circa 1940's, features a quiet, lake-side, country motif, The pallet, a combination of soft and vivid shades, of yellow, tan, brown, violet, blue and rose/red are beautiful, with gold trim on rim and base. The compote measures 8 1/2" across, 2 7/8" in height and is stamped in green with the company logo and "Meito - Hand Painted - Made in Japan". There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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