The Noritake Company was first registered in 1904 as Nippon Gomei Kaisha. The mark: "Komaru" symbol crowned with "Noritake" and below the mark "Made In Japan". The center symbol said to be taken from the Japanese character "Komaru", meaning "overcoming difficulties". According to the Noritake company tradition this mark was designed when meeting the different culture of the west early in the 20th century caused many problems, also known as the "tree crest mark" which is the clan crest of the Morimura family. This mark is said to have been registered in London for the UK market already in the 1908. Notice the curled up ends of the Komaru symbol which distinguish this mark from later versions. In 1917 the name became Nippon Toki Kabushiki Toki. The "M in Wreath" mark is that of the Morimura Brothers, distributors with offices in New York. It was registered in 1918 and used from the early 1920's through 1941.
This beautiful vase from the earlier Nippon Gomei Kaisha period, circa 1904-1917 is decorated with hand painted pastel pink shaded cherry blossoms and buds nestled among green to yellow leaves on brown branches. The individual elements are delicately outlined with gold. The floral motif blends beautifully against the rich creamy yellow background, gold scroll-work and wide pleated ribbon handles highlighted with gold. The cherry blossoms are deeply symbolic, their short-lived existence taps into a long-held appreciation of the beauty of the fleeting nature of life, as echoed across the nation’s cultural heritage, from tea ceremonies to wabi sabi ceramics. The blossoms also, quite literally, symbolize new beginnings. The vase measures 9 3/4" in height, 5 1/2" across the handles, 2 1/2" across the top opening and 3 1/4" across the bottom. It is stamped in blue with the 'Komaru" symbol. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.
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