This example is a fake or fantasy Chocolate set, since the mold shapes used for the pot or cups may not ever originally have been used by a Japanese producer during the Nippon era. This set is new and still in production, being available for purchase new as of the day of this writing from a wholesale company that specializes in contemporary reproductions and fakes. That company does not sell old, authentic Nippon porcelain, though they include the word 'antiques' in the name of their business.
Although very pretty, these pieces are heavy and a bit too 'thick' for genuine Nippon porcelain. The gold decoration is too bright and the entire set is free of any visual indication any of the pieces were ever used. A truly old set like this would surely have seen some wear if made in the late 1800's to very early 1900's. Even if a piece was never used, it would occasionally have been moved around or cleaned. The Nippon era ended a long, long time ago, nearly 100 years has passed. It is not realistic to expect items genuinely made during that era to be entirely free of any indication of use or wear. The pieces in this set look 'like new' - because they are new.
Some dealers and collectors are able to tell the difference between authentic Nippon pieces and newer fakes or reproductions (made from molds taken from the originals). They can do this just be the feel of the porcelain or just the the 'look' of the decoration on a piece. But, for most people, especially new dealers and collectors, it can be very difficult to know for sure. And so, they tend to rely on a maker's mark.
It helps to know that this particular mark, containing an hourglass-type figure in the center, was never used by any Nippon era manufacturer. Also, the wreath portion of the mark is upside down from the orientation one should expect to find for wreaths that do appear in authentic marks.
The mark is deceptive in another way in declaring the set to be, 'hand painted.' The floral decoration on this set is well known, as it appears on many other shapes of fake and reproduction articles. The design is applied by machine at the factory, as are the other decorative effects from shaded background to application of the gold. Nothing was painted or applied by an artistic hand.
Search this shop for other non-authentic Nippon marked pieces to review additional information about item characteristics to look for, as well to see examples of other spurious marks which include the word, 'Nippon.'
The pot measures 11 1/2 inches in height, 7 inches from spout to handle, and 5 inches across the base. The cups are 3 inches tall.
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