A rare and beautiful Noritake Morimura Creamer and Covered Sugar Set that was made in what was referred to as the company’s Deco Period, 1921 - 1924. The hand painted scenes depict Japanese village scenes with men looking out to sea at an approaching junk (boat). Birds soar on the sugar lid.
The painting sensibility is pure, wonderful deco and the colors are vibrant and true. Dish rims (top and base) and handles are gold gilded.
Both pieces are back marked in magenta with ‘M’ in Wreath, crowned “NORITAKE”, and, “HANDPAINTED - MADE IN JAPAN”. Additionally, there are two lines of kana or Japanese characters. This is the traditional mark of their ‘Deco Period”, which dates the set to 1921 to 1924.
Sugar bowl measures 6-1/2 inches across handle to handle and body is 4-1/4 across. It sits 4-1/4 inches high. Creamer is 5-1/2 inches spout to handle and sits 3-3/8 inches high.
The set is in beautiful condition. Absolutely the only thing I can find is a most minor spot of wear to the gold on the creamer handle. The rare imagery is masterful and the colors are rich and vibrant. No chips, cracks, scratches, crazing or repair.
HISTORIQUE: In 1904, after a visit to the World Fair in Paris, the Morimura brothers were inspired to create a company to export modern porcelain and dinnerware of superior quality and artistry. They located a factory near plentiful resources and skilled potters in the small village of Noritake, Japan.