The company was founded in 1908 as Nagoya Seito Sho by former Noritake engineer Kotero Asukai. Production bore the backstamp "Meito," which means "fine sword" or "excellent sword." The name is, no doubt, a nod to the company's headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, a city famed for its shrine of the sacred sword that is one of Japan's crown jewels. As other Noritake engineers and artists joined Asukai, Meito wares came to closely resemble those of its competitor.
Meito was acquired by Sumitomo Steel Corporation during World War II, and Sumitomo changed the company name to Narumi Seito Narumi but continued to use the Meito backstamps. Continuing production during the American Occupation, Meito expanded into the American market with showrooms in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and New Orleans.
The beautiful Kenwood platter measures 14” x 9 ½”. The pattern has gray/green floral sprays with pink flowers and platinum trim. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing; there is a sand mark under the glaze, which, of course, happened in the manufacturing process. It is marked on the bottom Kenwood, Japan.
We have an entire set of these dishes and serving pieces that we are listing in our shop.
This would be a beautiful addition to your china collection or to use every day.
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Kenwood 14” Platter by Meito China