These Noritake Mandarin ducks are absolutely breathtaking. Delicately crafted and painted, they would be beautiful showcased on your shelf. They are decorated in soft browns and buff with pink feet and bills. This quality of the bone china in phenomenal and feels wonderful to the touch. The male duck measures 8 ¼” long, 5” tall, and 3 ½” wide; the female is 6 ½’ long, 3 1/8” wide and 2 ¾” tall. On the tips of the bills white paint highlights the bills, but in the photos, it may look like chips. On the tip of one of the male’s wing feathers is a tiny white spot which appears to be a decorating flaw, since it feels like it’s under the glaze. From the mark on the bottom, these are probably from the 1920s or very early 1930s. In 1904, the Morimura brothers formed the Nippon Taki Kaisha company (which later became Noritake) to manufacture their porcelain items, and these two pieces carry that company name in the mark. References to Nippon were dropped in the 1920s, and I’ve never seen that name referenced in any Noritake pieces I’ve ever handled. They still retain their original foil stickers, too. These are truly special pieces!
These are priced as a pair – and it is hard to find both birds as a set.
This would be a fabulous addition to your bird collectibles or as decorative pieces. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please look at the photos closely, they are part of the description of the item. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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