Vintage Noritake Teacups Handpainted in the 1940s - Pink Florals, Gold Handles - Set of 4
...away and away sailing into a keen City which nobody's ever visited, where always it's Spring and everyone's in love and flowers pick themselves... e.e. cummings
Made in Japan in the 1940's this set of four Noritake teacups is beautifully handpainted, each an exquisite little canvas unto its own. Complete with golden handles and gold rims, two of these cups bear the rare 1940s Noritake crown logo which is especially fun for collectors. The other two teacups bear the Noritake "M' logo inside a laurel wreath that was in use beginning in the 1920's. Similar to Noritake's azalea pattern, the flowers on these cups look more like wild roses, yet they retain some mystery as we have yet to determine the exact name of this pattern. Another little nod towards rarity perhaps! We will continue researching vintage Noritake until we come up with the pattern name.
In the meantime, Noritake was first started by the Morimuro brothers in 1875 who imported china and giftware from Japan to New York City. That's what the M stands for on the Noritake backstamp. The brothers did not get into the manufacturing business until 1904 when they started their own porcelain factory in Nagoya, Japan. It took ten years to refine their style and build up a foundation of products that would eventually become sought after around the world. As symbols of elegance, artistry and superior craftsmanship, Noritake has been dazzling tabletops for over 100 years. Still in business today, it is a wonderful example of a distinct art form that has successfully navigated the changing landscapes of the 20th century. Without ever losing their relevancy, sense of unique style and beautiful craftsmanship, Noritake is still as classic and stylish and sought after as it was in 1920 and will continue to be into 2020.
- Gold handles
- Gold rims
- Handpainted design
- Matching set of 4
- Stamped on bottom with makers mark
In exquisite condition. There are the slightest rub marks on the handles where fingers rested against the teacup. Other than that they are free of chips and cracks. Please note, these teacups do not come with saucers.
Beauties for wedding showers, tea parties or your own pretty garden cottage decor these lovely ladies look especially great when paired with gold-rimmed dishes and pastel colorful napkins.