Antique Morimura Bros. / Noritake / Nippon Platter


In 1876, Ichizaemon Morimura VI and his brother Toyo founded Morimura Gumi with the intent of establishing overseas trading by a Japanese company. By 1878, Toyo had established a business in New York selling Japanese antiques and other goods, including pottery. The company was renamed Morimura Brothers in 1881. By the 1890s, the company had shifted from retail to wholesale operations and started working on design improvements for the pottery and porcelain ware, which had become one third of its business. By 1899, all of the pottery and porcelain decorating factories in Tokyo and Kyoto had been consolidated in Nagoya, and the company started research on creating European style hard white porcelain in Japan.

A new factory was built in Noritake, near Nagoya. In 1914 the company succeeded in creating their first Western style dinner set, called “Sedan”, to compete with European porcelain companies.

Today, many collectors agree that the best examples of “Nippon-era” (1891–1921) hand painted porcelain carry a back stamp used by “Noritake” during the Nippon era. (I copied this information from Wikipedia.)

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This is a nice oval Morimura Bros. (Noritake) Nippon era platter (1891 – 1921). It has a white background with miniature maroon and green geometric designs around the edges. There are also little bells around the edges of the bowl. To highlight this, there is a thick layer of etched gold trim.

It is in excellent condition. Take a look at the pictures, and if you have questions, please e-mail.


Additional information

Weight 1.8 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 4 in


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