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Category: Porcelain / Pottery

Cloisonné

Sharran
Porcelain / Pottery
8/15/2019

Cloisonné is a an ancient enamelling handcraft and art. Each piece is given individual attention and is unique. The word cloisonne is French. The word for cloisonne in Japanese is shippo, which means "seven treasured ware". In Sanskrit it's Sutha Ratha meaning emerald, agate, crystal and pearl.  The original craft was often enrusted with precious gems.

Here's how cloisonne pieces are made:

  1. The foundation is copper, silver, or gold
  2. A design is drawn on the foundation
  3. Wires are affixed to the design 
  4. Solder enamel flux is dropped in
  5. First baking of soldering wires
  6. First coating of enamels
  7. Second baking (melting point is 850 degrees celsius)
  8. Second coating of enamels
  9. Third baking
  10. Third coating of enamels
  11. Fourth baking - by this time the enamels are thick enough to cover all wires
  12. Polishing with nine different whetstones
  13. Finishing and trimming with silver and/or gold

 

Here's a great video about cloisonne.



Noritake

Betty
Porcelain / Pottery
4/24/2019

The Morimuro brothers started importing and selling "Asian China" in New York in the late 1800’s. Since not much was available to them, they decided to produce their own high quality China pieces. And so, the Noritake China factory was started in 1904 in Noritake, Aichi, Japan, thus the name.

Their variety of pieces were hand painted and colorful. The pieces ranged from vases, teapots, cigarette sets, pin dishes and dinnerware. They can be found in antique shops, at collectibles shows, even in thrift stores, if you’re lucky.

The age of the pieces is dated by the type of mark that is backstamped on it. A piece is considered to be "antique" if it is 100 years old, or "collectible / vintage" if it is 25 to 50 years old. The Noritake maker's mark has changed over the years. Most often it is a letter M inside a wreath. The later mark changed to the letter N in the wreath.

On modern pieces, the company produces several patterns of dinnerware currently, the full name "Noritake" and "made in Japan" is found.

Do a quick internet search for Noritake mark and click Images to see their various makers marks.



Lenox

Betty
Porcelain / Pottery
1/8/2019

Most people know Lenox as pretty ivory bowls, vases and other giftware with gold trim, but Lenox makes many other patterns of dinnerware, too.

Walter Scott Lenox, after working for other potters, started his own business in 1889 in Trenton, NJ. He was successful in producing a high quality, lustrous ivory China. He was honored in 1918 to be asked by President and Mrs Wilson to design a dinnerware set for the White House. Other presidents also sought out the Lenox Co to make dinnerware - the Roosevelt’s in 1932, Truman in 1951, Reagan in 1981, Clinton in 2000 and Bush in 2008.

 



Bing & Grondahl Christmas Plates

Betty
Porcelain / Pottery
12/6/2018

This Danish company was started in 1853 to produce figurines and dinnerware near Copenhagen.

In 1895 they produced the first Christmas plate in traditional blue and white with a winter scene. They have been produced annually for 100 years. It turned out to be a large portion of its business.


In 1987 they merged with Royal Porcelain to become Royal Copenhagen.



Flow Blue

Betty
Porcelain / Pottery
11/11/2018

Flow Blue is the name given to antique dinnerware made with cobalt blue transfer patterns that "flowed" at the edges. Developed in the mid-18th century in England to compete with expensive hand painted dinnerware, it is thought by some that, at first, it was a mistake. However, the hazy quality of the patterns was popular. It is still quite collectible.

 

See Flow Blue Dinner Platter



Toby Jugs and More

Betty
Porcelain / Pottery
11/6/2018

Toby Jugs were introduced in the 18th century in England and depicted a seated figure holding a mug of beer and a pipe. They are said to be modeled after either Toby Belch, a known heavy drinker or Toby Philpot, a character from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
 
Character mugs feature faces of famous, mostly English, kings and noblemen. Royal Daulton is one manufacturer, there are many others.
 
Friar Tuck pitchers were made by the Goebel Company in Germany from the 1950’s to 1988 when discontinued. Some friars were made with crossed eyes on purpose.