Early 20th Century Noritake design always captivates me with their bright, saturated colours.
Equally fascinating are the designs Noritake produced specifiably for the Australian market – previously I have posted about the charming “Kookaburra” design.
I recently came across a tea set in this design – “Blue Wren & Golden Wattle” which has the backstamp which was used in the late 1920s.
The blue wren has the same pink and blue hues used in one of the variations of the Kookaburra design and again features the golden wattle flower. As far as I can deduce – the blue wren design pre dates the Kookaburra design by about a decade.
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle Teapot
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Trio
Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Milk Jug
I came across this very smart modernist looking Noritake Japan vase recently. It is a very impressive piece, about 25cm tall, in a stylised “tree trunk” form popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It has a timeless colour scheme and pattern, but its mark indicates it was produced from around 1953.
This pattern was never named or assigned a pattern number, which was not unusual for this era, and I have been unable to find any other examples of either the shape or pattern on any other Nortiake pieces.
As with all Noritake of this era, the quality and finish is very high.
Noritake Harlequin c1953
This beautiful set of Noritake “Harlequin” demitasse coffee cups is from c1953. I used to see them come up at auctions and online frequently, but they seem to be much more scarce now.
I just love the strong colours and the lusciously thick glaze on this design – and Noritake is one of the few makers who used gold without having it look tacky – to my mind anyway – even with their totally gold glazed pieces.
It is fantastic how well these colours all go together in different combinations. Something about them also reminds me of children’s painted woooden building blocks from the same era – must be all those primary and secondary colours!
Noritake Harlequin c1953
Noritake Kookaburra Design
This Kookaburra design was made by Noritake Japan and has the green Maruki mark for 1935. Items with this mark were made specifically for export to Australia and New Zealand according to the Noritake guild. Being early “Australiana” it is also very collectable here.
I think this sandwich set is just fantastic! Not to everyone’s taste I know, but I love the vibrant colours of all of this early 20th Century Noritake, the designs are so vibrant, and each piece so well painted.
Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set Plate
Noritake Kookaburra Sandwich Set