Simply, Nippon means Japan and while the "Nippon" mark served its purpose to comply with the Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1891 for the next thirty years, Customs Officials decided, in 1921, that any piece imported from Japan should be marked "Japan" and not marked "Nippon." So, the "Nippon" mark was no longer the recognizable mark used for these items.For porcelain collectors, this makes dating your piece really easy. From then on, imported Japanese china was stamped Japan.Another unique application was moriage, in which clay was applied to a piece like icing on a cake, before being glazed or gilded.
The term Nippon porcelain is common to many people because this mark can be easily found on many pieces of vintage and antique porcelain.Unfortunately, we are not experts, but we always turn to a wonderful book by someone who is for our information. “Torri Hand Painted Nippon” Found in green, blue & burgundy (shown). Joan Van Patten has written many books on collecting antique Nippon porcelain, and she has compiled known dates for certain backstamps. ) “Noritake M (Morimura) in Wreath Nippon” Found in green (shown), blue & magenta. Tapestry decorations were another favorite of Nippon artists.In those pieces, the surfaces appeared textured by fabric, which, in fact, was applied to the clay when it was still damp before being burned away in the kiln. Blown Out Mold Nippon Candlestick With Three Dimensional Egyptian Motif Northwood Nippon Antique Carnival Art Glass Ruffled Bowl~rich Green! Lot Of 2 Vintage Nippon Style Plates Cobalt Blue Gold Gilt Hand Painted Hand Painted Nippon Vase Green Gold Roses Japanese Antique Japan Porcelain Vase Antique Hand Painted Nippon (old Noritake) Scenic Wine Jug / Orig.