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Nippon Moriage Vase Urn Maple Leaf Antique Hand Painted Orchids Gold Claw Feet 1800s

Antique Nippon Moriage gold handled vase/urn with gold beaded trim, 4 gold clawed feet and hand painted (matte finish) green and violet orchids. Marked with the "Maple Leaf Hand Painted" green mark of Nippon from 1891 - 1921.

The vase/urn measures 9 inches tall - 7 inches across - 4 1/2 inches front to back. The maple leaf mark measures 1/4 in wide and 3/4 inch long.

I found no chips, cracks or scratches on this piece. The gold has worn thin in a few spots.

Definition of Moriage...
Moriage is a special type of raised decoration used on some Japanese pottery. Sometimes pieces of clay were shaped by hand and applied to the item; sometimes the clay was squeezed from a tube in the way we apply cake frosting. One type of moriage is called Dragonware by collectors. Moriage pieces were often unmarked and were known for their highly stylized decorations and gilding.

From Collector's Weekly...
Nippon porcelain refers to vases, teapots, wall plaques, humidors, and other ceramic objects stamped with the word Nippon on their bases. The practice began in 1891 in response to the U.S. McKinley Tariff Act, which forbade the import of items that weren’t “plainly marked, stamped, branded, or labeled in legible English words.” Nippon is the English spelling of a pronunciation of what Americans call Japan, but in 1921, the word was ruled Japanese in origin, so Nippon was no longer accepted by U.S. Customs Agents. From then on, imported Japanese china was stamped Japan. Today, Nippon-marked porcelain tends to have a higher value than pieces marked Japan...

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Nippon Moriage Vase Urn Maple Leaf Antique Hand Painted Orchids Gold Claw Feet 1800s


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: china, porcelain, paint, gold, ink
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