This video introduces u to worldly known Noritake (“No.ri.ta.ke”) collection. These are highly sought out collectors’ items; however, they are not cheap. This video shows u only a handful of Noritake art-works.
Noritake is a tableware and technology company headquartered in Nagoya, Aichi-prefecture in Japan. The simplified version of the company’s history goes as follows (Sources of the information: Wikipedia):
1876 Mr. Ichizaemon Morimura VI and his younger brother, Toyo, founded “Morimura Gumi” (or Morimura Group) with the intent of establishing overseas trading by a J-company.
1878 Toyo had established a business in New York selling J-antiques and other goods, including pottery.
1881 The company was renamed as “Morimura Brothers.”
In the 1890s
Morimura Brothers 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.
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.
1904 Key members of this trading company created the Nippon Toki Kaisha, Ltd. ("the Company that makes J's Finest China") in J. A new factory was built in Noritake, near Nagoya
(As of May, 2015, the address is as follows:
Noritake-shinmachi (= Noritake-new city),
Nishi-ku (= West district),
Nagoya, Aichi-prefecture, JAPAN.
U can purchase Noritake via their company Web site.
Note: As to eBay et al, u should be careful for they may not
be “real Noritake.”)
1914 The company succeeded in creating their first Western style dinner set, called "Sedan", to compete with European porcelain companies. Nippon Toki wares were mostly aimed at the European Market. This forerunner of the modern Noritake Company was founded in the village of Noritake, a small suburb near Nagoya. Most of the company’s early wares carried one of the various “Nippon” back stamps to indicate its country of origin when exported to Western markets. 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.
1923 Nippon Toki was looking to streamline its paperwork using machines to handle large orders coming in from the U.S., and it was impressed by the Hollereth tabulating machines manufactured by the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR).
1925 Morimura-Brothers entered into a sole agency agreement with CTR (which had been renamed IBM in 1924) to import the Hollerith machines into J. The first Hollerith tabulator in J was installed at Nippon Pottery in Sept. 1925, making Noritake an IBM customer #1 in J.
1939 Noritake started selling industrial grinding wheels based on its porcelain finishing technology. It now provides ceramic and diamond grinding and abrasive solutions for many industries.
Other products currently manufactured by Noritake, also derived from its core tableware manufacturing technologies, include thick film circuit substrates, engineering ceramics, ceramic powder, and vacuum fluorescent displays, as well as heating furnaces and kilns, mixing technology, filtration systems, and cutting and grinding machines.
Although consumers and collectors alike have called the tableware, "Noritake" (and/or simply, "Nippon") since the late 1920s, the J-parent company did not officially change its name to the Noritake Co., Limited until 1981.
Evidently, since Noritake is the name of a place, the company was initially prohibited from registering the name as a trade name.
2015 The Noritake Garden in Nagoya features the production of its ceramics and crystal glassware. Today, they also produce dentures for globally people are aging fast and perhaps most of them desire to stay beautiful… ; )
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