Noritake Art Deco Porcelain Bowl, ca. 1925
It came out of my mother's garage, and it belonged to my great-aunt, but we never saw it in her house, so it must have been stashed away for a long time till we found it.
Good. Well, you can see here that it has a Noritake mark that says: "Hand-painted. Made in Japan." So you know it's for the American market. What makes this one a little different is because if you had just a plain basket like this, with, say, a little bit of floral design on it, it would probably be worth $50. Add a little bit of iridescence here and a little more decoration, and you're probably looking around $150. This is probably the best piece of this type of Japanese porcelain that we've had here. And mainly it's because it's got the iridescent glaze and it's the hand-painted flowers and it has these killer handles.
They are odd, yeah.
They are so Art Deco, you know. The women just coming back like that, it just, it puts a perfect little exclamation point accent on it. Really, really nice little basket. And at the top end of the spectrum here, you're probably looking at an insurance value of around $1,400 or $1,500.
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