Meissen’s Johann Joachim Kändler, who is often credited with creating the format of the porcelain figurine itself, is the best known of these early artists, producing likenesses of the lecherous Pantalone, the spirited Columbine, and all manner of mischievous harlequins.

While Meissen may have been the place where European porcelain was born, Dresden is where its decoration was perfected and popularized, so much so that today, many people still mistakenly talk about Dresden china when they really mean Meissen.

Many antique collectors, as well as designers, are seeking these items for their artistic and aesthetic qualities, using items such as beautifully aged carved panels or a Japanese tansu to create cultural sophistication and warmth.

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A traditional Japanese antique screen becomes a backdrop to more modern textures and furniture shapes, giving the decor a sophisticated look, but with a new and fresh approach.

This new Asian look in the Americas is achieved by incorporating every day Japanese antiques, such as garden stools, antique Japanese vase or pots, vintage Japanese lanterns, or perhaps a Japanese bamboo ladder among the western styled interiors.

However we find it appeals to oriental porcelain collectors and that there is a good market for it.

The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright probably thought so too, when he designed tableware for Noritake in the 1920’s.

Of the many techniques perfected there, Dresden lace is the most sought.

It was used to create the illusion of real fabric on figurines of, say, ladies dancing at a court ball or posing in so-called crinoline groups.

There is high demand for good quality pieces, even with some wear to the handles, which is quite common, and they can fetch good prices.

Japanese porcelain has almost always been good quality and has almost always been collected But Noritake is probably the lesser cousin to the more desireable Kakiemon, Satsuma, Kutani and Imari porcelain wares.

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