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.Especially popular is a character called Little Miss Mistletoe, whose cherubic face and short ponytail are tilted as she leans down to tie her red slipper.In fact, recurring characters were a big part of the Lefton catalog, so much so that Lefton had a number of lines devoted to them, from the secular Doll House Originals and Bloomer Girls to the religiously inspired Christopher Collection, which featured within it a group of Heavenly Hobos.In 1904 the Morimura Brothers formed ‘Nippon Toki Kaisha Ltd’ and setup a production facility at Noritake near Nagoya on the Japanese island of Honshu.They registered their first Noritake back stamp around 1908 and registered their first Noritake mark in the USA around 1911.There are many items which came over to the US post war and your wares could easily be from the 1940's with that makers mark.I saw somewhere Empress china were associated with Noritake, a very well known antique china and fine china collectible maker. For me, if that were true, it must enhance their value. Search for the value of other similar wares by using the system explained on my China Replacement page. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china.
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Off,” while those made after 1960 swap that phrase for the simpler “Trade Mark.” Unfortunately, during the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, the use of these stickers (and others) overlapped, so they are not a perfectly reliable way to date a piece of Lefton.
Some are realistic, capturing the appearance of poodles, German shepherds, terriers, and basset hounds.
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.Christmas figurines were a perennial favorite; Santa and Mrs.