Lot 59: VICTORIAN NIPPON CONDENSED MILK CONTAINER
23 October 2016
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USALive Auction
Description: This is a very handsome ca. 1900-1910 Nippon hand painted, scarce combination Moriage + exceptionally heavy enamel, dual handled Condensed Milk Container with its matching under-plate, finished with spring floral medallions. The period is definitely post 1890, and as it has no Nippon ID stamp, it was never slated for export to the USA or England. Many of these Moriage examples were sent to Central Europe, including concentrations to Germany & Austria. The bottom mark is the standard Seisu Mark (meaning Made by or Made in), and the top character appears to be that of Kaga Pottery. However, the center kiln mark can be found on some Arita Hizen Pottery pieces. A perfect example can be found on Page #72 of James Lord Bowes classic, Japanese Marks & Seals. The addition of the 3 right column figures in the book vs. ours, equates to an 1890s Hira-Bayshi Seisu Vase. This is a beautiful piece for display. Nick to rim of hole underneath and thin hairline to plate in the center, neither are visible when on display Container 4.75"x3.75"x5.75" tall Saucer 5.75"x5.75" Wt 1 pd 3 oz. In the late Victorian era, condensed milk was often used at breakfast. Because the cans were unsightly and offended the Victorian aesthetic sense, porcelain manufacturers included condensed milk containers in their table settings. The hole was designed so it was easy to remove the can by pushing a finger into it.
Condition Report: nick to bottom hole, thin hairline to center of underplate