Noritake is one of the leading names in fine China—and also in tableware more generally. Noritake china may be better called Noritake porcelain, which is a synonym for china. The term china is a reference to the origin country of porcelain. However, Noritake is a Japanese company.
Historically, Noritake began production of western-style dinnerware in 1914 to keep up with English porcelain companies. At that time, they were doing business as Nippon Toki Kaisha. For many years, the “Nippon” tableware was commonly called Noritake, based on the small village of its original production. However, the company did not actually take the name Noritake until 1981.
Noritake China Value
The value of china depends on the condition and completeness of the piece or set. Besides, other contributing factors can be how uncommon the pattern or object is—either because it was in limited release or few are remaining.
What Condition is the China in?
There are several ways the condition to describe the piece when evaluating value, including:
- Mint Condition – The pieces must be perfect or like-new to be considered in mint condition. This would be likely with stock that was never sold or pieces that went unused.
- Excellent Condition – Excellent condition means that the china is near perfect. It may have small imperfections, like extremely tiny chips in unseen places (like the bottom of a saucer). Above all, it does not include major cracks, repairs, or flaws.
- Good Condition – Pieces that are in good condition have had some wear or tear, but are whole. That can mean that there is craftsman repair or restoration on a piece or a noticeable chip. In particular, wear of the embellishments from washing may be evident.
Generally, anything below good condition may not be worthwhile regarding resale value.
Some of the Types of Flaws in China include
- Cracks or fractures
- Missing small parts, like the curl at the end of a handle
- Dings or chips
- Worn patterns
- Breakage, including repaired or restored pieces
In general, the value of Noritake china varies from a few dollars to thousands of dollars for a complete set in mint condition. Even newer pieces have incredible value, ranging from casual tableware at competitive prices to collectible china featuring etched gold. For example, a single piece can cost nearly $500 in an online auction.
Okura Fine Art China by Noritake
Generally, top of the line Noritake china is currently produced under the Okura Fine Art China line. Vases go into the multiple thousands. The Okura line has been tableware for the Imperial Family and is highly regarded in Japan. Their pieces can feature premium embossing, lacquering, and hand-painting.