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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Rare Noritake China sets are highly sought after by collectors due to their historical significance, unique designs, and limited availability. Here are some notable rare patterns and sets that have garnered attention in the collectors' market:

1. Azalea Pattern

The Azalea pattern is one of the most famous and collectible Noritake patterns. Produced primarily for the American market in the early 1900s, this pattern features hand-painted pink azaleas on a white background with gold trim. Pieces from this line are highly valued due to their intricate design and limited production.

2. Moorish

The Moorish pattern is distinguished by its exotic and intricate designs inspired by Moorish art and architecture. These pieces often feature bold geometric patterns and rich, vibrant colors. The rarity and distinctiveness of this pattern make it a prized addition to any collection.

3. Tree in the Meadow

This pattern showcases a serene landscape with a single tree in a meadow, often depicted with soft pastel colors and delicate brushwork. The tranquil scene and the quality of the artwork contribute to its desirability among collectors.

4. Lustreware

Noritake's Lustreware pieces, particularly those from the 1920s and 1930s, are notable for their iridescent glaze that creates a shimmering effect. Lustreware vases, bowls, and tea sets with intricate designs and bright colors are particularly rare and valuable.

5. Morimura Brothers Hand-Painted Pieces

Before the official Noritake brand was established, pieces were often marked with the Morimura Brothers mark. These hand-painted items, produced around the turn of the 20th century, are rare and highly collectible due to their historical significance and the craftsmanship involved.

6. The Kutani Collection

Noritake's Kutani Collection features pieces inspired by traditional Japanese Kutani ware, known for its detailed and colorful designs. These items, often marked with "Kutani" along with the Noritake backstamp, are prized for their aesthetic appeal and historical connection to Japanese ceramic art.

7. Blue Willow

Although not exclusive to Noritake, the Blue Willow pattern produced by Noritake has its own unique charm. The pattern, featuring a blue and white depiction of a traditional Chinese landscape, has been produced by many manufacturers, but Noritake’s version is particularly valued for its quality and finish.

8. Art Deco Patterns

Noritake's Art Deco patterns from the 1920s and 1930s feature bold geometric designs and bright colors, reflecting the aesthetic of the period. Sets with these patterns are rare and highly collectible, embodying the spirit of the Art Deco movement.

Key Considerations for Collectors

When collecting rare Noritake China sets, it is essential to:

  • Verify Authenticity: Look for the correct backstamps and maker's marks that indicate genuine Noritake production.
  • Assess Condition: Ensure the pieces are free from chips, cracks, and significant wear, as these can substantially affect the value.
  • Seek Expert Appraisal: For high-value items, an expert appraisal can provide a more accurate valuation and confirm the rarity and authenticity of the pieces.

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