In “Miller’s Collecting Porcelain,” you can almost hear the renowned porcelain expert John Sandon grumble as he writes, “For this author to admit to liking Dresden figures is rather like a great classical musician confessing to enjoying lift (elevator) music.” That’s how a lot of people feel about porcelain figurines—while they might marvel at their craftsmanship, especially those pieces manufactured in Germany during the 18th century, the admiration is grudging.That's probably because figurines are such an extreme art form, ranging from sentimental and maudlin kitsch to over-the-top masterpieces of dizzying, even headache-inducing detail.What is especially attractive to collectors in regard to Japanese antiques is the ability to acquire collectible Japanese pieces, rich in history, and of exceptional quality, beauty and artistry at more than reasonable prices.Antique Japanese elements, useful as well as decorative, have long been a part of home decor and highly collectible, but there seems to be a current resurgence in using Japanese pieces in new and bold ways within contemporary Western decor, incorporating objects such as a beautifully aged Japanese butcher table and blue and white Japanese porcelain with traditional colors and simplistic shapes amongst a modern sofa and contemporary art pieces.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.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.
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Antique Central covers all areas of Japanese antique collecting including Japanese furniture, antique Japanese porcelain and pottery, Japanese screens, as well as collectible Japanese swords and armour, Japanese collectible dolls and toys, and other decorative items with a few notes on Japanese textiles and rugs.