1930's Noritake Khokhloma Influenced Sauce Boat . An uncommon piece obviously patterned after Khokhloma designs utilizing red, black and gold. The inside is lustre and there are two elegant piercings next to the handle. Some light wear at the lip, otherwise excellent with no chips or cracks. 5¾" length, 3⅝" width and 2¼" in height. 1 only.
The mark is "M" for Morimura in a wreath and crowned by "NORITAKE" and below it, "Hand painted" and "Made in Japan". The use of the "M" gives a date before 1953 when "M" in a wreath was replaced with a "N" for Noritake. Until 1921 Noritake predominately marked export wares Nippon meaning Japan in Japanese, while most back stamps after 1921 state "Japan" or "Made in Japan." From the early 1920 and probably until 1940 most if not all US market patterns were designed in New York.