Mikasa Dinnerware Review: China, Porcelain, Plates, Bowls, Platters, Other
Mikasa strongest department by far, dinnerware includes bone and standard china in hundreds of designs and patterns, starting with traditional and orthodox, and ending with transitional and contemporary.
The company distinguishes between several segments in this major tableware category: fine dining (the more luxurious, elegant, and usually formal collections), casual dinnerware (relaxed, semi-formal, intimate ornaments that employ different colors and figurative elements), serveware (various accessories including bowls, platters, appetizer plates, and trays), coffee and tea service, and others.
As usually occurs with product design (Noritake, Lenox, and Pfaltzgraff reveal the same underlying distinction), the closer we get to the core bundle of items – for instance, bestselling dinner plates and coffee sets – the clearer the traditional, even ancient manufacturing influences Mikasa rely on become. Thus, such patterns as the Italian Countryside and Garden Harvest exhibit classic china features: round shape, neatly organized borders, solid, even strict ornament. Conversely, the various square, abstract, black tinted, and other china types demonstrate a flair for the experimental and unorthodox.
Materials include porcelain, glass, crystal, and platinum, gold, copper, and even zinc and silver plating (for some of the Towle salt and pepper shakers)
Plates (dinner, salad, bread&butter, saucers) arrive in a range of diameters and sizes, underscoring the versatility of this quintessential porcelain product. Mikasa plates possess a stylistic feature that's unique to the brand: subtle tension between the border ornament and the center, where the painted motifs ever so slightly cross over to the rest of the plate, or simply dwell on the in-between area.
Bowls (soup, vegetable, rice, salad, cereal, sugar) – crystal or porcelain, can function either as strictly decorative pieces, or as serveware carrying food. The latter type usually feature a simpler, utility-oriented architecture. Crystal bowls (approaching vases in appearance) are much more elaborate, showing antique or contemporary outlines and texture.
Teacups and mugs – elongated, round, classic bowl shaped, cylindric, or even in the form of truncated cone complement the tea and coffee pots on the one hand, and the dinnerware sets on the other. Often accompanied by a small saucer plate, a teacup presents a miniature “set” in itself.
Coffee and Tea service (cups, pots, creamers) department offers, besides familiar bone china pot and cups selection, a range of highly decorative and festive collections. Such is the crystal made Venetian Flair sugar, creamer and platter group, the Towle metallic nickel plated Beehive tea set, and the Sasaki stoneware Simplicity teapot.
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