Noritake China, Porcelain, Dinnerware, Patterns, Collections Guide-Review
For over one hundred years Noritake's growth as a global enterprise has been closely linked with the spread of industrial revolution, and particularly with one of its major, definitive components: mass production.
Early Noritake porcelain was hand-painted, and relied on the skill of individual craftsmen. Later products – bowls, platters, cups, and other china – were created in factories, from start to finish, craftsmen performing only the final, most delicate finishes.
Vintage Noritake porcelain was the privilege only a few homes could afford, today, the brand's dinnerware, stemware, glassware, and drinkware have captured the attention of many homemakers who are conscious of style and how it can enhance the dining experience.
In this series of reviews we focus on some of the most popular patterns, materials, and designs the brand manufactures and markets today: from elegant and classic to geometric and contemporary, from bone china and standard porcelain to stoneware, and even wood.
Three aesthetic elements define Noritake china: simplicity, elegance and tradition. Depending on a type of product either of these qualities will stand out as the main feature – simplicity dictates the appearance of solid and contemporary designs (single band of color decorating the outward edge of the plates), traditional embellishments cover classic and ornate dishes, while elegance permeates floral and formal patterns.
Function plays an additional role in creating the general color scheme: in order to give the served food a neutral, complimenting backdrop, most Noritake plates exhibit a clear center, only the edges carrying the ornament. Some collections, however, take a more experimental or décor oriented approach, filling the entire space with pattern (echoing classic blue-and-white porcelain).
Epitomizing the company's aesthetic and functional principles, Colorwave collection has emerged as the quintessential Noritake design: its most popular (and bestselling) and sought for line of china products. Other collections, including vintage and discontinued patterns comprise a large and important market both off and online, eBay and Amazon in particular becoming large scale venues.
Bone China constitutes the more break resistant porcelain. Actual bone particles make the plates not only stronger but also more beautiful; Noritake's high-end china department, it arrives in a range of patterns, textured or smooth, floral or geometrical, gold or platinum. Includes 5 piece sets, cups, soup cups, oval platters, fruit bowls, saucers, and other items.
Platters and Bowls comprise and important cross section of products that needs to be hand-picked from existing collections. The manufacturer offers a broad range of differently sized platters and bowls, suitable for a variety of foods: vegetables, fruits, soups, salads, salt and pepper, gravy, tea and coffee, and more. Importantly, some of the more neutrally decorated china can be used with existing dishes, or as separate pieces without interfering with the mood of the current arrangement.
Plates form the largest Noritake porcelain department, arriving in all collections, sizes, materials, and patterns. Styles include formal, elegant, and casual, allowing to plan for different events, while microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe functions expand the heating and preheating options. White and Ivory basic tones.
Platinum and Gold patterns – usually a single band of the either of the precious metals – appear in most selections, starting from dinnerware and ending with crystal and stemware. This timeless, classic design deserves a dedicated review; titles include elegant Crestwood, Golden Wave, Rochelle, Palmer, Palace, Verdena, Vendome (crystal), Windsor, Regina, Ardmor, Stardust, Piedmont, Chandon, Imperial, and many others.
Dinnerware (sets, dishes, glassware) review will focus, besides plates and sets, on complimentary serveware: glassware, crystal stemware, and stoneware – all of which expand Noritake's range in terms of materials, designs, and patterns.