Saturday, May 21, 2011

YAMAKA PORCELAIN of Gifu Prefecture




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  1. I'm interested in any information you may have on the Yamaka company. I have a partial set of china, circa 1950's that is the Yamaka company of Japan in the pattern of "Mandarin" (looks like silver or platinum edging and a gentle bamboo pattern). Rather than value, I'm interested in information about the company and people who created it, and how this pattern came to be sold on the U.S. market. Any info would be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at wardc@eoni.com

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    1. Yamaka China began in 1913 by Mr. Kato in Gifu Prefecture, Toki City. It was not until 1966 that they established an American affiliate (International China Company). Since your pattern dates to around 1950 I would say that it was probably shipped back home by an American service man. Many sent home complete sets in crates. I did notice that there are many of your style on a website that sells replacement pieces. If you have other questions you can reach me at marmiet23@gmail.com.

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  2. Thank you! Now I'm intrigued. I'll be having dinner with my mother in law tonight, and it is her wedding china, so I will ask her how she got it and confirm the year. I know her oldest was born in 1955 or so, and I'm sure it was the prior year that they married which would date it to mid 1950's if I'm correct. I so appreciate the information. Yes, I did notice that replacements.com carries some pieces of this pattern. It's quite pretty.

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  3. oh...also...how long was International China Company in business and where did they operate from? Did they distribute widely in the U.S.?

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    1. I do not know the answer to your question. I only gave you the information that they published on the Japanese site. It was only a brief rundown of the history of Yamaka. I have not done in depth study of the mass producing china companies in Japan as I spend more time with smaller kilns. Good luck!!

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  4. I have my Grandmother's Yamaka 2976 pattern china set. Service for 12. Where do I find information about the origin of manufacture, the date and most important, the value?

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    1. I assume this is your pattern?
      http://www.replacements.com/webquote/YAM2976.htm
      I could not find anything on it on Japanese sites. It was probably made for export.

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  5. I am trying to research my Grandmothers china. The only print states Maytime By Yamaka Japan on the bottom of the pieces. I can't find specific years of production on the internet. The set has the blue flowers,Gray leaves, and Platinum trim. I found it on Replacements Ltd also, but they didn't have much information on site other than that. I would love to be able to tell her more about it. So any information or websites I can visit would be greatly appreciated.

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  6. I did not have much luck. Some post I saw say it was made in the 1960's but could not confirm this with Japanese records.

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  7. Hello i have Yamaka Cartier Fine China 2895 set. I went to a lot antique stores to get some information about this brand but couldnt find aswers. I have read this one very very rare. Any information about thw brand will really be appreciated. Please email me at klaud.klaud@yahoo.com

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  8. I did not find out any additional information. I will post here if I come across any helpful information.

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  9. I have a big bowl in the back it has yamaka toki signature.

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  11. I have Yamaka China made in Japan that I can't identify or find a value. Can anyone help me??

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    1. Please send photos of the piece and any markings to Marmiet23@gmail.com
      I can take a look.

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  12. I have the same problem. I will send you a photo from bowl25

    Thank you

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  13. I saw one today stamped by this company and "made in occupied Japan". But no pattern number.

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    1. Interesting. Did you happen to take a picture of it? Made in Occupied Japan marks run from about 1946-1952.

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  14. My mother has been looking to find out some information about a tea set she inherited from my grandmother. I'm sending you an email with some pictures of the set. We are trying to find out what pattern it is. Thank you!

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  15. Not all china produced in Japan, even by large companies, have a pattern name or number (especially in the early years).

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