Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Japanese Porcelain "Decorated in Hong Kong"

People come upon many ceramics labeled "Japanese Porcelain Decorated in Hong Kong". Japan makes "blanks" which they export. Especially during the last quarter of the 20th century many pieces were decorated in Hong Kong. Because many have high lead levels they are required by law to have "For Decorative Use Only" marked on them. The enamels are usually rather thickly applied. There are various levels of quality but basically none have any increasing value as collectors items, except for enjoying them in one's home. 

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