The International Nippon Collector’s Club

If you have bought Nippon from us, you have probably received a small brochure about the International Nippon Collector’s Club in your shipment.  We sincerely hope nobody thinks we are trying to push anything on them, or that we get something in return out of sending them along in your order.  We don’t, we just think the people in the club are great!  🙂

We decided to join in order to make new friends and to learn more about the joys of collecting Nippon.  We were surprised to get a personal phone call the next day from the president/membership director welcoming us aboard!  There are not many organizations nowadays that will give you that type of friendly service when you join.  We regretfully cannot make it to the INCC Convention this year (taking place July 29 – 31, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA) but our business cards will be there!  Many thanks to Mr. & Mrs. B for allowing us to send them along.  We have a suggestion…next year’s convention should be somewhere along the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches!  Closer to us and I’m sure they can use the business.  🙂

If  you haven’t already, be sure to check out their website.  They have many gorgeous pictures of Nippon in their gallery for you to drool over, a handy back stamp guide, and an entire section dedicated to Reproductions (with pictures!).  I’m told there will soon be a message board for discussion so I’m sure you’ll see us there when it opens.  If you’re a Nippon fanatic, the INCC is definitely worth the membership.

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Can You Help Us Identify This Antique Floor Vase?

Our Nippon client has asked us to sell this lovely antique floor vase, but we don’t know anything about it.  Can you help us identify it?

It stands at 18″H x 9 1/2″W (at widest point).  It is cobalt blue in color and has pink florals and what appears to be white & cream? color enamel moriage in pretty paisley like patterns.

We are pretty sure it is not porcelain, as it is extremely heavy (5 pounds, 11 ounces, unpacked) and is about 1/4″ thick.  We believe this is some type of pottery/ceramic.  It does have crazing all over, but there are no chips or cracks.  It’s certainly a beauty, check out the pattern, it continues on the back as well.

We also love the way the top comes out and flows over to each side.  The bottom is unmarked, and the crazing is very apparent in the white areas.  You can barely see it in the cobalt blue.

Our client states that they purchased this years ago from a local collector who also had no idea where it originated from, other than it appears to be Japanese.  If you could help us identify this vase, or know anything about it at all, we would greatly appreciate it!  🙂

Wishes for our kitty

Please pardon us a moment while we talk about a personal subject.

Our oldest kitty, Pyewacket (the Maine Coon) is sick.  We noticed him acting funny this morning and took him to the vet.  He had a blockage in his bladder & it had started to crystalize.  It seems we caught it in time, the vet called a little bit ago and said she was able to remove the blockage and he was waking up & doing fine.  He will have to stay for a couple of days at the vet to make sure he will be ok, but please keep him in your thoughts until he comes home.  He was our “first” furbaby and we love him dearly.  The house does not seem the same without him here.

Pyewacket paws Tooter's head

Pyewacket & Tooter