Value of Japanese Porcelain

A brightly colored piece of Japanese porcelain.
Although "china" has become a catchall term for ceramics produced around the world, Japan has a proud history of beautiful porcelain pieces. During World Wars I and II, sailors brought back dinnerware, vases, and other decorative pieces for their families and some of these can be valuable, depending on the condition and rarity.

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February 19, 2021

I would like to know what this IE&C Co Japan hand painted serving set is used for and it's possible value. I can't find it in any of my collector books. Thank you

A hand painted serving set from Japan.
The marking on a serving set.
The bottom of a hand painted serving set from Japan.
A hand painted serving set from Japan.


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February 19, 20210 found this helpful
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These were originally, my understanding, sold as celery serving sets or nut serving sets or chocolate serving sets (mostly referred to in old magazines as celery serving sets--you put the celery on the big plate and the smaller plates went to the table with the guest at your luncheon with the single stocks on which the ladies nibbled.


More ambitious hostesses used them for nuts or chocolates!

In more modern times people used them for sushi.

I am trying to figure out the pattern name. The value will be dependent on the pattern name. I am going to keep searching.



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The company name is IE&C and the company made china in Japan from 1885-1925. Their china was never intended for American markets and most of their pieces are hand painted with flashy colors and scenes. They also used a lot of gold but the history of china during that time states IE&C china itself was not the best but they also say the paintings were excellent.


They were in business and same area during the same period as Noritake and that may be why they kinda copied the Noritake marks.
Most of what is listed online for sale seems to be mostly the elaborately painted types and most of the pieces that I found would be considered low value.
There seems to be several pieces of IE&C listed on Etsy and other sites but very little sold on eBay.
As to value - there is no way to provide any type of value as very few pieces are even similar to your more or less 'plain' china when looking at the other pieces listed for sale.
My suggestion would be to take several very good pictures and list your set on any selling site that you're familiar with. Start your price high - maybe even $200-$250 - with best offer considered. If no offers received after several weeks/months lower the value and see what happens.

Shipping will be most important as these are fragile and shipping of anything fragile is dangerous so be sure you know how to package (and the cost) before you start your listing.

As to the type of use; my books say if the small side dishes are 'flat' they will be for meat (craved by the host and placed on dishes for each guest) but if they are 'bowl' shaped then they could be used for some sort fruit if served at the beginning of the meal or for salad type food if served at the end of the meal.
It seems this could mean almost anything.
Your side pieces seem to be small bowls.

Just information:
The IE&C Company was run by two brothers from 1885 until its closure in 1925 and was almost as famous as Noritake (in Japan).
I.E. & C. Company was located in Nagoya, Japan.

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July 15, 2019

What is the difference between Sterling fine china from Japan in Spring Time pattern and Taihei China registered fine china made in Japan (also Spring Time pattern)? Are they worth the same? I bought a mostly complete set (I think -maybe 60 pieces) for $8, but the larger plates say Sterling and the rest say Taihei.

I just thought they were pretty and the guy wanted them gone. I'm just looking for information. Really I only wanted one teacup and ended up with a huge set. I need to figure out what to do with it all. Thanks for any help.

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July 15, 20190 found this helpful

They look the same to me. Go to and you will see you got a great deal.

June 17, 20220 found this helpful

You can try putting them on individually but you know why not just enjoy them I actually got some from my mother for a wedding gift back in the 80s that she had purchase secondhand and then in about 2005 I bought a ton of it off of eBay so that I can give each one of my daughters a set taihei as far as I know is the original but Sterling sales it to... My Taihei came from I believe Texas Gold stamps which were kind of like s&h Green stamps that you got at grocery stores and then you could get them.... the most valuable pieces besides like a teapot or a coffee pot are the soup terrain which I've never actually seen one and maybe I'm thinking of the wrong set and the salad plates and the salad bowls those aren't that easy to get so if you have those I would definitely want at least $10 a piece for because they are pretty rare I mean not rare but there's just not a lot of them when people were getting the sets they got the sets you know like plates and coffee cups and saucers and a little bowls and then the bigger completion pieces.


Good luck

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March 20, 2017

I've inherited this and am not sure of age or value.

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March 20, 20171 found this helpful

You need to go to a dealer who specializes in Asian goods. That person will be able to read the mark. B

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August 12, 2020

Porcelain Japanese tea sets are often beautifully decorated. Depending on the age and condition, these sets can be valuable to collectors.

Value of a Japanese Tea Set  - richly decorated Japanese motif pieces

May 2, 2019

Noritake china has been manufactured for decades and some of the older pieces have retained their value while others are worth little. This is a page about determining the value of Noritake china.

Value of Noritake China

June 21, 2018

Japan is well known for producing fine china dishes and servingware. This page has information about the value of Danna Seizan fine Japanese china.

A Danna Seizan Japanese china cup.

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