A delicate porcelain bowl from Morimura Brothers featuring a rounded rectangular shape decorated with white flowers with green leaves and gilded accents throughout. The dish measures 8" long, 4 7/8" wide, and 2 1/4" high. The bottom is marked "Hand Painted Nippon" with the letter "M" within a wreath, all in green to signify this piece if from Morimura Brothers of Japan. The condition is very good although there is some loss to the gold around the rim due to age and use.
The McKinley Tariff Act was passed by the United States Congress and enacted in 1890. This law required that all manufactured goods imported to the United States be marked with the country of origin. As "Nippon" was the English word for Japan, goods made there for import into the United States was marked "Nippon" to comply with the law. This stood in effect until 1921 when it was ruled that the country of origin needed to be in English and thus from 1921 on, any Japanese porcelain exported to the United States was marked "Japan" instead of "Nippon."