20 piece service for 6+ of a RARE early version Dansk Japan Nielstone by Niels Refsgaard. After purchasing these dishes at a local estate, I thought I would have an easy time identifying them due to the Dansk Japan NR marks on the undersides. However I could not find another match online despite extensive searching. They reminded me of Nielstone but the mugs were not right and the glaze did not match either.
Finally I reached out to Mr. Refsgaard who is still maintaining his studio and ceramic work after 62 years. He responded to my inquiry about the pattern as follows. I think it is items from the early start of Nielstone from the Kakusho factory in 1973-75, but the final product was different. I worked in long periods in Japan where Dansk / NR made many samples.One version of Nielstone called Spice Tan was quite similar to the items you own. We also tried our luck with a product we called Potters Mark. This set is in overall excellent condition. The only damage I could find was a shallow flake on the edge of a plate and a shallow flake on the underside of one mug, barely noticeable from the side. It comes across a bit lighter/yellower in some of the pics than it really is. The highly unusual glaze is a deep maroon red with dark outer band on the plates and a concentric circle pattern in the bowls. 7 dinner plates 10-5/8 diameter (1 with edge flake). 6 bowls 7.25 diameter.
7 mugs 3-3/8" high x 3.5" diameter, 4-7/8 wide handle to opposite side. Unlike mugs in regular Nielstone which are vertical sided, these widen at the base and are 3.75 diameter at the base. Again, 1 mug has a flake on the underside.Again, there is a random scattering of dark brown spots on each piece. These pieces were fairly gently used and each does show small scratches from utensils, especially visible in the right light.
All in all a gorgeous and rare set! Like most Dansk stoneware, these are very heavy dishes and will weigh about 32 pounds packed safely. The item "20 pcs svc for 6+ of a RARE early version Dansk Japan Nielstone by N. Refsgaard" is in sale since Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Dansk". The seller is "dishboys" and is located in Melrose, Massachusetts.
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