Occupied Japan porcelain teacup and saucer circa 1945-1954. Beautifully decorated with hand painted fruits and gold trimmings.
The teacup is 6 cm high, 12,5 cm long and 10 cm large.
The saucer as 15 cm of diameter.
American occupied Japan from September 1945 until April 28, 1952. In February 1947, the General Headquarters, administrative arm of the American occupying forces, ordered all products made for export to be marked “Occupied Japan” or “Made in Occupied Japan.”
World War II devasted the Japanese economy. The Japanese ceramic industry was one of the first to be revitalized. Using aid from the United States, Japanese ceramic manufacturers began producing ceramic knickknacks for sale to the occupying American soldiers. Within a short time, an active export business, especially to the United States was underway.
Thousands of inexpensive figurines and knickknacks were exported to the United States and elsewhere in the late 1940s and early 1950s.