This example is a contemporary fantasy in the shape of a covered cheese dish marked with a false 'Nippon' back stamp. This brand new piece is still available for bulk purchase as of the day of this writing from a wholesale company specializing in contemporary reproductions and fakes.
Close pictures of base and top show this item apparently has never seen any actual table use. How rare would that be if this were really an item made over one hundred years ago? If the ceramic glaze used to make it contains lead, as the glazes on imported fakes and reproduction items often do because they are classified as 'decorative' items, this piece never should be used to hold or serve cheese.
Designed to look as if it were painted by hand, look closer and you'll recognize that muted floral pattern on its matte surfaces is the modern machine applied pattern sold as 'Wildflower'. The mark on bottom says, "Hand-Painted" and "Nippon" but this is also a modern construct. The hourglass-type figure seen in the center of the mark on the base of this item was never a part of any authentic mark from the Nippon era. While the wreath portion of the mark looks similar to a wreath in some authentic Nippon era marks, here it is upside down from the orientation of wreaths in original marks.
Additional items decorated with this same modern pattern and spurious 'Nippon' mark can be seen here in this shop under Item IDs 2007RP000353, 2007RP000221 and 2007RP000416.
Measures 4 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches long and 6 1/4 inches wide.
Item ID: 2007RP000440
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