Vintage Nippon Hand Painted Toothbrush and Soap Holder

This is another example that is best described as a fantasy piece because this very much more modern looking mold shape, one intended to hold toothbrushes as well as a bar of soap, was not originally made by any Japanese producer during the Nippon era. Its appearance is more like that of heavy bodied utilitarian ware commonly found in vitrified china pieces intended for use around a bathroom sink, too, so likely the shape of this item was copied from an ironstone or vitrified sanitary ware article of a much later date.

Compare this piece to the 'Nippon' candle holder fantasy item also listed here in this shop as item #2007RP00043 in order to more easily be able to recognize the decorative design on additional similarly marked items in the future. On this item a green over spray is more dominant over the cream-colored background, while on the candle holder in the other listing pink is the main background, but the delicate flower sprays reminiscent of antique floral decorations are the same. These entirely new production designs were created with the intent of appealing to the nostalgic minded and appear on many types of false contemporary 'Nippon'. This design is also not 'hand painted', either, though commonly it will be identified as such when sold to the unwary. Even the equally fake 'Nippon' mark that can be found on the base of these items suggests they were hand painted, but this is untrue. The decoration is instead common, uniform and applied in a factory by machines.

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, making this particular false mark easier to identify than some of the others that very closely mimic true marks. The wreath portion of the mark seen here is similar to a wreath figure seen in some authentic Nippon era marks, but in this case it is upside down from the orientation one should expect to find for wreaths in original marks.

Measures approximately 6 and 1/2 inches tall; 5 inches wide; and 3 1/2 inches deep.

Item ID: 2007RP00067

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