This Nippon double handled biscuit jar is truly lovely. Both the lid and base have a border of five (5) delicate petal flowers in soft lavender shades, alternated with a three (3) lobe leaf in soft sage green. The background of the floral bands is a very soft cream, while the remainder of the lid and base is white with gold accents. All of the leaves and flower petals are outlined in gold. Around the edge of the lid and rim of the base is tiny bead detailing, also in gold.
Certainly this piece would make a lovely accent piece for show or a conversation piece from which to offer your friends a sweet treat!
The bottom of the base of the jar is marked "hand painted" around a wreath which is open at the top with the letter "M" in the center and "Nippon" at the bottom. All the markings are in magenta under the glaze.
The condition of the biscuit jar is very good with no chips, cracks or hairlines. There are areas of gold accent that are rubbed away on the handle due to use, but that is to be expected for a piece of this age. I do not find this offensive in the least.
The biscuit jar is 8 ¼" (from handle to handle) X 5" high (to the top of the lid). The jar is 3" high without the lid and the lid itself is 5" X 2". Circa 1890-1900.
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