This has great "crossover collectibility" i. e. people who collect humidors as well as people who collect dog items will each love this for their individual collections. . It is one of two dog humidors that I bought through the years. I belong to the second group, the "dog people."
This barrel form ceramic humidor has a molded dog head lid, quite adorable. Not sure of what kind of dog.... I suspect a terrier or Olde English Sheepdog or ??? It has polychrome bands around top and bottom of base.
Johann Maresch was an Austrian potter working in Bavaria and Austria in the late 19th century. He specialized in figural pieces, especially humidors in the form of animals including dogs, pigs, etc. and also made many humidors in the form of blackamoors. Humidors, used for storing pipe tobacco came into popularity in the late 19th century when pipe smoking became favored over snuff tobacco. The small hole on the bottom is probably to allow air to circulate in the container. The number 3167 is the model number.
Size: The bottom piece is approximately 3 and 3/4 inches tall. With the lid it is approximately 8 and 1/2 inches tall.
Condition: Very Good - No damage or losses. Some rubs to the bands.
Appraiser Tips: Since the surface is matte, do not submerse in water, but wipe with a damp cloth.
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