This old black figurine was probably used to serve mustard, jelly or some other condiment. At first it looks like a mammy but if you’re paying attention you’ll notice “she” has a moustache so it is actually a chef in a dress! He’s short and squatty and has a lot of character especially as a mismatched piece. In one hand is a small spoon and in the other hand is, I believe, a long handled skillet. He’s wearing a plaid apron over a one piece dress and he has a chef’s hat on his head. The head is the lid for the jar and the upper lip is a part of the lid. The lower lip is part of the bowl so it appears that his mouth is open which I believe this is where the spoon handle would go. Originally he probably would have had a curved handled ceramic spoon that may have looked like a tongue. All color is under glaze. This piece is not marked but I believe he was made in Japan and is from the 1930's or 1940's. We have the correct mammy version for sale in our shop if you want to compare the two.
It measures about 4 ¼” tall and the base is about 3” in diameter. It is in nice condition with minor wear. There is a chip on the inside edge of the bowl which I have shown in the photos. This does not come with a spoon and as previously state it is a mismatched piece which has been taken into account in the price.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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