Nippon generally refers to Japanese wares made during the period of 1891 to 1921. Nippon, meaning Japan, identified the country of origin to comply with American importation restrictions.
This fantastic hand painted Nippon jug, circa 1914-1921, has a unique triangular-shaped body, short, round neck with pour spout and arched handle. It is decorated with a hand painted forest scene consisting of a partially obscure stag with large rack, numerous leaf laden trees and delicate trailing ivy. The background shades from moss green at the top to a greenish yellow at the base. The green foliage of the trees is medium shades of green as is the ivy with tan tints. The stately stag is realistic hues of brown. Delicate white moriage foliage and ivy adds depth and beauty to the overall motif. The picture is complete with a dark green rim and handle which is encrusted with geometric designs and minute beading in shades of brown and white.
The jug measures 5" across the widest part of the sides, 6 1/2" in height and 4 1/2" across the base. Marked in green with the Nippon #47 mark, consisting of an "M" within a wreath and "Hand Painted Nippon". The M stands for the importer, Morimura Bros. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Fantastic design, color pallet, shape and subject matter.
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