Brightly colored ceramic pottery tea or coffee canister, made in the early 1950's by Arnart Potteries of Japan. The Royal Crown logo was used prior to 1957. The canister is 5 1/4" high, 4 1/4" wide and 3 /4" deep.
Post WWII Japanese potteries copied European styles (in this case, Gaudy Dutch) to appeal to Western tastes. The wares hand painted and inexpensive at the time, as Japan suffered from post war economic depression. Much like American Depression Glass, these wares were cheap when made, and have become more collectible over time.
This hand painted jar or canister is in very good condition with 1 chip on the inner rim. The chip does not show from the outside. There are many areas of imperfect painting and areas where the paint has bled through the glaze. This probably occurred when the painter spilled a few drops. The pigments used - cobalt and carmine - are strong, and even if they appeared to be wiped off, they could appear after firing.
All sides of the jar are shown in the photos.
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