There are many names for these biscuit jars or covered bowls - but they are all meant to hold cookies, sweets or other small treats. They were an essential in Victorian times through the first half of the 20th century, and brought out when one had visitors for tea, coffee or a glass of sherry.
This lovely piece is spring green on white porcelain, with hand painted vignettes of flowers (roses and daisies), and hand applied gold accents. It is in remarkable condition, with no chips or cracks and minimal wear to the painting. It measures 8" across and 4" high. There is age related wear on the base.
The piece is unmarked, but the mold is very similar to Nippon pieces.