This is a Japanese Nippon hard paste porcelain humidor jar. The date is circa 1910.
A humidor jar was originally intended as a decorative holder for tobacco. However over the years my customers have told me they use such jars for cookies, crackers, biscuits and even the prescription medical green dried herb as they love these antique containers but none of them smoke tobacco.
The jar is 6 1/8” high to the top of the knob, or finial, and 5” wide at the body. The jar is in the shape of a hexagon with six sides and it rests on knob feet. The jar is large enough to serve a multi-purpose function, such as a tea caddy, cracker or cookie jar.
The front panel shows a hand painted owl perched on a branch, with wide open eyes. The other panels show trees and limbs and maple leaves, all in shades of green, brown, yellow and blue. Around the top is a band of brown with raised designs. The lid matches the jar and shows more of the painted maple leaves, with a raised design on top of the knob.
The jar is not glazed except for the interior, under the lid and on the bottom.
There is minimal wear. There is some scuff wear around the edges of the lid. There is some estate residue underneath the lid. There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
This is an original Nippon jar.
The green mark is M in the wreath with Hand Painted above and Nippon below.
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