This is a Japanese Nippon hard paste porcelain humidor pot with lid, hand painted. 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.
This humidor has six sides. It is 6 ¾” high and 5 ½” wide.
The jar or pot is glazed. The scene is one of a sail boat being tossed around in a stormy sea with high waves, thus the colors of gray and black on the water and in the sky. The scene goes around the jar.
Around the top of the jar and the edge of the lid is a band of green with a gold overlay design and gold beading on the edge. There are round glazed pink and white flowers with gold lines and gold edges.
The lid is painted in the same colors. The top of the finial has a design in gold overlay.
The inside and underside are glazed white.
There is a little bit of wear to the raised enamel design
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The green-blue mark is a circle with stuff in it and above Imperial Nippon and below Hand Painted. It is mark 38 in the Nippon encyclopedia.
This is an original Nippon humidor.