This is another example that is best described as a fantasy piece because it is a very modern looking mold shape. As a vanity-type item it could be used to hold lipstick or small perfume bottles upright in the wells, and rings or pins in the tray portion.
No matching shape was ever originally made by a Japanese producer during the Nippon era. Compare the floral decoration on this piece with the same on the 'Toothbrush and Soap Holder' listed here in this shop as item # 2007RP00067, or the 'Nippon' candle holder fantasy item in #2007RP00043. Familiarizing yourself with this specific decoration can make it easier to quickly recognize the same design on other modern porcelain items in the future. On this item and the soap holder a green over spray was applied over the cream-colored background, while on the candle holder pink is the main background. But the delicate flower sprays reminiscent of the floral decorations often seen on authentic antiques are the same.
These types of items are entirely new production designs created with the intent of appealing to the nostalgic minded. The same floral decoration has been used for years now and is still being applied to new articles, so it will be found on many types of false contemporary porcelain pieces. Many will have false 'Nippon' marks, but some items also bear alternate spurious marks, too.
This design is not 'hand painted' though commonly it will be identified as such when sold to the unwary, because the false Nippon mark declares it to have been painted by hand. But this is untrue. The decoration you see was actually applied in a factory - by machines.
No authentic mark from the Nippon era ever used an hourglass-type figure like the one in the center of the mark on the base of this item. This one fact, alone, makes any 'Nippon' item that wears it easier to identify than others which were marked with devices that can very closely mimic true Nippon marks. Also, while the wreath portion of the mark you see here may be similar to the wreath included in some authentic Nippon era marks, in this particular mark it's orientation is actually upside down from the way wreaths were incorporated into original marks.
Measures 7 1/2 inches by 6 5/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
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