This example is likely a fake or fantasy item unless the same shape could be found to have been originally made during the Nippon era. In which case it would be a contemporary reproduction of that shape. The decoration, however, is completely modern. The delicate flower sprays reminiscent of antique floral decorations are the same. Designs like this were created with the intent of appealing to the nostalgic minded and appear on many types of false contemporary 'Nippon'. They are uniform and applied in a factory by machines, not painted by hand.
Compare this piece to the 'Nippon' toothbrush and soap holder fantasy item also listed here in this shop as item 2007RP00067 in order to more easily be able to recognize the decorative design on other modern-made items in the future.
Somewhat small for a soup tureen this item could be used for serving sauce or gravy, but it was not really made for food service. It was produced to appeal to collectors of Nippon porcelain, based on the spurious mark applied on its base.
The back stamp on bottom may read,"Hand-Painted" and "Nippon" but neither of these remarks are true. The hourglass-type figure seen in the center of the mark on the base of this item was never a part of any authentic mark from the Nippon era, making this particular false mark easier to identify than some of the others that very closely mimic true marks. The wreath portion of the mark seen here is similar to a wreath figure seen in some authentic Nippon era marks, but in this case it is upside down from the orientation one should expect to find for wreaths in original marks.
Measures 8 inches by 5 inches, by 6 1/2 inches tall, with the lid in place.
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