Vintage Biscuit Barrel & Bowl (Set)

R240.00

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Vintage Biscuit Barrel & Bowl (Set)

R240.00

I originally thought that this jar and bowl were Chinese, and that the jar was possibly meant for tea leaves, but having done a bit of research online it seems that this style of canister is nearly always referred to as a biscuit barrel, so that’s what we’ll call it! Obviously though you could use it for anything you want – tea, sugar, home made ginger biscuits – whatever takes your fancy! Also it turns out that instead of being Chinese, this is actually Japanese porcelain, and that the maker’s mark reads ‘Nippon‘ (Japan) – translation courtesy of our good friend Lucky Luc! Most people date this cherry blossom pattern to the 1950s, although some sellers believe that it’s pre-World War II. Other than that though nothing much seems to be known about this porcelain. I’m also not sure what the bowl would have been used for – perhaps serving the biscuits that were stored in the jar? The small bowl originally had a bamboo handle, but sadly it was a bit worse for wear. It’s still a completely functional – and very attractive! – piece of China though!

Note: This porcelain is what is termed transferware, so the pattern is a bit roughly applied in places

Dimensions: Biscuit barrel – 15cm tall (excl. handle) x 11.5cm in diameter; Bowl – 4.5cm deep x 17cm long x 14cm wide

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