A lovely and well made piece of hand-painted Japanese pottery!
In totally undamaged condition, which is rare for pieces of the size and type, this gorgeously colourful and nicely detailed Kingfisher is both decorative and functional.
The Kingfisher is a symbol of peace and prosperity in many cultures, especially for the ancient Greeks and the Chinese. This piece however was most likely made for the Western American or European market during the mid to late 1940’s as it has a red “Made in Japan” mark. Before the 1940’s, Japanese wares were marked “Nippon” and after the war they were marked “Occupied Japan” or Made in Japan after 1954 respectively.
Measuring a sweet 8cm tall (approx.), this beautifully crafted Kingfisher is both a model and a useful piece for the smoker of the time for storing cigarettes in the six small holes cut into the base of the trunk that the bird perches on.
A lovely little piece of Tobacciana, that would also be a sweet and colourful addition to any vintage Japanese animal collection.