Colonial figurines, “Made in Occupied Japan”
After World War II the former Empire of Japan began making porcelain items and trinkets a common theme among these items were figurines. American colonial times was a one of these themes for which porcelain figurines were produced. These items began being made around 1947 during the “occupation”. These figurines are very collectible and items made within this time period are becoming harder to find, especially in good condition with minimal wear with no chips, nicks, or paint loss. The items marked “Made in Occupied Japan” that have remained in very good to excellent condition are the most desirable.Whereas items marked, “Made in Japan ” or “Japan” are less valuable.
So here is a seated man at about 3 1/2 inches in height and a violin playing woman about 3 3/8 inches in height wearing the favored colonial attire as if they just walked out of a pastoral scene. The set is without chips, nicks or breaks and the paint is bright and intact. Characteristically, these are hand painted so the features will not be as exact as mechanically produced and decorated figures. The female violinist is marked “Made in Occupied Japan” Where as the seated man is marked “Japan” both are in very good condition. They are being sold as a pair as they have been so for many years!
Please remember this is a retro or vintage piece. Most are used and will show some signs of “normal wear” that comes with age. We are very careful not to destroy any patina that may have formed as we think it adds to the beauty of these pieces. Of course you may want to polish or clean off the patina, and that is totally up to you. As we describe each piece if we find any flaws or defects we will point them out in the description. If we have replaced any parts or made other repairs, we will also note these in the description.