So I was innocently looking through the goodies at my friend Liz's gift shop the other day when I spotted a vintage tea canister. It was part of a set, but happily each piece was for sale individually. "Why didn't you TELL me you had a vintage tea canister?" I said. (Sheesh, haven't I trained her better than that?) But then she said this piece actually belonged to Bebe, the woman who helps her at the store, so she hadn't actually displayed this herself. So I had to give her a pass on that, and besides, I was too happy to have found a new piece in some nice fall colors.
The lid was interesting, and I couldn't quite figure out what it was supposed to be. Some fruit, maybe? Hmmm.
I got home with the new tea canister and discovered that, whaddayaknow, those coasters I bought a few weeks ago match the tea canister. Cool!
The brown leaf design is clearly the same one. Sure wish I knew what it was called ...
But what I had not noticed at the store was that unlike my coasters, the tea canister has a sticker on bottom! It says Original Arnart Creations in Japan and the piece itself is stamped "Braun Onion" which means "Brown Onion." I found a description from an Etsy seller who sold some similar pieces: "Made by Original Arnart Creations in Japan with a distinctive middle Eastern hourglass shape and decorative tops, uniquely decorated in a vine, gingko leaf and mum design accented with terra cotta stripes. The lids have a dimensional leafy onion as a handle." Mystery solved!