This very handsome biscuit jar was made by O & EG Royal Austria. It measures 7" high by 6" in diameter. It has a wonderfully ornate form with fine beaded accents at the collar. It is glazed in a light yellow oil-spotted ground glaze and best of all, it is hand-painted with an Egyptian Revival motif by china-painter 'C.E.R.' as signed in the lidded dome. Oscar Gutherz started a porcelain decorating business in Altrolau, Bohemia in 1884, using financial backing from the American importer Lazarus Straus & Sons. The company subsequently expanded into porcelain production. In 1898, Oscar's brother, Edgar Gutherz, joined Oscar in the business, which became known as the Oscar & Edgar Gutherz (O. & E.G.) Royal Austria Factory. In 1918 the Royal Austria Factory ceased to be, so this jar was produced before that time. I am assuming that because O & EG provided jars to an American company, it is highly likely that they sold blanks to them for sale as china-painting pieces. Many companies participated in providing their wares for this purpose, so it is not a stretch to think this was acquired by the china painter 'C.E.R.' for her art. She decorated this jar and lid with a wonderful Egyptian Revivial theme using magnificent colors. It looks like the monogram on the domed lid could be a combination of the artists initials, but hard to tell for sure. Amazingly, this jar has survived the test of time. It was obviously well-cared for and loved because it is in pristine condition, no apologies. If you appreciate china-painted wares, you just found a keeper!