Fukugawa porcelain vase
Japan, Showa period, 1940’s
A porcelain vase of ovoid shape, supported on a countersunk base. The bulging sides end in a small mouth rim. The vase is covered on the exterior with a very pale celadon glaze that has as its only decoration a sixteen-petalled, gilt chrysanthemum on the shoulder. The mouth rim is also gilded. The base is painted in gilt with the Fukugawa mark.
This splendid Fukugawa vase was a personal gift from Emperor Hirohito to Sir Stanley Tomlinson (1912 – 1994), in gratitude for being part of the consular service in Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama from 1935 – 40. The sixteen.petalled chrysanthemum is the Imperial mon or crest, so we can be sure that this vase was given to Sir Stanley Tomlinson by Hirohito personally.