Of political interest A Japanese Koro incense burner
A Japanese Kyoto pottery koro (incense burner) of tapered cylindrical form resting on tripod ruyi-head legs, the shallow doed cover moulded with chrysanthemum petals and surmounted by a florl bud finial, the whole decorated in overglaze enamels and gilding with a (hairy-tailed tortoise) a Manchurian Crane , Pune and prunus ( all emblematic of longevity, unsigned.
Sold with the card of Mr. Shigeru Yoshida inscribed 'To Mrs. Neville Chamberlain with happy remembrances of the past. 'Hoping you are keeping well'.
Shigeru Yoshida was the Japanese ambassador in London from 1936-38 and later became prime minister of several cabinets in Japan between 1948 and 1954. During his and his wife Yukiko's time during the pre-war years at the Japanese Embassy, 10 Grosvenor Square, relations between the two countries were often difficult. However the feelings between Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain and Mr. and Mrs. Yoshida were cordial and their friendship and affection for Britain remained in later years. Yoshida was firmly against war with the allies.
Provenance By direct family descent
The koro and cover are structurally sound and free from any cracks, chips, repair or restoration. There is some localised stain on the interior of the centre of the cover with some generalised light stain in places on the exterior, though nothing excessive. The decoration is free from significant wear. The card has been folded into quarters.
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