From Count Tachibana’s collection
Flower Vase with design of Dragon and Clouds in Overgraze Enamels
This was presumed to have been ordered as a furnishing in a Western style-building. It was made around 1910 and owned by the Tachibana family. In an aged Tachibana family document there is a curious entry regarding a list of vases donated to the Tachibanas by someone from Yanagawa who was living in Saga. Unfortunately, since the manufacturing date is unknown, and there is no description of the pattern, it remains unclear whether it was made as a one-off or was one part of a pair.
Sugar Bowl with Gion-mamori (Talisman) Crest Design blue and white, gold glazing
It was ordered along with the completion of the Western-style building in 1910. It would have been a tea set used in the study or drawing room after dinner. A 31-piece tea set consisting of 4 kinds of items, complete with a teapot, sugar bowl, dessert plates, cups and saucers. The Fukagawa-seiji (motif of Mt. Fuji with a flowing river) trade mark was inscribed on the base of the items or the inside lid of the teapot.
Teacup and Saucer with a Gion-mamori (Talisman) blue and white Crest Design and gold glazing
The box of tea cups has “one set of 3 dozen tea cups which were coated with Yoraku (luxurious paint) and the family crest,” “Hizen Arita kiln, Made in Fukagawa-seiji, the purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency.” This means that 3 dozen, 36-piece tea cups were ordered at that time. They are modern designed tea cups as you can see, and the Yanagawa clan family crest is inscribed with bright sky-blue Gosu (cobalt oxide) on the Yoraku pattern which was outlined with gold dye. The classic Yoraku pattern of Ko-imari style is alternately displayed with motifs of leaf fan and Kensaki (the point of a sword) inside the motif of petals hi-lighted with gold. The combination of gold and bright blue on a white background give a noble and refreshing impression.