1932 年满洲国加冕记念小酒杯 This is a very rare one! a tapered square form handled winecup commemorating the 1932 coronation of the Emperor of Manchuko, generally known as a puppet state established by the Japanese government out of the Manchurian provinces of China in the prelude to WWII. The puppet emperor was the deposed former Emperor (P'u Yi) of all China before the Chinese Revolution. In his new role, his every move was circumscribed by the Japanese plenipotentiary to his court(See his autobiography or the movie).
It was an established tradition in China for monarchs (including Mao) to celebrate their reigns by commissioning special porcelain bearing their respective marks. In this case, the porcelain artisans created a rigid form and an even more rigid narcissus spray! They knew what his life would be like. Yet even they could not have imagined that he would live a second life of rigid house arrest under the new China of Mao after being "liberated" following WWII. For P'u Yi and many others, the early years of the Republic from 1911 to 1930 were the best. It was a long down hill slide afterward. Mark on the bottom is "Kang De" 康德 in seal script, his reign name.
2.7" square by 1.4" high. Mint condition. Green felt at bottom corners for protection. (note the little black patches on the footrim are felt pieces for protection) This is a unique wine cup, historically important and so exquisite in the artist's mockery. Imagine the "Emperor", his court and his foreign keepers toasting out of these square cups! A piece of history from the Early Republic of China!
I shall include the Manchuko coronation commemorative stamps.