Fine Japanese Damascene Meiji period box in the komai style. The box of flower head shape with inlaid gold, the hinged cover with a scene comprising of a brace of quail amongst foliage and blossoming flowers beside a flowing stream, a third bird is seen taking flight to the top. The side of the box featuring two opposing dragons with the Fujii mark to the base for Fujii Yoshitoyo. Circa 1900, Meiji Period.
Notes | Fujii Yoshitoyo was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1868. Fourth generation metal worker of first rank. He devoted himself to learning about the damascene art and developing the already known techniques used by his family. He left home and moved to Tokyo to develop further and at the age of 35 in 1902 he obtained a patent for his new techniques from the imperial government. In 1909 a second patent was granted to him, he continued to develop his skills and was awarded multiple first class medals throughout his exhibitions and was fortunate enough to sell directly to the imperial household. At its highest point the Fujii factory employed over 200 people mainly exporting sought after objects to Europe and America. During this time he also had his works represented by the Mitsukoshi company. Unlike Komai who use the Zogan (inlay) technique Fujii uses mostly an etching technique on his works, no examples of Zogan have ever been found.
Measurements | 3cm High x 7.5cm Diameter (1.18 x 2.95 Inches)
Condition | Excellent