A Japanese rectangular-shaped iron damascene box depicting the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Signed Komai Otojiro.
The Komai family has worked as a sword furniture maker in Kyoto for generations. It was a father of Otojiro Komai (and grandfather of Seibei Komai) who in 1853 gave rise to a form of damascene (or Japaneze Zogan) used to adorn and decorate swords, pistols, daggers and various types of furniture for swords. With the major changes brought about by the Meiji Restoration (early 1868) and the Haitorei edict (March 1876), the Japanese were no longer allowed to wear the sword, so the Komai family, like many others, had to find another form of sustenance. They applied their damask craft (gold and silver inlay on iron items) to create Western and traditional Japanese style items by producing vases, purses, cigar cases, cigarettes and cards, jewelry boxes, coat buttons, combs, buckles, incense burners, hanging plates, lockets, brooches, pendants, spoons, bracelets, lockers and more.
Meiji period middle 19th century
Sizes: 2,5 x 6 x 5 cm
Condition report: Good condition
3 900 €
4 500 €