Circa 1912-26; Tokyo, Japan

A Japanese Fuji Damascene Company 24k gold-filled match box

Marked to the underside: [Mt Fuji] / K24 Gold
Manufactured by the Fuji Damascene Company, established in 1912 by founder Yoshitoyo Fujii (b. 1868), the footed diminutive box created using the technique of "Nunome Zogan" or gold inlaid over iron work, with an all-over etched floral motif that includes fine renderings of chrysanthemums and peonies
1.5" H x 2.25" W x 2.25" D

  • Notes: In 1902, at the age of 35, Yoshitoyo Fujii obtained his first patent from the Imperial Government. In 1909 he was granted his second patent. His damascene work, being made mostly from designs drawn by Prof. Bisei Unno of the Tokyo Fine Art School, were well-received and in keeping with the taste of the time. In 1910 Fujii participated in the Japan-British Exhibition held in London. In 1914 he presented his works in Tokyo Taisho Exhibition in Tokyo. A year after he went to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, USA. In 1933 he visited Chicago at a Century of Progress International Exposition.
  • Condition: Overall good condition with scattered scuffs, light scratches, and oxidation commensurate with age.

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