Japanese iron damascene dish worked in gold and silver nunomezogan on a plain matt black ground engraved with a procession of a Daimyo being carried in a palanquin among pine trees, signed Nihon koku Kyoto ju Komai sei 日本國京都住駒井製 (made by Komai, Kyoto-Japan) with the dragonfly seal, Meiji period 1868-1912.
The Komai Company in Kyoto was founded in 1841 and produced the finest damascene objects (inlaid work of gold and silver on iron ware) in Western and traditional Japanese styles, and continued to make metalwork until 1941.
Some of their pieces were exhibited at the Portland Exposition in 1905, St. Petersburg in 1908, London and Brussels in 1910 and Vienna in 1913.
Reference: 'Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the
D. Khalili Collection', Metalwork part I, Vol. II, no. 36.
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