Japanese golden vanity case, by Fujii Yoshityoyo Damascene Company, Taisho Period c. 1920


Japanese vanity case of supreme quality, with all exterior surfaces richly decorated in damascened ‘Zogan’ technique, with two tones of gold and some silver details on a patinated black iron case, one panel with three plump birds in a garden being stalked by two ferocious dragons, the reverse with a tall pagoda and bridge before a distant Mt Fuji, also with two sinuous dragons emerging from the sides of the case, the interior with one side plain, the other with small plaque of squabbling birds & flowers, opening to reveal a large & smaller sprung coin holder, the lower segment with mirror opening to a compartment with ivory plaque; suspended on a long gilt chain with central finger-ring.

Signed outside & in with a ‘Mt Fuji’ mon,

for The Fujii Damascene Co.,

Fujii Yoshitoyo’s workshop, Kyoto

Circa 1920



9x7cm, 1cm thick, chain 16cm

Excellent condition with very minor signs of age, no losses or restorations


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