Category Archives: Meiji Hair Comb

Some combs I like

This late-Edo tortoiseshell comb is held in an open silver frame with a silver mount Fuji behind gold and silver birds. The fruit on the tree are pearls. A similar decoration graces the matching kogai stick. It comes in its original box and is selling for $1400 on Trocadero. I also liked this carved gilt…Continue Reading

Japonisme: Lalique and Meiji Birds

After the opening up of trade routes to Japan, Edo and Meiji combs were introduced at the Paris exhibition of 1867. They took the European art world by storm and began a craze in France called Japonisme . It is interesting to compare Lalique’s masterpiece Two Swallows with a Stalk of Oats c. 1906-1908, carved…Continue Reading

Japanese Ducks

This Meiji tortoiseshell comb has one pair of mandarin ducks swimming in the water with chrysanthemum decorations on the left side. The artist , Shorin,  was able to do a three-dimensional carving of the ducks in the water.  The other side has a lotus design. Gold makie  is used in the carving. And most importantly,…Continue Reading