Antique Meiji Period Japanese Bronze Coated Antimony Mixed Metal Dish Or Tray. Bronze coated antimony dish with mixed flower border emphasizing the chrysanthemum and 5 geisha woman with parisols outside a gated pagoda.This piece is in good condition with wear and tarnish in the silver and gilt finishes. Estimated age is from the Meiji period, circa 1910. Antimony is an alloy, which easily takes impressions, has a smooth surface and does not shrink during cooling after casting. When coated with gold, silver, or copper, pieces look incredibly luxurious. The origin of antimony products dates back to 1877, just after the Meiji Restoration in 1867, when casters and engravers employed as weapon makers by the Tokugawa Shogunate lost their jobs. They quickly used their initiative and established techniques to make antimony products. The antimony industry, even though being born in turbulent times, was not greatly affected by subsequent events such as the Great Kanto Earthquake, the great financial panic, global depression, and World War II.
In fact, only one month after the end of World War II in 1945, a meeting to herald the resumption of the association was held. After the Antimony Industrial Cooperative Association was officially launched in 1949, the industry contributed to the national export policy to acquire foreign currencies, and developed into an industry leading Japanese economic growth. Today not only are they highly valued as Japanese traditional crafts by Europeans and Americans, but are also pervasive in their everyday life.Measures 9 3/8" x 6 5/8". This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques".
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