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Pair of Japanese Bronze Hibachi with Silver and Copper Inlay, Meiji Period

$4,950per set


An exquisite pair of Japanese mixed metal bronze hibachi with idyllic landscape scenes, Meiji period (1868-1912), late 19th or early 20th century, Japan. The hibachi of generous proportions, with a high, slightly splayed foot, a shorty, narrow waist, and a large and wide cylindrical body. The body decorated in the mixed metal technique. The bronze carved and set with inlays of copper and silver to create wonderful landscape scenes. A pair of animal mask handles to the sides. Each hibachi with a cast signature reading ?? (Toyomi?) to the underside. One side of each hibachi depicting an evening scene, with scholars walking about a mountain retreat, replete with a waterfall, pavilions, pagodas, and pine trees, all shimmering under a full moon. The other side of the hibachi depicting a daytime scene, with a view of similar pavilions, pagoda, and pine, though with boats also visible in the distance. Copper inlay has been used for the roofs and the trunks of the pine trees. Silver inlay has been used for the pine needles, scholars, building supports, water, boats, moon, as well as the distant mountains. Originally used as a simple and elegant space heater, in which the hibachi was filled with sand or ash, and hot coals placed on top, today, they make wonderful jardinières or planters.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Width: 13.75 in. (34.93 cm)Depth: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Some tarnishing to the silver in the recessed areas. The bronze with some scattered light staining, as seen in photos. The interior with signs of use, as expected.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894722296022

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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