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Alfred Dunhill 'Namiki' Enamel Table Lighter, 1930s

$16,296.58Asking Price


An extremely scarce ‘Namiki’ table lighter in ‘Giant’ table size with silver-plated hardware with a glossy black background with a red and yellow chrysanthemum with foliage to the front, and three gold and red flowers with foliage to the reverse. Marked Dunhill, Made in England with patent number 390107 to the base. Bears artist’s signature in gold. Notes: The decoration to the bodies of these table lighters is created using the very skilled lacquer technique known as maki-e (translated as ‘sprinkled picture’). This method of decoration started in Japan in the Heian period (794–1185 AD), where layers of wet lacquer are dusted with precious metal powders to create patterns or images, often using very delicate, fine brushes. The lacquer dries before another layer of powder and lacquer is applied, and so on, until the desired depth of detail and shine is reached. The Namiki factory, a name synonymous with this style of decoration, was founded in Tokyo and resurrected this ancient technique, as a means of decorating their patented lacquered fountain pens. In the 1920s, Clement Court, the manager of the Alfred Dunhill boutique in Paris, was so captivated by this delicate and clearly luxurious technique, he sought to obtain the worldwide distribution rights to Namiki and their skill in the maki-e technique, leading to the creation of the ‘Dunhill-Namiki’ fountain pen, the most sought after and valuable fountain pen in the world.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.94 in. (10 cm)Width: 3.15 in. (8 cm)Depth: 1.38 in. (3.5 cm)
  • Style
    Anglo-Japanese (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The enamel is very crisp and the hardware on the lighter is in extremely good order.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 63721stDibs: LU868010525373

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