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80303-0039-PP - Kuhn & Komor Shop


Yokohama Meiji 1890s Unknown
Interior of the famed fine art and curio business Kuhn & Komor on 37 Water Street (水町通り) opposite the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Its predecessor was Kuhn & Co. located at 79 Main Street, also in Yokohama, between 1869 (Meiji 2) and 1897 (Meiji 30).

K&K was established by the Hungarian Jew Isidor Komor and his cousin Arthur Kuhn. The firm manufactured decorative objects which were frequently given as diplomatic gifts by the Japanese government.

The company was active between 1897 (Meiji 30) and 1919 (Taisho 8) and had branches in Kobe, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. It carried works of art in silver, bronze, Satsuma ware, Cloisonné, ivory, wood, lace, silk, and other materials. K&K employed Japanese silversmiths at a time when these artisans were highly regarded all over the world. Even today, the high quality K&K works are still routinely found at auctions.

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