KUHN & KOMOR
(Fomerly known as Kuhn & Co. 79, Main Street, Yokohama. 1869 - c.1897. As Kuhn & Komor c. 1897 - c.1920)Silversmiths - 37, Water Street, Yokohama. 2, Nanking Road, Shanghai. Queen's Road, Hong Kong.
This Hungarian owned Japanese company also had branches in Kobe, Singapore, Calcutta, Bombay, and Budapest.
In 1892 the Hong Kong branch of this business was being run by M.M. Kuhn, Siegfried Komor and Arthur Kuhn. In 1896 they were joined by Siegfried's nephew, Isidor Komor. Isidor's father, Salomon Kuhn, had officially "Magyarized" the family name in 1881. In 1897 Isidor, and his cousin, Arthur Kuhn, took over the Yokohama branch and following that, in April 1898, Isidor and his wife Frieda (Abeles) moved their family to Shanghai to open the branch there.
It would appear, that in 1919, Isidor and his family were rounded up as 'enemy' nationals and they were repatriated to Hamburg. Following the death of his wife Frieda, Isidor Komor returned to Shanghai in 1933 (the Komor's were a Jewish family) to rejoin his eldest son, Paul, who had returned to Shanghai in 1920. Paul Komor (born: Budapest 1886 - died: Santa Cruz, California 1973) is noted as being the 'Honorary Council General for Hungary' at Shanghai in the 1930's. In 1942 Paul Komor was considered as a likely British spy by Japanese Naval Intelligence and placed under house arrest for two months. He remained in Shanghai until 1948 when he immigrated with his wife to Santa Cruz, California.
Kuhn & Co. - Yokohama - 1881
Kuhn & Komor - Yokohama - 1899 (the two gentleman pictured in the shop doorway are likely to be Isidor Komor and his cousin, Arthur Kuhn)
Kuhn & Komor - Yokohama - 1901
Kuhn & Komor - Yokohama - 1906
(Now showing the Shanghai branch as 29, Nanking Road)
Kuhn & Komor - Yokohama - 1907
(Now showing the Shanghai branch as 2, Nanking Road)KUHN and KOMOR, Dealers in Fine Art Curios, 2, Nanking Road.
Every trade has its chief representatives, who have attained their leading positions through the superiority of their goods or the extent of their operations. The pill trade has Beecham's, the soap trade Pears', thread manufacture has J. and P. Coats, aerated water machinery Barnet and Foster, and so on indefinitely. It is with the fine art curio trade in the East with which we have now to deal, and, of course, everyone acquainted therewith knows that Messrs. Kuhn and Komor are primus inter pares in it. Their business, which was established in 1865. has its headquarters at Yokohama, and its depots in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Calcutta, Bombay, and Budapest are the chief establishments of the kind in these places. The Shanghai branch, which has been established about seven years, and is under the supervision of Mr. I. Komor, one of the partners, affords an excellent illustration of the wide range and scope of the firm's operations. The premises here have been recently rebuilt, and should be visited by everyone in the town on the outlook for rare and beautiful works of art in silver, bronze, Satsuma, Cloisonne, ivory, wood, lace, silk, and other materials that would occupy the attention of the connoisseur indefinitely. Indeed, it is probable there are few European residents in Shanghai who have not. at one time or another, taken advantage of the bargains which the firm can offer here by reason of their extensive manufacturing operations, and the specialised knowledge and ability with which these operations are conducted, together with the very low rates of freightage here from the "Land of the Rising Sun." As a matter of fact, the firm sell their goods in Shanghai as cheaply as they do in Japan. The faculty of making common and familiar things tell pleasurably upon the ordinary mind by little artistic surprises and fresh interpretations of the common aspects of natural objects and scenes is specially the gift of the Japanese, and a gift as valuable as it is rare. Messrs. Kuhn and Komor's stock affords many notable illustrations of this, and were we to describe a tithe of the beautiful and interesting articles which it comprises, many pages would be necessary for the purpose. As this is, of course, impossible, we can only advise those who are desirous of obtaining genuine and superior goods to pay the establishment a visit. Once inside, it is a foregone conclusion that more extensive purchases will be made than were intended on first entering, for the stock is irresistible in its appeals to all lovers of beauty, novelty, and utility in art goods.
Source: Seaports of the Far East, Historical and Descriptive, Commercial and Industrial Facts, Figures,& Resources
- A Macmillan - 1907
Details of the Hong Kong branch under their earlier name of Kuhn & Co. from 1892
Kuhn & Komor were noted as the favoured suppliers of diplomatic presentation silver by the Japanese Government.
By 1926 Kuhn & Komor had been succeeded by Toyo Murakami
The 1902 Juror's List for Hong Kong identifies the following employees of Kuhn & Komor:
Arthur Kuhn - Curio Dealer - Address: Robinson Road
Jose Maria do Rosario Xavier - Clerk - Address: 21, Queen's Road
Some examples of the marks of Kuhn & Komor:
An image of Isidor Komor can be seen at: http://digitalassets.ushmm.org/photoarc ... (HUNGARIAN
)Kuhn & Komor, a prominent jewelry firm established at Yokohama, are the designers of a large Japanese bronze statue which' has just been added to Stanford University. The figure stands 10 feet high and weighs over 2.000 pounds. It is surmounted by a great eagle, whose outstretched wings measure eight feet from tip to tip. Around the base of the figure, which is of roughened bronze, shaped to represent a huge moss covered stone and circled with ivy is a group of scampering monkeys, in all sorts of grotesque attitudes and postures. This piece of bronze work was much admired by Admiral Dewey during his brief stay at Yokohama.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review
- 3rd September 1902