Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Y. Kawano Shoten [河野商店] (1875-1940)

Y. Kawano shop was established by Yoshitaro Kawano (河野由太郎) in 1875 at 22 Honcho-dori, Nichome, Yokohama. In early 1900s the shop was moved to 37 Honcho-dori and remained there until 1920s. In late 1910s Yoshitaro's son, Kawano Yoshinosuke (河野芳之助), took over the business. In early 1930s the workshop was moved again, to 19 Honcho-dori. Around the same time Y. Kawano opened a branch in Kobe, at 169 Kotono-cho 5-chome, Fukiai-ku.

A cloisonne vase from Y. Kawano workshop. Another vase.

The company's works have been submitted to the world exhibitions for over 40 years. In 1893 Yoshitaro participated in the World's Columbian Exposition held in San Francisco, USA. In 1900 he was awarded the Gold Medal at The Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, France. In 1904 he exhibited flower vases and bowls at Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, USA. A year later we was awarded the Gold Medal at the Liege International in Liege, Belgium. Another Gold Medal was awarded to him in 1910, at the Japan-British Exhibition in London, Great Britain. In 1915 he participated in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, USA. Yoshinosuke submitted his works to the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris, France, in 1925, and 8 years later, in 1933, to the Century of Progress International Exposition held in Chicago, USA.

A damascene box from Y. Kawano workshop.

Company was active until World War II. After that the traces of the company are lost. Presumably, the company didn't recover from the consequences of the war and was closed forever.

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