ARTISTS

Amita Arthur & Bond Asahi Shoten Ashihara Fujii, Yoshitoyo Fukui Hagiya, Katsuhira Hattori, Kintaro Ikeda, Seisuke G. Ikoma Kagawa, Katsuhiro Kawano, Yoshinosuke Komai, Otojiro Komai, Seibei Kuhn & Komor Kumeno, Teitaro Kuroda, Kiichi Kyoto Damascene Mitsui, Yoshio Mitsukoshi Miyamoto Shoko Murakami Toyo Nagata Namikawa, Yasuyuki Nogawa, Noboru Ogurusu Ohayo Okubo Brothers Samurai Shokai Takeda Brothers Uyeda, Kichigoro Yamanaka

Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Other artists

KOMAI, SEIBEI 駒井清兵衛 (1883-1970)

HISTORY

Seibei Komai was a son of Otojiro Komai and in the beginning had been working in the father's workshop. Later on he moved to his own workshop on Shinmonzen street.

Store of Seibei Komai, Kyoto.

After Otojiro Komai retired in 1906, Seibei took the name Otojiro II, continuing to work until 1912. Otojiro II continued to submit Komai works to exhibitions - St.Petersburg in 1908, Seattle in 1909, Brussels and London in 1910 and Vienna in 1913.

Komai Seibei cigarette case (left) and a later imitation by another artist (center). Both are from my collection.
Another imitation example (right) is by OHAYO.

The design of the above cigarette cases has been taken from the James Earle Fraser sculpture "End of the Trail". The original plaster sculpture (left), made by Fraser at the age of 17, first appeard at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and later at the San Francisco Exposition of 1915. A copy cast in bronze of a plaster statue is located in Waupun, Wisconsin, United States (right).

In the 1930's S. Komai had a shop in Shanghai. The Komai firm continued to produce metal work objects until 1941. At some point, Seibei Komai started to sell perl jewelry as an agent of Mikimoto Perl Store (御木本真珠店). He needed a partner to promote his works to the overseas market instead of Seisuke Ikeda and also expand the products line-up in his shop.

                                
                                                                     
Another "adoption" example: a matchsafe box by S. Komai (left), a cigarette case
by OHAYO (middle) and a cigarette case by another maker (right).

After World War II, Komai shop specialized in the pearl trade and their marvelous textured inlay technique was lost forever. Komai shop is selling pearls till today.

ADDRESS

No. 70 Shinmonzen, Kyoto
No. 261 Shinmonzen street, Kyoto (pearls shop, 1940s - today)

MARKS


Seibei Komai trade mark:
駒 ("koma") kanji inside the 井 ("i") kanji
駒井 = Komai



Rare mark in English

ADVERTISEMENTS
1901
1902
1903
1903

1905
1910 side A
1910 side B
1910

1913
1914
1921

Records from old books

1906
1912
(Translation)
1928
1934

EXAMPLES (from the internet)

EXAMPLES (from my collection)