Arthur & Bond, the fine art gallery, dealers in high-class curios, antiques and modern, was located at No. 38 Water Street, Yokohama, Japan. They had two branches, one located at 90 Concession, Kobe, Japan, and another located at 52 St. Mary Axe, London E.C.. They also had London Correspondents, Henry. S. King & Co. and American Agent, G. W. Sheldon & Co..
Their business card describes;
The Fine Art Gallery is one of the Sights of Yokohama and contains some of the most superb pieces of both modern & Ancient Art Workmanship in the country, embracing Gold Lacquer, Chased, hammered and inlaid Metal Works, Ivory Carvings, Embroideries, Cloisonne, Porcelain, Kakemono, Screens, Cabinets, so, so.
Visitors to Japan are cordially invited to inspect our collection, and will find all articles marked in Plain Figures at Moderate Prices. No troouble to show Goods.
They catered mainly to English expatriates and foreign travelers. They appear to have been retailers and manufacturers of a wide variety of goods, including Gold Lacquer, Chased, hammered and inlaid Metal Works, Ivory Carvings, Embroideries, Cloisonne, Porcelain, Kakemono, Screens, Cabinets.
They were a retailer but also an active manufacturer to employ local silversmiths. We can see some of their surviving products, like various pieces of silver including a Swiss watch with a Japanese silver case with their name on it. Among them the most famous and monumental product is the Liscum Bowl which was made by Japanese silversmiths employed by them in 1902.
DAUM FRÈRES Nancy, France
“Star” footed bowl c. 1930
Deep jade green crystal acid-cut with geometric star motif
Marks: Daum Nancy with the Cross of Lorrain
For more information see: Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco, Victor Arwas (NY: Abrams, 1987).
H: 4 1/4″ x Dia: 11 5/8″
Daum was founded in 1878 by Jean Daum. After settling in Nancy, Jean came in contact with a group of industrialists who wanted to start a glassworks called “Verrerie Sainte Catherine” (1875) and he was persuaded to become a cofinancer. At first the glassworks produced glass for watches, mirrors and tables. When the factory came in financial problems, already in 1876, Jean decided to withdraw from the sinking ship. His copartners however weren’t able to refund his share. Jean saw no other way than to take over the complete works of his compagnons and bought them out. He altered the name of the factory to “Verrerie de Nancy”.
His sons, Auguste and Antonin Daum, took over the glassworks after their father’s death in 1885. From this moment on the glassworks was named Daum Frères.
The glassworks of Daum has been associated with technical innovation as well as outstanding artistic creativity. An example of a new technique introduced by Daum is vitrification, also known as jade glass. Jade glass was created by reheating colored glass powder resulting in a cloudy, mottled type of glass.
Verreries D’Art Lorrain:
Pierre D’Avesn was employed by Daum to design and supervise production of the Croismare Glassworks near Luneville which Daum took over in 1927 and renamed Verreries D’Art Lorrain. The purpose of buying this factory was to compete with Lalique and others for the lucrative market of Department Stores and large-scale retailers, particularly in the USA.
Art glass produced by Daum for this market, either at the Lorrain glassworks or another one they called “Verreries de Belle-Etoile” was signed either “P.d’Avesn” or “Lorrain” or “Val” (company initials), or “Verreries de Belle-Etoile”. Due to the great depression in Europe and the US, the Lorrain glassworks was closed in 1932.
The Sweetser Co. New York, New York
Covered cigar box c. 1910
Elaborately etched sterling silver cover with a spherical jade finial and a copper box bottom, wood lined
Marks: S & E in three separate boxes (2x), STERLING, 2158
H: 4 3/4″ x D: 6 1/8″ x W: 7 5/8″
The Sweetser Co. New York, NY was active 1900-1915 and were manufacturers of fancy gold and sterling wares