Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha

At its height of production, Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha employed a work force of about sixty. These included some of the most outstanding craftsmen of the day, such as Suzuki Chokichi (1860-1919), Miyakawa Kozan (1842-1916), and Ogawa Shomin (1847-91). But through time the company directorship found it more profitable to revert to the initial practice of contracting important independent artisans (such as, for example, the celebrated Tokyo cloisonné master Namikawa Sosuke [1847-1910]) rather than inviting them to come and work at the factory.

 Company stamp beneath the "double-mountain" company logo reading Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha sei ([made by] the Company for the Establishment of Industry and Commerce)

The firm continued to exhibit wares at various world exhibitions and even went so far as to open branch offices in New York and Paris to coincide with the Centennial Exhibition (at Philadelphia) and the Paris Exhibition (1876 and 1878 respectively). It appears that the New York branch office was operated not under the actual company name but rather under the name, Japanese Trading Company (located at 915 Broadway, New York City). The Alfred O. Deshong Collection includes two letters to Mr. Deshong from a certain O. Fukushima on letterhead of this firm.

In spite of the impressive quality of the wares of the Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha, and in spite of the very high reputation of the firm, even government subsidy did not save it from dissolution in 1890.

The Alfred O. Deshong Collection contains twelve bronze vessels from this company.