Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793)
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$495.00
This wonderful early example of Japanese mingei folk ceramics is a thick “bedding tile” in rare snowflake form that was likely potted at the Seto kilns in the late Edo period, ca. 1800-1850. The glazed tile is boldly hand painted with a classic freestyle floral design in brown iron oxide and cobalt blue on a clear crazed ground. The bottom is unglazed except for the edges where the glaze from the front has overrun the sides...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #461144 (stock #11E-134)
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$265.00
This most unusual elongated covered box – probably used to hold brushes or pens -- displays the typical mottled orange, gold and black lacquer technique known as Wakasa-nuri. Meiji period, late 19th century. The center of the box’s cover has an unadorned red lacquer panel surrounded by the swirling wakasa-nuri finish along the edge and on all sides, and the exterior of the lower section is also decorated with wakasa-nuri lacquer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #709273 (stock #11F-143A38)
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$250.00
This exquisitely delicate gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are beautifully decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and gold takamakie (raised lacquer) floral and leaf designs with accents of gold kirigane inlay on a gold lacquer ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #657281 (stock #2-752A8)
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$230.00
This heavily-potted and molded Hizen Arita porcelain charger in octagonal form is decorated with thick overglaze enamels and sits atop a high combed foot rim. Early Meiji period, ca.1870. The reverse is signed in overglaze red enamel “Hichozan Shinpo Sei” (Made by Hichozan Shinpo)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #156787 (stock #2B-616)
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$375.00
This fine Japanese blue and white porcelain vase is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue foliate design of birds and flowers on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and karahana (China flowers)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429)
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$575.00
This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1837 VR item #507587 (stock #4-263A39)
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$850.00
Fine and rare early example of a Japanese Takeda ningyo (figurine) which shows all the typical characteristics of this Japanese doll genre: the extravagant pose, the dynamism, the upturned eyes and the downturned mouth. Ca. 1800. Representing a Kabuki actor playing a warrior, the figure is posed on a tree stump, carrying a pair of swords on his waist and a jingasa over his shoulder. His garments are made of embroidered chirimen (silk crepe) and brocade...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #518069 (stock #2B-571)
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$325.00
This classic Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a hand painted “mijin karakusa” design and five large flower blossoms in underglaze blue on a white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The mijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #865605 (stock #6-453)
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$210.00
This wonderful set of Japanese kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was relief cast in the form of “karahana” and dates to the early 20th century. The metal has been coated to simulate copper or bronze. The flowers were cast in high relief with an offset punched ground filled with tiny circles, and the details are finely rendered. Both kugikakushi have the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #55004 (stock #2-462)
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$125.00
Elegant Koransha white porcelain footed dish with dramatic design of large underglaze blue leaves, small overglaze turquoise leaves and overglaze red enamel berries outlined in gold. Meiji/Taisho period. Two blue rings encircle the high foot, beneath which is found the Koransha mark of the scented orchid painted in underglaze blue...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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$375.00
The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #313901 (stock #2B-667)
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$280.00
This unusual Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with six thick blue rimmed horseman roundels surrounding a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” boat picture like those on late Ming dynasty Red Cliff bowls. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century. (See page 274 of “Shibata Collection Part IV” for mark.) This design is reminiscent of the classic shonsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #636400 (stock #11-338A14)
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$650.00
This absolutely extraordinary oversized hibachi or brazier in natural form was skillfully crafted from the wood burl of a keyaki (zelkova) tree trunk and dates to the late 19th/early 20th century. The heavy body was created from a beautifully grained keyaki wood tree trunk, and it branches out to a highly irregular base that had once been four natural root sections. One of the root ends has been cut back to keep the hibachi to a manageable size. There is a small horizontal burl wood inset which ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #724846 (stock #2C-424)
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$395.00
This handsome, heavily potted Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) sake bottle or “tokkuri” in bulbous ovoid form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with “tako-karakusa” (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain white lip rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Early 20th century. The glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines.

Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa pat...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1251108 (stock #11-379A40)
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$875.00
This wonderful lacquered wood shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) was hand carved to advertise a shop that sold medicine and likely dates to the early 20th century, Meiji/Taisho period. The round trade sign was carved in low relief, coated with black lacquer and then gilded with layers of gold makie lacquer (powdered gold mixed with lacquer). There is a small rectangular panel at the top in which a horse has been painted. The kanji beneath the horse reads “Dai nihon Osaka Nakai Kazuma sei...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #46705 (stock #2C-281)
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$245.00
This unusually shaped Bizen ware sake flask (“tokkuri”) has an irregular pinched body and a tall neck. Early 20th century, probably Meiji. You can see that it has been wheel thrown. This is a wonderfully tactile piece with a great “feel,” and it fits perfectly into the hand for pouring. A rich natural ash glaze covers the shoulder and some of the protruding angles, culminating in glaze splotches on some surface areas. For centuries, Bizen has been highly regarded for its dark red-brown ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #272762 (stock #11-224)
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$345.00
Wonderful folk art study of a carved wooden figure of Daruma in repose, signed “Shisei” with an extensive inscription on the base. Meiji period, late 19th century. Daruma’s expressive face with piercing eyes is beautifully rendered in great depth and detail. The figure is clad in a carved hooded robe which is softly draped over both shoulders, exposing a bare chest and stomach. The carving technique is one wherein closely cut hatch marks create a texture and fluidity in the way Daruma’s ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #766912 (stock #11-350A15)
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$595.00
This wonderfully detailed boxwood tray has been realistically carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf holding a lotus flower seed pod. Meiji period (1868-1912). The close-grained hardwood has a rich brown color and a soft dark patina reflecting many years of careful use and care. The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges. A lotus seed pod, on a stem that curls around the left edge, sits on the lower left corner of the tray. A smaller curled lotus leaf, with a stem...