Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #324145 (stock #2B-696)
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$875.00
This wonderful large and heavy Japanese Arita “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves on a pure white ground filled with blue butterflies and floral decorations. Mid-19th century. The largest reserve, in rectangular shape, contains an extensive landscape scene with house, mountains and a lake. Below it is a lozenge-shaped reserve decorated with four horses...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793A44)
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$300.00
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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #59017 (stock #12-029A26)
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$180.00
This handsome indigo cotton “furoshiki” (carrying cloth) with three vertical panel construction features a flying crane descending upon the branch of a large gnarled pine tree. Meiji/Taisho period. There is an oval red seal with white characters beneath the crane’s wing. The design technique employed is hand-drawn, starch-resist dyeing (“tsutsugaki)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #506967 (stock #2-7912A21)
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$495.00
This lovely set of five Japanese studio porcelain dishes have scalloped rims and are hand painted with underglaze blue flowers, tiny red berries and gilt highlights on a pure bright white ground. Ca. 1900. The single underglaze blue Genroku mark in the center of the base denotes that these dishes were made in the studio of Tominaga Genroku. The reverse is decorated with two elaborate tasseled cash motifs (“takarazukushi”) painted in underglaze blue above the high foot rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #161754 (stock #11E-036)
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$195.00
Lovely Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) decorated with bright silver and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground highlighted with gold lacquer details. Early 20th century. Roiro is a technique using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. It is only used on the highest quality lacquer items. To Japanese women, hair ornaments were much more than mere accessories to feminine hair-do and attire...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #673813 (stock #9-103A37)
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$375.00
This Japanese sculpture depicts the seated Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint) and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Carved from solid stone (either granite or natural volcanic rock) in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, he sits in a lotus position with hands clasped in earnest prayer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #680584 (stock #6B-307A20)
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$195.00
This fine pair of early 20th century Japanese silver napkin rings, which are contained in their original box, are incised with figures of Okame and Daruma and ornamented with gold and shakudo inlays using the numone-zogan technique. Numone-zogan is sometimes classified as an overlay or an onlay technique as opposed to an inlay one inasmuch as there are no grooves cut for the inlaid metals...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #501150 (stock #2A-773A45)
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SOLD
These two beautifully modeled Japanese stoneware hares have special slots cut from their back sides for the sole purpose of holding each end of a Japanese folding screen (“byobu”) to keep it weighted on the floor. Meiji period, ca. 1880. A two character signature mark “Koshun” is impressed into each of the unglazed bases. Both rabbits are finished in a rich creamy off white glaze with very fine overall crackling, and there is a firing hole in the slot...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #149870 (stock #SB-18)
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$275.00
This simple four case black lacquer inro has a leathery sharkskin-like texture which is decorated with etched designs of scrolling vines (karakusa). Meiji period (1868-1912). Plain black lacquer interior. The ojime consists of a simple mottled turquoise glass bead. Inro are small Japanese containers made in several sections which are fitted on top of each other so perfectly that the joints are hardly noticeable. They required great skill to craft...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #972656 (stock #2-821)
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$195.00
Three circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plates with a fluted brown rim has been decorated in Kraak style and dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. The back is marked with a distinctive underglaze blue two character archaic style mark which appeared on Arita porcelains ca...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #80007 (stock #2C-297)
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$225.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) has an overall transfer printed decoration in the “mijin karakusa” pattern. Meiji period. The mijin karakusa pattern is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, this one in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little curls. (For a similar bottle, see “Japanese Porcelain: 1800-1950” by Nancy Schiffer, page 58.)This is one of the many vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue and white Arita...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #399353 (stock #11C-039)
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$220.00
This lovely spherical Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is finely woven from thin split bamboo strips and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1890. The warm burnished brown ovoid body is crafted primarily in the rhythmic “tomokumimono” technique, using even-sized widths of bamboo to create a textural refinement that has balance and elegance. Irregular “midare” plaiting produces a powerful and expressionistic character. Midare, which utilizes bamboo strips freely plaited...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #258152 (stock #6-350A18)
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$495.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a spherical base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a trumpet mouth, and its front side is decorated with a high relief crab on lotus leaves. The engraved three character signature on the base reads “made by MASANOBU.” Ca. 1885. Masanobu was a member of the Myochin family, master metalsmiths from the 16th century and noted in the late 19th century for the production of metal animal life. The lotus leaves and the ripples in the water ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #401837 (stock #6-386A23)
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$395.00
Delightful little Japanese bronze scroll weight cast and modeled in wonderful detail to depict a seated female karako holding a large lotus leaf. Meiji period, late 19th century. This diminutive work of art has a beautiful rich patina that comes with age and only after years of handling. The term “karako” refers generically to small Chinese children as they are portrayed in Japanese art. These children, depicted without reference to a specific sex but usually appearing to be boys, have bare ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #657281 (stock #2-752A8)
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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). The rich hand painted iron red overglaze background of the outer rim has contrasting white scrolling vine design and contains four fan shaped medallions with floral and landscape designs in the classic Imari palet...
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. Face and the hands are beautifully modeled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #704251 (stock #12-156A35)
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$850.00
This handsome 19th century Japanese futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) is made of four panels of 100% home spun cotton sewn together lengthwise and then decorated with a resist dyed design of a large pine tree. Meiji period (1868-1912). Rice paste was used as the resist and indigo was used for the two colors of blue -- very dark and a lighter shade of blue. The boughs of the large pine are subtly intertwined with bamboo leaves and plum blossoms, creating the auspicious “sho-chiku-b...