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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #285236 (stock #2C-377A38)
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SOLD
This classic “kasa-dokkuri,” or “umbrella sake bottle,” with its rich brown fluted ceramic body, is a wonderful example of mingei Tamba ware. Meiji period, late 19th century. An indistinguishable potter’s mark is incised on the base. The unglazed body has no applied glaze, but there is a section on one side and on the mouth where naturally-occurring ash glaze was deposited in the kiln...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #280226 (stock #2-673A34)
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$295.00
This fine quality Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish in Nabeshima style is beautifully decorated in various shades of underglaze blue with three sailing ships on a rolling sea against a soft pale blue ground. Meiji period, ca. 1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls and the classic Nabeshima style underglaze blue comb-tooth pattern on the high foot (“kushikodai”)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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This unique large bronze personal hibachi or hand-warmer in the form of Daruma, the patron saint of Zen Buddhism, dates to the 18th century, possibly circa 1700 or earlier. The base is inscribed “Fujiwara saku” in katakibibori, the uneven engraving imitating brush strokes. The interior of the base also contains a relief cast family crest, the “hanabishi” (China flower) design of the “Takeda no Shingen mon,” which indicates that this piece may likely even be of 17th century production...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #41234 (stock #2C-275)
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$495.00
Large Japanese Bizen ware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in pinched form with indentations on three sides which are impressed with low-relief figures of three of the Seven Gods of Good Luck (“Shichi Fukujin”). Natural yellowish ash glaze spots are deposited on the shoulder and figures. The bottle is wheel thrown, and there is an impressed potters mark on the foot. The three modeled figures are the gods Hotai, Fukurokuju and Benten. Early 20th century...
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. 1790 to 1810. (See “Shibata Collection, Part IV, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum” page 274.) The design follows a classic Kraak pattern of the early seventeenth century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #40475 (stock #2-433)
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$280.00
Meiji period Kaga-style porcelain footed sake cup rinsing bowl (“haisen’) of exceptional quality. On the base are two black brush written characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is highly decorated in polychrome and gilt enamels in a brocade pattern. The soft white interior of the bowl shades to blue and reveals a graceful gilded swimming koi in its center...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #635244 (stock #12-170A6)
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$575.00
This striking Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and boldly decorated with the gracefully tied “noshi” design using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #810014 (stock #12-166)
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$1,350.00
This large dramatic Japanese folk textile futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) is made from 100% home spun cotton sewn together lengthwise and then decorated with rice paste resist dye designs in shades of white and light blue on a dark blue indigo ground. Meiji period, late 19th century. The bold designs has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with several auspicious symbols of longevity: the crane, tortoise and shochikubai...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826A48)
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$330.00
This lovely Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a scalloped or “rinka” rim is decorated with a central medallion surrounded by a paneled border, and it dates to the Edo period (late 18th century). The interior edge of the dish is hand painted with an unusual honeycomb-like design which alternates with leafy sections. These panels surround a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #42203 (stock #2-552)
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$110.00
This finely potted Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) “yu-samashi” tea bowl dates to the late Meiji period. Such bowls were used for cooling the hot water for tea during the sencha tea ceremony. The characteristic milky white body, which is covered in a pure lustrous glaze, is extremely delicate. A few blossoms and leaves painted in rich underglaze sapphire blue are scattered freely on the inside and outside of the piece...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #167312 (stock #SB-26)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese tortoise shell comb (“kushi”) is painstakingly decorated on both sides with gold takamakie (raised lacquer) on a black lacquer ground. Signed “Gyoku Kou.” Meiji period (1868-1912)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #625516 (stock #12-189A27)
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$850.00
Using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki,” this dramatic Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with origami cranes, pine trees and snow. Meiji period, late 19th century. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”) in melon (“mokko”) form. Surrounding the mon and filling each of the four corners are pine trees in the snow accented with folded paper “origami” cranes. The crane (“tsuru”) ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #125429 (stock #SB-12)
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$245.00
This fine round Japanese gold makie lacquer kogo (incense container) dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The cover is decorated in takamakie (raised lacquer) designs of auspicious treasures, including a flaming jewel (tama), the symbol of Buddhist wisdom, and a treasure sack, usually carried by the gods Daikoku or Hotei. Delicately painted stylized cranes and feathers surround these treasures. Inlaid gold kirigane, a decorative technique employing tiny pieces of gold leaf cut in various shape...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #179155 (stock #2-640)
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$450.00
This large and heavy Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger with foliate rim is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves containing landscape scenes and flowers on a ground of linear designs and geometric patterns. Mid-19th century. Its depth actually makes it a huge shallow bowl. On the reverse are more simply drawn floral scrolls. Underglaze blue lines encircle the foot, which appears to contain three spur marks.

When the history of the role of utensils used in Japan...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #85728 (stock #6-340A33)
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$295.00
Fine three-part bronze usubata with rectangular handles, silver inlay, and a curvilinear trifoot base. Late 19th century. This is a classical container for the ikenobo school of ikebana. The design on the front of the body depicts a silver goose in low relief standing on a river bank under a banana tree. The tree and two leaves are engraved into the bronze body, and a third leaf is inlaid with delicate silver wires. Scattered horizontal silver wires next to the bank suggest water. The curve of t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #137270 (stock #SB-1)
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$95.00
This Japanese ceramic teapot is an unusual example of early (“ko”) Satsuma ware. Ca. 1900. The lid and upper two-thirds of the body are covered with deep brown globules of thick glaze. This is a later form of the earlier “jakatsu-gusuri” glazing, which is also known as sharkskin or dragon scale glaze. The glaze was formulated in such a way that it pulled away from portions of the clay surface into small drops, producing an interesting blistered texture. The lower portion and concave base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #130322 (stock #15-209A16)
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$195.00
Lovely Japanese oval paulownia (kiri) wood guest hibachi with makie lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl decoration. Early 20th century. These wooden holders for a charcoal container and the bamboo cylinder are also called smoker’s hibachi or “tabako-bon.” The front of the thick, densely-grained kiri wood body is decorated with large gold makie lacquer hydrangea blossoms and gold and silvery lacquered leaves, some of which are highlighted with mother-of-pearl inlays. The reverse is simply de...
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. (Kirigane is a technique in which metallic foil is...