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 : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #457205 (stock #11C-040)
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$375.00
This expressive freestyle Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is woven from both thin and thick split bamboo strips and likely dates to the early 20th century. An unidentified three-character signature is carved into one of the bamboo strips on the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #350832 (stock #2B-705)
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$345.00
This fine Japanese porcelain sake cup rinsing or washing bowl (“haisen”) is decorated in a subdued Imari palette with a design of “neijiri mon” (pinwheel swirls pattern) surrounding a gold kotobuki symbol in the center. Meiji period (1869-1912). This bowl is made of a fine and heavy hard-paste porcelain...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #278024 (stock #2C-382A25)
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$475.00
This stunning Japanese polychrome Imari porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in unusual bell shape is decorated with two bell shaped panels depicting ho-ho birds (phoenix) and paulownia leaves in vibrant polychrome enamels and underglaze blue on a pure white ground. Mid to late 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #60069 (stock #2C-229)
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$150.00
This unusual candle-shaped sake bottle or “rosoku-tokkuri,” which is covered with a deep dark brown glaze, is an example of Tachikui/Tamba ware. Meiji/Taisho period. Unglazed calligraphic symbols, drawn with a wax resist, surround the square-shouldered body of the bottle. The village of Tachikui, located in an isolated mountain region of northern Hyogo Prefecture, is the last pottery village in Tamba. The dominant color of the Tachikui wares is a rich deep brown...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #828082 (stock #2-850)
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$595.00
This heavily potted Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with an underglaze blue design of an open fan depicting Mount Fuji rising into the clouds above a village landscape scene. It was made in the Edo period, dating to early 1800’s. Behind the fan, the dish is painted with a “cracked ice” motif (“hyochikumon”) background decoration. The painting on the front is bold and freely executed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #888851 (stock #2-855A34)
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$950.00
This striking large Japanese Imari “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with an underglaze blue design of “Omi-Hakkei” (Eight Views of Omi) within overlapping medallions set against a background of layered waves. Meiji period (1868-1912). There are eight medallions in round, square and fan shapes, each containing a different scenic view...
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 #1224717 (stock #2-874)
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$295.00
This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain with a celadon border is known as “Seiji Imari.” It dates to the Edo period, late 18th/early 19th century. The heavily potted dish has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon on both the front and back sides. The lip is gilded...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #782261 (stock #9-082A6)
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$125.00
This hand-cut antique stencil paper known as “katagami” was used for traditional Japanese rice paste-resist dyeing for kimono and other textiles. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. With two medallions comprised of open-winged butterflies on fine web mesh background, this intricately carved stencil was cut by a master artisan out of a mulberry paper base and treated with persimmon extract...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #52575 (stock #2A-205)
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$195.00
This high-standing ceramic shop hibachi (“mise-hibachi”) features a ribbed concentric ring design with a deep brown glaze streaked with mottled ochre and blue flambe glazes on all sides. Likely Seto ware, Taisho period. Just below the lip is a subtle Chinese key design, which can be seen at certain angles but did not appear in our photographs. There is a thick ceramic divider in the middle to hold the hot coals...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #501150 (stock #2A-773A45)
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$1,195.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #386181 (stock #2B-719)
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$280.00
This attractive Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) bowl with scalloped rim and six panels surrounding a central medallion likely dates to the late 18th/early 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #440181 (stock #11E-133A17)
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SOLD
This diminutive hardwood display stand with silver mounts has been decorated overall with gold makie lacquer landscape decoration. Meiji period (1868-1912). The stand, which is made entirely of keyaki wood, has developed a rich mellow patina resulting from time. Keyaki, the most expensive of Japanese hardwoods, has a beautiful dense grain and is sturdy and long-lasting, requiring little maintenance. The lovely gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and takamakie (raised lacquer) decoration on the front d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #704610 (stock #4-020)
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$895.00
This wonderful Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese Boys’ Day doll (“musha ningyo”) represents the Emperor Ojin. He is seated on a black wooden camp stool which sits on fur skin rug. He has glass eyes and a serene, enigmatic expression on his flesh-colored gofun (crushed oyster shell) face. An incredible level of attention to detail was paid to the textiles and warrior accessories on this ningyo. He is regally outfitted in a luxurious brocade kimono under his chased metal armor, and he wears ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #110240 (stock #6-317A24)
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$425.00
Beautifully crafted cast brass or light bronze coffee pot with high relief decoration of a crane amid rough sea waves and two rabbits staring up at a crescent moon. An unidentified signature is impressed on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The handle is stylized, and there is a hinged cap on the top of the spout and a removable cover with finial. The crane, a symbol of long life and venerable old age, flies above the rough seas beneath a stylized cloud. Such extensive and freely executed repr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #416403 (stock #2-737A25)
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$295.00
Lovely little Japanese porcelain ovoid from vase decorated in underglaze gray enamels and overglaze iron-red enamel and gilt with a dragon emerging from swirling storm clouds. Meiji period (1868-1912). The base is marked with the mountain trademark of the Fukagawa Porcelain Manufacturing Company painted in underglaze blue. Accents of gilt encircle the foot and the neck and highlight the two simulated ring handles on either side of the vase.

Fukagawa porcelain is generally noted for its fine ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #520518 (stock #2B-794)
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$285.00
The exterior of this handsome Japanese Arita porcelain bowl is wonderfully decorated with allover randomly arranged roundels hand painted in underglaze blue and soft overglaze enamels on a clear white ground. Ca. 1850-1875. This bowl is unusual inasmuch as it was decorated in classic heirloom shonsui style but was done so with vivid polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue designs. The base bears an apocryphal four character reign mark of the Chinese Ming dynas...
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...