Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : 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 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #50082 (stock #2-555A38)
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$250.00
Japanese Arita porcelain dishes with underglaze blue landscape scenes on a white molded floral ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). In the center of each dish is a double lined blue circle which contains a scene with a temple or shrine in a mountainous landscape. Birds fly overhead. The undecorated surface of the inside of each dish is molded to represent flowers and stylized clouds. On the reverse are blue rings both inside and outside the foot and three bats surrounding the outside of the dish...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #513578 (stock #2-766A28)
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$595.00
This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The underside rim with three formal sprays of extended peony and the high foot rim with serrated blue comb are characteristic of Nabeshima ware...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #677764 (stock #6-429)
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$995.00
This rare elegant pair of Japanese chrysanthemum-base candlestands (“kikuza-shokudai”) were hand crafted of solid bronze and date to the Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The tall upright shaft rests on a heavy eighteen-petal chrysanthemum base and culminates in a chrysanthemum-shaped candle dish with an upright pricket on which to position the candle within a circular support...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #607239 (stock #6-338A27)
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$295.00
This wonderful brass Japanese match-safe in unusual form was made in repousse with designs of birds beneath a full moon and clouds. Meiji/Taisho period. Both sides feature a kestral or falcon (“taka”) sitting on the thick branch of a tree with leaves and berries, possibly a grapevine. Above the kestral hangs a huge full moon emerging from small, whispy clouds. Two smaller birds appear in flight near the moon...
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...
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 : 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...
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. Each divided panel is decorated in brilliant underglaze cobalt blue with alternating landscape designs surrounding a central roundel containing three fruit. The reverse is decorated with a continuous underglaze cobalt blue karakusa scroll design, and four blue rings encircle the unglazed foot. There is an unde...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #911519 (stock #4A-090A38)
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$875.00
This delightful Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), wearing a high hat and holding a rattle with bells, appears to be resting after doing the Sambaso dance. Meiji period (1868-1912). This doll was crafted by Maruhei, a long-established doll shop in Kyoto founded in 1779 and renown for the masterly performance of its craftsmen. As with all Maruhei dolls, this gosho ningyo is of the very highest quality. Rich in detail, it was well modeled in an artfully executed pose. The one-piece body is...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$695.00
These matched Japanese black and red lacquered sake containers in sleeve cask form (“sodedaru”) are decorated with the family crest (mon) which depicts a water plantain “(omodaka”) plant. Dating to the early 20th century, both are signed. Red lacquer trims the top, bottom and side edges of the container, and the mon on the front side is finished in silver lacquer. This color contrast is quite pleasing. A brass pouring spout rises from a red and black lacquer carved opening, and the facet...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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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. “Sho” represents the pine tree for ...
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. The interior contains a meticulously hand painted central medallion depicting a landscape scene with pine, plum blossom and bamboo -- the “three fr...
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”) ...