Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #416965 (stock #6B-385)
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$645.00
This elegant Japanese cast flower bronze has a slender base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a small trumpet mouth, and there is an archaic seal character signature engraved on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The curve of the quatrefoil-lobed body is nicely complimented by the linear shape of the rectangular handles. Casting and finishing are extremely well done on this heavy piece, which has a wonderful original patina...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #418080 (stock #8-072A20)
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$295.00
This lovely Japanese cloisonné charger with a brass rim and foot is decorated with a white heron standing on one leg in the water amid green lotus leaves with pink and white blossoms. Meiji period (1868-1912). Opaque enamels are enclosed in brass wires to create the large central medallion with a turquoise ground which is surrounded by a thick karakusa scrolling vine pattern border in red, blue and green enamels on a white enamel ground...
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). The fine repeating design of rolling gold waves is juxtaposed against two floral medallions on this simple yet elegant comb. There is even an iridescent sprinkling of inlaid agaoi (abalone shell) representing dew drops on the leaves of the flowers...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #397360 (stock #6-382A26)
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$675.00
This elegant and distinctly Japanese bronze flower vessel was cast in futabana style with a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Late Edo period, mid-19th century. Just above the shoulder on either side of the neck are two applied Chinese style dragon head handles cast in bronze in wonderful detail. The body is engraved all over with flowers and scrolling vine designs...
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...
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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #731428 (stock #12-185A20)
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$995.00
This beautiful hand-knotted cotton pile Japanese carpet (“dantsu”) with its stunning and bold design originated from Ako in Hyogo Prefecture, an area famous for its carpet production during the Meiji and Taisho periods. Ca. 1910-1925. This particular carpet was created in classic Ako dantsu design with the pattern of “kani-botan” (the name of a family crest formed of crab-shaped peonies) with a double key fret border...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #430509 (stock #2B-734)
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$245.00
This unusual and attractive Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with nine overlapping roundel medallions in the popular “shochikubai” motif surrounding a central medallion with a gold phoenix (“ho-o” bird). Meiji period (1868-1912). Six roundels -- including the three large medallions with pine, plum and bamboo -- are decorated in underglaze blue. They are offset with three smaller roundels painted in overglaze iron red enamel and gilt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #156787 (stock #2-616A42)
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$250.00
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). An underglaze blue triangular shaped border encircles the foot, which bears the six...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1900 item #154704 (stock #4-002)
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$395.00
This wonderful pair of Japanese Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina Matsuri”) Emperor and Empress dolls are seated on brocade-edged tatami display stands and date to the mid to late 19th century. The emperor is clad in purple silk brocade with a long sword tucked into his waist. The empress is dressed in elaborate multi-layered robes of colorful red silk. Her lapels are embroidered with gold wrapped threads in a scrolling design, and her long sleeves are more intricately embroidered in a floral mot...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #717391 (stock #12-165)
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$1,250.00
This most unusual Japanese futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) was made from a kimono-shaped sleeping quilt called a “yogi.” Based upon the heavy, home-spun 100% cotton and the excellent quality of the tsutsugaki drawing, we can date it to the late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-19th century). Also, futon covers made from yogi tend to be older ones. This cover has four and a half strips of indigo cotton sewn together lengthwise, another characteristic of yogi construction. It is dec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #770456 (stock #6-435)
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$220.00
These Japanese bronze "kugikakushi" (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) were relief cast in the form of stylized dragons coiled to form the shape of stylized clouds. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The dragons were cast in high relief against a punched ground with tiny circles. Both kugikakushi have backplates and the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts. Fancy kugikakushi such as these were usually decorated with various good luck and auspicious motifs. In Japan the dragon...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #270233 (stock #2B-662)
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$495.00
This marvelous Japanese Imari porcelain plate is quite unique inasmuch as it was decorated in classic shonsui style but was done so with brilliant polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue design. 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.) A heavily brocaded gilt and iron red background w...
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 : 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 : 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...