Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 #55004 (stock #2-462)
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$125.00
Elegant Koransha white porcelain footed dish with dramatic design of large underglaze blue leaves, small overglaze turquoise leaves and overglaze red enamel berries outlined in gold. Meiji/Taisho period. Two blue rings encircle the high foot, beneath which is found the Koransha mark of the scented orchid painted in underglaze blue...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #78835 (stock #2A-483)
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$495.00
Richly glazed studio pottery bottle vase in tear drop form with “Wakazan” seal mark on a brown base, ca.1900. A thick olive green and brown glaze covers the heavily potted stoneware body. Shades of blue and gold flambe are randomly scattered over the body, with a gold glaze drip around the neck beneath the lip. The interior of the mouth radiates with lustrous and brilliant shades of blue and gold glaze in flambe drips...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #891238 (stock #2-856)
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$350.00
This lovely pair of Japanese studio porcelain plates has an ethereal scene of Mount Fuji in the clouds. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1910. The front is of each dish is signed and sealed by the artist, “Sekisai.” On the reverse there is a four-character signature in underglaze blue that reads “Senpoen sei” (made by Senpoen), a porcelain manufacturer in Gifu City...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #694438 (stock #2D-109A19)
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$395.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual ceramic sake set in classic Chinese fa-hua style is of Japanese origin and dates to the late Meiji period, ca. 1880-1912. The two sake flasks (“tokkuri”) are signed on the bottom in underglaze blue with the six character mark which reads “Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo” (Eiraku made)...
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...
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 #534628 (stock #6B-410A13)
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$295.00
Japanese bronze water dropper (“suiteki”) in gourd form with handle and spout. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned. The top surface is decorated with low relief casting of gourd leaves and vines, on which a slight copper colored sheen has developed. The diminutive bronze handle has been cast in “mokko” form.

A suiteki was an essential element of the scholar’s desk. It was used by calligraphers and painters to wet an inkstone with measured drops of water...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770A41)
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$370.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim. The back side is beautifully crackled buff-colored pottery beneath a clear gla...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #79361 (stock #16-011)
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$120.00
The Japanese “sumi-tsubo” was used by carpenters to mark long, straight, precise cut-lines on the surface of timber. This mid-19th century Edo period sumi-tsubo (“ink pot”) was hand-crafted from durable and finely grained keyaki wood. The partially visible wheel held a line of twisted thread which was fed off the spool into a rectangular well and out through a hole where it would be attached to a stickpin. India ink was kept soaked into a wad of cotton in the well. Running the line throu...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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$2,850.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #51853 (stock #2-381)
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$130.00
Lovely Japanese porcelain bowl, likely Seto ware, which may also be a scaled-down hibachi or handwarmer known as “te-aburi.” Meiji period. The clear underglaze cobalt blue decoration is beautifully hand-painted in great detail with freely drawn designs of peonies and weeping willows. A double underglaze blue ring encircles the foot. Seto porcelain glazes are more glassy than those of Imari, and the paste is somewhat coarser. In 1807 Kato Tamikichi, who had spent years studying the various k...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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$350.00
This diminutive hand-carved Japanese statue of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to Meiji/Taisho period (1890-1920). This is a classic example of the distinctive style of stone Jizo which originated from Sadogashima, an island in the Japan Sea off the coast of Niigata Prefecture long famous for its production of small-scale stone sculptures of Jizo. Carved from the unique Sado Island granite in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, this Jizo stands with hands clasped and holding...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #335690 (stock #11-305)
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$395.00
This wonderful Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” made of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle and was hand carved out of a single tree stump. Meiji period (1869-1912). The two round cutout carvings on the inside of the basket indicate that it might have served as a tabako-bon smoking tray. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement. The inherent natural honey-colored hue of the wood enhances the rich grain ...
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 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. One of the traditional methods of Japanese textile dyeing was done with these paper stencils which...