Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #313901 (stock #2B-667)
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$280.00
This unusual Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with six thick blue rimmed horseman roundels surrounding a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” boat picture like those on late Ming dynasty Red Cliff bowls. 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...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #523129 (stock #2B-730)
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$750.00
This most unusual Japanese studio ceramic vase, which is covered with an overall ochre glaze and a rich flambé drip on the neck and shoulder, is further decorated with takamakie lacquer designs of flowers and a crab. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unidentified artist; the ochre glazed base is stamped in archaic characters inside a raised unglazed square seal in the biscuit. The decoration is boldly executed in gold and brown takamakie (raised) lacquer, giving the vase a moriage type of appearance...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120.00
This unusual Japanese copper bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in the form of the graceful tied “noshi” decoration with a mythical jewel. Meiji period (1868-1912). The original backplate is copper. The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious events...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #310312 (stock #11E-111A23)
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$360.00
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #521068 (stock #11-249A13)
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$295.00
This diminutive Japanese mask has been carved from finely grained hardwood, likely keyaki, and represents the face of the comic demon Buaku from a Kyogen play. We believe the mask itself dates to the early 20th century or even earlier; the lucite shadowbox frame in which it is mounted on coarse beige fabric is of a later date. The grim-faced visage has a closed mouth with upper teeth exposed and clenched over the lower lip. The mask is slightly broader across the base than across the top...
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 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1004903 (stock #8-058)
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$1,425.00
This elegant example of Japanese Golden Age cloisonne is a hexagonal vase decorated with irises and cranes on a turquoise enamel body that tapers gracefully up to a long slender neck. The brass base is stamped with the mark of Adachi Kinjiro of Nagoya. Meiji period (1868-1912). Lustrous colored opaque enamels fill silver wires to depict two white cranes in a stream surrounded by a profusion of white and purple irises...
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)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #586374 (stock #2B-807)
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$1,295.00
This most impressive deep Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain) charger with scalloped edge is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled arabesque style tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vines). It dates to the first half of the 19th century. The blue scroll pattern surrounds a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. “Sho” represents the pine tree for longevity, “chiku” represents the bamboo for ten...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #920601 (stock #6-456A2)
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$325.00
Each side of this most unusual brass match safe is decorated with relief figures running in a rainy landscape scene inside a cartouche surrounded by a scaly repousse dragon. Meiji period; late 19th/early 20th century. The two figures are hunched forward, running into the driving rain, one with an umbrella and the other holding a straw bundle. The scene is evocative of the sudden shower in Hiroshige’s woodblock print “Kameyama” from the famous “53 Stations of the Tokaido,” which was lik...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2B-658)
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$1,250.00
This classic, thickly potted early Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vine) around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. It dates to the first half of the 19th century. Blue and white sometsuke porcelains with karakusa designs are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese market, and they are highly prized b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1207904 (stock #12-999A36)
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$175.00
This beautiful two-sided kimono sash (“obi”) is woven of the finest silk brocade and decorated with auspicious symbols in shimmering metallic soft pastel shades. Taisho period, early 20th century. The decorative motifs, which cover both sides of this reversible obi, include cranes, chrysanthemums, pines and fans in muted shades of gold, silver, rust red, ochre, aubergine, green, white, tan, gray and black on a beige silk ground.

Over the past few decades, the obi has gained popularity a...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #149697 (stock #2C-295)
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$520.00
Wonderful Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white) porcelain sake bottle or tokkuri in ovoid form with an elongated neck and overall underglaze blue designs of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). Early 20th century. A vertical blue linear design separates the karakusa pattern from the foot, and there are three blue lines encircling the bottom of the bottle. The glazed base is recessed and the high foot rim unglazed. The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #374874 (stock #6-375A25)
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$765.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a slender base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a small trumpet mouth, its front side wonderfully decorated with a virtuoso high relief rendition of an iris plant in flower, the stream in which it grows being represented by a swirl of bronze. Meiji period (1868-1912). The reverse is undecorated, indicating that the vase was intended for display in a tokonoma (alcove) or similar recess. There is a two-character signature mark engraved o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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$210.00
The interior of this large footed brown lacquer bowl (“takatsuki”) is superbly decorated with the plumes of autumn grasses finely hand painted in gold makie lacquer. Meiji/Taisho period. The simple brown lacquer exterior is completely undecorated. Pampas grass (“susuki”) is one of the Seven Grasses of Autumn. In Japanese literary and artistic canons, this sight of pampas grass is almost invariably linked to moonlit settings, and cuttings of the plant are displayed in connection with autu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #77404 (stock #6-315)
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$850.00
Handsome pair of Japanese bronze candlestands ("shokudai") with hemispherical bases, covered wick containers and trimming “scissors” or snuffers. Meiji period. The tall upright bronze hexagonal shaft rests on a footed base with a high cut-out rim, culminating in a smaller lipped tray with a spike on top for positioning the candle. The spike is surrounded by a raised bronze circular rim to give the candle additional stability. Each candlestick has an engraved mark on bottom of the shaft and o...