Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1251108 (stock #11-379A40)
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$875
This wonderful lacquered wood shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) was hand carved to advertise a shop that sold medicine and likely dates to the early 20th century, Meiji/Taisho period. The round trade sign was carved in low relief, coated with black lacquer and then gilded with layers of gold makie lacquer (powdered gold mixed with lacquer). There is a small rectangular panel at the top in which a horse has been painted...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #94045 (stock #6-316A6)
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$90
This double-sided page turner, beautifully worked in light bronze, features a handle crafted in high relief depicting rats on a bamboo shoot. Early 20th century. The scimitar-form blade is engraved on both sides with leaves and “Buddha’s hand” fruit, an aromatic but inedible citron that is said in its irregular shape to resemble the hand of Buddha. There is an engraved insect on one side and a bird on the other...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1251854 (stock #11-378)
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$750
The cover of this densely-grained antique Japanese paulownia (kiri) wood writing box (suzuribako) is decorated in low relief with black, gold and silver makie lacquer in a design of rabbits and grasses. Meiji period (1868-1912). One of the rabbits is delineated in gold lacquer; the other one is done in black and silver lacquer with gold highlights. Each has a tiny red lacquer eye. They both sit beneath waving autumnal grasses hand painted in dark brown lacquer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #457205 (stock #11C-040)
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$575
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 : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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$375
The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #297052 (stock #6-182A6)
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$295
This portable charm box, in the shape of a shrine which holds the image of a deity or Buddhist amulet, is made of copper and decorated with beautiful repoussé work. Tibet, 19th century. The front of the ornamental box is decorated with the eight auspicious symbols identified in the Buddhist faith and the monster mask of Kirtimukha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #60069 (stock #2C-229)
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$150
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 1920 item #888851 (stock #2-855A34)
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$950
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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #59017 (stock #12-029A26)
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$180
This handsome indigo cotton “furoshiki” (carrying cloth) with three vertical panel construction features a flying crane descending upon the branch of a large gnarled pine tree. Meiji/Taisho period. There is an oval red seal with white characters beneath the crane’s wing. The design technique employed is hand-drawn, starch-resist dyeing (“tsutsugaki)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #635244 (stock #12-170A6)
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$575
This striking Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and boldly decorated with the gracefully tied “noshi” design using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #1122300 (stock #11-302A18)
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$495
This sinuous Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” hand carved of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle jogging diagonally across the top. Meiji period, late 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1147780 (stock #2-577)
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$395
This heavy Japanese porcelain bottle was made at the Arita kilns for export to the Dutch market as a container for soy sauce. Edo period, 18th/19th century. It has straight sides beneath a sloping shoulder which tapers to a slender neck with a double lip. The recessed base is glazed. The front is stenciled with the word “Japanschzoya” (Dutch for Japanese soy) and marked “CPD” in underglaze blue. The reverse has a circular blue stamp with “CPD” surrounded by the words “Comprador Dec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #416403 (stock #2-737A25)
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$295
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 : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #886772 (stock #4-279A5)
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$195
Large Japanese wooden Kobe toy or “ningyo” (doll) in the form of a man wearing an oversized top hat. Early 20th century. The top of his hat unscrews to reveal a red compartment which holds two small dice. His bone eyes protrude when the figure is moved, and his open mouth reveals a red tongue. His two wood arms are outstretched, and he holds a cane in his right hand and a bone wand in his left hand. The wood has been lacquered black to replicate ebony.

Kobe toys take their name from the...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #268658 (stock #2-666A41)
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$250
This boldly decorated 19th century Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger in square form (“kaku-zara”) is hand painted with a deep cobalt blue landscape scene surrounded by a diapered design and a floral border around the rim. The single blue mark on the foot dates it to the early to mid-19th century. The reverse is hand painted with stylized decorations in cobalt blue surrounding the high unglazed foot rim, which is encircled by four underglaze blue lines. There is a si...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1151267 (stock #2-872)
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This rare and important Japanese sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted in rich underglaze blue with circular roundels depicting the fifty-three stations of the famed Tokaido Road. Edo period, ca. 1800-1840. There are a total of 55 circular windows precisely placed on the shallow interior of this large plate, representing the 53 stations along the ancient Tokaido Road which linked the shogunate capital of Edo (Tokyo) with the imperial capital in Kyoto, plus the start ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #149697 (stock #2C-295)
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$520
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230
This unusual studio porcelain bowl is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels with designs of morning glories. Early 20th century. There is a three character underglaze blue signature, set off to the left side on the base, which we have not been able to identify. The interior is hand painted with morning glory blossoms in shades of white, blue and peach. Leaves are drawn in green and blue. The flowers are decorated with gold highlights, and the lip is fully gilded. The outsid...