Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #519992 (stock #2B-789A17)
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$295.00
This finely potted Japanese porcelain vase with a bulbous onion gourd style neck was finished with a sharkskin texture and hand painted with a sparrow in flight above blooming flowers. Meiji period (1868-1912). The white porcelain base bears the distinctive matte black patent marks of Imura which can be dated to between 1890 and 1910. The ringed neck has a fluted lip which is edged in gilt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #776792 (stock #2-834A37)
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$325.00
This delightful Kutani enameled porcelain figure of a small boy dressed in fancy brocades was beautifully modeled and hand painted in a bold and bright color palette that is more typical of Imari wares. Meiji period (1868-1912). The boy, probably representing an actor or a dancer, stands with feet apart and his left arm raised above his head. His richly brocaded kimono is vividly painted in iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and aubergine overglaze enamels with gilt highlights...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1183321 (stock #4A-194A35)
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$675.00
An unusual Japanese gosho ningyo doll dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Sublime pose as this chubby little figure holds twig branches in his right hand, and a turtle is suspended from his left. Breathtaking attention to detail throughout including chirimen silk costume and ribbon pattern (“mizuhiki”) on top of head. The doll has teeth, which is rare, and a feature found on only the highest quality dolls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #617613 (stock #12-162)
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$795.00
This unusual Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with colorful Japanese fans (“ogi”) using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Five pairs of open fans and two closed fans boldly decorate the cover. Each open fan has a different auspicious design beautifully drawn and dyed within, their muted shades of pink, gray and lighter blues contrasting nicely with the dark rich indigo blue background...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #688277 (stock #2A-798)
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$995.00
This absolutely charming Japanese portable ceramic brazier or handwarmer, called a “te-aburi” or “shuro,” was whimsically modeled in the shape of a crouching rabbit. Meiji period (1868-1912). The heavily potted creature is covered with a coat of white feldspathic shino glaze which is nicely crackled and textured. A signature or kiln mark is incised on the glazed base, and the te-aburi comes with its original wooden storage box (“tomobako”)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #551671 (stock #2B-800)
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$330.00
This classic early Japanese blue and white ko Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Late 18th /early 19th century. The meijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
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 : 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 : 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #360824 (stock #2B-711)
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$395.00
This large elegant Japanese blue and white porcelain foliate rimmed bowl is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue floral design on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and imperial flowers: the paulownia and kiku-mon chrysanthemum...
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...
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. (Kirigane is a technique in which metallic foil is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #635244 (stock #12-170A6)
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$575.00
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. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious eve...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #989195 (stock #9A-043A37)
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$295.00
Transparent Chinese glass brush washer in globular form decorated with clear red glass overlay carved in relief to reveal the eight trigrams of the I Ching and the symbol for yin and yang. We believe it dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, Qing dynasty to early Republic. The red overlay glass on the base is encircled by lappets, and the same red lappet design surrounds the mouth. The sides are overlaid with red carved relief roundels, two of which represent the yin and yang symbol and two ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #196244 (stock #SB-30)
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$650.00
This square earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been freely decorated with an iron brown enamel tree branch and green enamel bamboo leaves on a buff crackle-glazed ground beneath a glossy transparent glaze. Edo period, early 19th century. The transparent glazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are glazed in a cobalt blue design on the exterior, have an iron oxide brown lip rim and foot rim. This square form dish is called a “kakuzara”. Og...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #680059 (stock #2C-403)
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$165.00
This diminutive 19th century folk ceramic flask or vase is made of light buff colored clay, and the exterior is covered by a clear creamy glaze with fine crackles. It appears to be Oribe stoneware. There are sparse iron oxide decorations of what look like pine needles freely painted on the front side, which are highlighted with green glaze. The neck is covered with a light blue/green copper glaze, and there is tan mottling with white hagi glaze on the body. This piece was likely used for the tea...