Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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$330.00
This lovely Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a scalloped or “rinka” rim is decorated with a central medallion surrounded by a paneled border, and it dates to the Edo period (late 18th century). The interior edge of the dish is hand painted with an unusual honeycomb-like design which alternates with leafy sections. These panels surround a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band...
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 : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #59017 (stock #12-029A26)
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$180.00
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #151525 (stock #SB-19)
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$2,200.00
This exquisite diminutive inro is decorated on both sides with shimmering iridescent aogai (“blue-green shell”) inlay depicting peony blossoms and leaves interspersed with small pieces of gold foil inlay (kirigane) on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned; black lacquer interior. Roiro is a technique using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. It is only used on the highest quality inro...
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 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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #149870 (stock #SB-18)
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$275.00
This simple four case black lacquer inro has a leathery sharkskin-like texture which is decorated with etched designs of scrolling vines (karakusa). Meiji period (1868-1912). Plain black lacquer interior. The ojime consists of a simple mottled turquoise glass bead. Inro are small Japanese containers made in several sections which are fitted on top of each other so perfectly that the joints are hardly noticeable. They required great skill to craft...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #805923 (stock #2-572)
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$995.00
This deep oversized Japanese Imari blue and white porcelain charger (“sometsuke ozara”) is decorated with a hand painted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Edo period, early 19th century. The classic meijin karakusa design, 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 : 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 : 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. Functional folk-craft products or “mingei” are endowed with a beauty ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #291382 (stock #6B-349)
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$1,250.00
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. Mid to late 19th century. Just above the shoulder and on either side of the neck, which is deeply engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail. This type of bulbous bronze flower vase was used by the Ikenobo school, which is the oldest school...
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 : 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. Japanese metalwork was a sophisticated and complex cr...
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. Both the interior and exterior are hand painted in beautiful swirling brocaded and diapered panels in overglaze iron red, green, yellow, aubergine and gilt enamels, some of which are tex...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429A42)
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This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin. It is often difficult to identify the specific place of manufacture of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #886772 (stock #4-279A5)
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$195.00
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.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #911519 (stock #4A-090A38)
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$675.00
This delightful Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), wearing a high hat and holding a rattle with bells, appears to be resting after doing the Sambaso dance. Meiji period (1868-1912). This doll was crafted by Maruhei, a long-established doll shop in Kyoto founded in 1779 and renown for the masterly performance of its craftsmen. As with all Maruhei dolls, this gosho ningyo is of the very highest quality. Rich in detail, it was well modeled in an artfully executed pose. The one-piece body is...