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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #865605 (stock #6-453A44)
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$175.00
This wonderful set of Japanese kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was relief cast in the form of “karahana” and dates to the early 20th century. The metal has been coated to simulate copper or bronze. The flowers were cast in high relief with an offset punched ground filled with tiny circles, and the details are finely rendered. Both kugikakushi have the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #297052 (stock #6-182A6)
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$295.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #386181 (stock #2B-719)
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$280.00
This attractive Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) bowl with scalloped rim and six panels surrounding a central medallion likely dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. Each divided panel is decorated in brilliant underglaze cobalt blue with alternating landscape designs surrounding a central roundel containing three fruit. The reverse is decorated with a continuous underglaze cobalt blue karakusa scroll design, and four blue rings encircle the unglazed foot...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1910 item #1283398 (stock #4-034)
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$495.00
Rare hand-operated Japanese wooden Kobe toy or “ningyo” (doll) representing a man pouring and drinking sake. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1910. When the knob is manually turned, mechanisms within the box set his head, mouth and arms in motion in perfect coordination. Upon turning the knob back and forth, the left handed doll pours sake from a flask into a sake cup...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #888851 (stock #2-855A34)
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$950.00
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 : 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 : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #190438 (stock #SB-29)
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$650.00
This rectangular earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been boldly decorated with blossoming plum branches on a cobalt blue and buff crackle-glazed ground. Edo period, early 19th century. The unglazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are also glazed in similar colors, have an iron oxide brown lip rim. The iron brown and cobalt blue enamels are freely painted beneath a glossy transparent glaze...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #785665 (stock #2-835)
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$195.00
This elegant Japanese studio porcelain dish is hand painted with a relief design of Mt. Fuji in soft and subtle hues. Ca.1900-1910. 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 : 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 #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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #66475 (stock #2-561A48)
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$160.00
The striking design on this early 20th century Japanese porcelain bowl incorporates muted and vivid, misty and sharp tones of underglaze blue “fukizumi” enamel on a white background. Likely Seto ware; there is an unidentified underglaze blue signature on the foot. The unique and dramatic effect was accomplished through the use of a stencil and cobalt pigment sprayed through a tube to create the outline of white cherry blossoms which seem to float on a soft blue background around the sides of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #156221 (stock #2C-326)
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$95.00
Japanese Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form in classic floral design. Early 20th century. The front of this white glazed bottle is decorated in underglaze blue with a freely-drawn design of a peony blossom and leaves, and a blue circle containing kanji characters next to a butterfly decorates the back. The base is recessed, and the foot rim is unglazed. This is an example of Arita ware which was made for domestic use and not for export. Arita is a town on the island of K...
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. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #94045 (stock #6-316A6)
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$90.00
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. The handle, which is the same on both sides, has been formed into a bamboo sho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #657655 (stock #9-102A40)
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This diminutive hand-carved Edo period Japanese sculpture of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to the mid-19th century. This is a fine 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 : 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. The interior is hand painted in bri...