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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1292998 (stock #2C-134)
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This distinctive heavily potted turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with incised calligraphy decoration was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-late 19th century. The kanji characters for sake have been carved into the ash-speckled brown glazed body. The thick foot rim is 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1282719 (stock #2C-201)
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$195.00
This unusual Japanese Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in typical bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. It dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The clear glazed ovoid body is decorated all around with the kotobuki symbols, in both kanji and archaic script, painted in overglaze iron red, turquoise and gold enamels. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1251854 (stock #11-378)
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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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1251108 (stock #11-379A40)
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$675.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1224717 (stock #2-874)
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This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain with a celadon border is known as “Seiji Imari.” It dates to the Edo period, late 18th/early 19th century. The heavily potted dish has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon on both the front and back sides. The lip is gilded...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1187787 (stock #9-119A39)
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$270.00
This unusual cluster of Japanese hand bells, called “suzu” bells, was actually once used by an actor portraying a Sambaso dancer. Late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-1800’s). There is a wooden handle, an engraved brass hand plate and fittings, and thirteen brass bells on three rungs -- two bells on the top rung, four in the middle and seven on the bottom.

Sambaso is an auspicious ritual dance of ancient origin which was intended to appease the gods and bring good fortune...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1185872 (stock #2C-381)
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$485.00
This striking Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue and dates to the Meiji period, 19th century. The ovoid body is freely decorated with landscape scenes between a neck covered with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets surrounding the base...
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 : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1173142 (stock #11A-026)
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$1,200.00
This strikingly handsome Edo (Tokyo) style “naga hibachi” (long firebox) is made from wonderfully grained burled keyaki (zelkova) wood...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1147780 (stock #2-577)
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$395.00
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 #1143638 (stock #2-86263A42)
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These two lovely Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dishes are elegantly decorated in various shades of underglaze blue, each with a large white lotus blossom molded in low relief. Meiji period (1868-1912). The reverse bears a three-character underglaze blue mark which reads “Hirado Yaki” or Hirado ware. (This mark can be found on page 149 of “Hirado: Prince of Porcelains” by Louis Lawrence.) Each dish has the characteristic fine-grained milky white porcelain body which...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770A41)
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$370.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim. The back side is beautifully crackled buff-colored pottery beneath a clear gla...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1128846 (stock #11-369A24)
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$495.00
Carved from a large piece of heavily grained wood, this humble-looking maneki-neko cat sits on its haunches in the classic pose with its left paw up and wears a charming wide-eyed expression on its face. Late Edo/early Meiji period (ca. 1850). This sculpture was roughly executed in the “single-blade carving” technique known as “itto bori,” which produces a faceted surface, with each facet reflecting a single cut. The solid body has thin panels attached to each side to fill out the legs a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1052626 (stock #2C-413)
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$1,750.00
This impressive Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain everted rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Late Edo/early Meiji period, mid-19th century. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines. Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa p...
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. The gradation of color in the many shades of purple in the irises is very skil...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #994479 (stock #9A-044A39)
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$170.00
Vibrant translucent deep blue colored Chinese Peking (Beijing) glass bowl with scalloped rim and body. Qing dynasty, late 19th/early 20th century. The thin glass contains tiny air bubbles which are characteristic of glass from this period. The word “CHINA” is etched onto the bottom, indicating an export date after 1890 when it was required to mark the country of origin on any items exported into the United States. Because the bowl is simply marked CHINA, it can be determined that it was expo...