Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1187787 (stock #9-119A39)
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$270
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 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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$330
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 1900 item #156787 (stock #2-616A42)
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This fine Japanese blue and white porcelain vase is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue foliate design of birds and flowers on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and karahana (China flowers)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #335690 (stock #11-305)
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$395
This wonderful Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” made of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle and was hand carved out of a single tree stump. Meiji period (1869-1912). The two round cutout carvings on the inside of the basket indicate that it might have served as a tabako-bon smoking tray. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #704610 (stock #4-020)
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$895
This wonderful Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese Boys’ Day doll (“musha ningyo”) represents the Emperor Ojin. He is seated on a black wooden camp stool which sits on fur skin rug. He has glass eyes and a serene, enigmatic expression on his flesh-colored gofun (crushed oyster shell) face. An incredible level of attention to detail was paid to the textiles and warrior accessories on this ningyo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #324145 (stock #2B-696)
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$875
This wonderful large and heavy Japanese Arita “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves on a pure white ground filled with blue butterflies and floral decorations. Mid-19th century. The largest reserve, in rectangular shape, contains an extensive landscape scene with house, mountains and a lake. Below it is a lozenge-shaped reserve decorated with four horses...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #657655 (stock #9-102A40)
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$475
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #496201 (stock #6-397A22)
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$295
This unusual copper match-safe is wonderfully decorated in high relief with blossoming spider chrysanthemums. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Both sides feature two large spider mums, their gracefully arching petals beautifully rendered in superb detail. Because it was used to carry wooden stick matches, the case’s bottom has a grooved strike-a-light...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #440181 (stock #11E-133A17)
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$675
This diminutive hardwood display stand with silver mounts has been decorated overall with gold makie lacquer landscape decoration. Meiji period (1868-1912). The stand, which is made entirely of keyaki wood, has developed a rich mellow patina resulting from time. Keyaki, the most expensive of Japanese hardwoods, has a beautiful dense grain and is sturdy and long-lasting, requiring little maintenance...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1900 item #154704 (stock #4-002)
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$395
This wonderful pair of Japanese Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina Matsuri”) Emperor and Empress dolls are seated on brocade-edged tatami display stands and date to the mid to late 19th century. The emperor is clad in purple silk brocade with a long sword tucked into his waist. The empress is dressed in elaborate multi-layered robes of colorful red silk...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #99105 (stock #SES-1)
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$995
This rare early Japanese Satsuma vase of wheel-thrown, ovoid shape with waisted neck and everted collared lip, dates to the mid-19th century. It is boldly decorated in rich overglaze enamels and burnished gold and silver with two samurai riding on horseback. Floral medallions and pine branches drape the shoulder, and the wide lip is gilded. There is an extensive red signature on the foot, which we have been unable to identify.

Satsuma is the well known long-admired form of Japanese ceramics i...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #688277 (stock #2A-798)
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$995
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”). There is an oval opening on the rabbit’s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #989195 (stock #9A-043A37)
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$295
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #397360 (stock #6-382A26)
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$675
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. Late Edo period, mid-19th century. Just above the shoulder on either side of the neck are two applied Chinese style dragon head handles cast in bronze in wonderful detail. The body is engraved all over with flowers and scrolling vine designs. The free-and-easy manipulation of Chinese elements seen in bronzes of the late Edo peri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #520518 (stock #2B-794)
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$285
The exterior of this handsome Japanese Arita porcelain bowl is wonderfully decorated with allover randomly arranged roundels hand painted in underglaze blue and soft overglaze enamels on a clear white ground. Ca. 1850-1875. This bowl is unusual inasmuch as it was decorated in classic heirloom shonsui style but was done so with vivid polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue designs. The base bears an apocryphal four character reign mark of the Chinese Ming dynas...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1207904 (stock #12-999A36)
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$175
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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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$350
This diminutive hand-carved Japanese statue of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to Meiji/Taisho period (1890-1920). This is a classic 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...