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 : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #399353 (stock #11C-039)
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$220.00
This lovely spherical Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is finely woven from thin split bamboo strips and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1890. The warm burnished brown ovoid body is crafted primarily in the rhythmic “tomokumimono” technique, using even-sized widths of bamboo to create a textural refinement that has balance and elegance. Irregular “midare” plaiting produces a powerful and expressionistic character...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #79361 (stock #16-011)
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$120.00
The Japanese “sumi-tsubo” was used by carpenters to mark long, straight, precise cut-lines on the surface of timber. This mid-19th century Edo period sumi-tsubo (“ink pot”) was hand-crafted from durable and finely grained keyaki wood. The partially visible wheel held a line of twisted thread which was fed off the spool into a rectangular well and out through a hole where it would be attached to a stickpin. India ink was kept soaked into a wad of cotton in the well...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793A44)
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$300.00
This wonderful early example of Japanese mingei folk ceramics is a thick “bedding tile” in rare snowflake form that was likely potted at the Seto kilns in the late Edo period, ca. 1800-1850. The glazed tile is boldly hand painted with a classic freestyle floral design in brown iron oxide and cobalt blue on a clear crazed ground. The bottom is unglazed except for the edges where the glaze from the front has overrun the sides...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #335690 (stock #11-305)
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$395.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #35871 (stock #2C-323A32)
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$195.00
Blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form. Meiji/Taisho period. This white glazed bottle, which is freely decorated in a rich bright underglaze sapphire blue with a design of leaves or fronds, was made for domestic use and not for export. Underglaze bands of cobalt blue encircle the neck, waist and foot, and there is a recessed base and unglazed footrim...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #604925 (stock #2-643A22)
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This stunning Imari sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain dish) has been molded in the form of Mount Fuji and decorated with a design of Miho-no-Matsubara (pine groves in Miho). Late 19th/early 20th century. Beneath the snowcapped peak of Mt. Fuji is a lake and landscape scene with mountains and pine trees hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue in extremely fine detail. The lower edges of the dish are decorated with swirling blue clouds...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #513578 (stock #2-766A28)
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$595.00
This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912)...
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. The interior of the box, which hol...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #80007 (stock #2C-297)
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$225.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) has an overall transfer printed decoration in the “mijin karakusa” pattern. Meiji period. The mijin karakusa pattern is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, this one in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little curls. (For a similar bottle, see “Japanese Porcelain: 1800-1950” by Nancy Schiffer, page 58.)This is one of the many vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue and white Arita...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120.00
This unusual Japanese copper bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in the form of the graceful tied “noshi” decoration with a mythical jewel. Meiji period (1868-1912). The original backplate is copper. 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 events. The...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #374874 (stock #6-375A25)
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$765.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a slender base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a small trumpet mouth, its front side wonderfully decorated with a virtuoso high relief rendition of an iris plant in flower, the stream in which it grows being represented by a swirl of bronze. Meiji period (1868-1912). The reverse is undecorated, indicating that the vase was intended for display in a tokonoma (alcove) or similar recess. There is a two-character signature mark engraved o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #41234 (stock #2C-275)
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$495.00
Large Japanese Bizen ware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in pinched form with indentations on three sides which are impressed with low-relief figures of three of the Seven Gods of Good Luck (“Shichi Fukujin”). Natural yellowish ash glaze spots are deposited on the shoulder and figures. The bottle is wheel thrown, and there is an impressed potters mark on the foot. The three modeled figures are the gods Hotai, Fukurokuju and Benten. Early 20th century.

The Seven Gods of Good Luck play a grea...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #280226 (stock #2-673A34)
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$295.00
This fine quality Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish in Nabeshima style is beautifully decorated in various shades of underglaze blue with three sailing ships on a rolling sea against a soft pale blue ground. Meiji period, ca. 1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls and the classic Nabeshima style underglaze blue comb-tooth pattern on the high foot (“kushikodai”). The characteristic fine-grained milky whit...
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 1900 item #268658 (stock #2-666A41)
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$250.00
This boldly decorated 19th century Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger in square form (“kaku-zara”) is hand painted with a deep cobalt blue landscape scene surrounded by a diapered design and a floral border around the rim. The single blue mark on the foot dates it to the early to mid-19th century. The reverse is hand painted with stylized decorations in cobalt blue surrounding the high unglazed foot rim, which is encircled by four underglaze blue lines. There is a si...