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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #604925 (stock #2-643A22)
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$375.00
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #149094 (stock #2A-517)
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$395.00
The body of this handsome early 20th century Japanese folk ceramic hibachi in rounded 10-sided form is glazed in rich dark brown with an unctuous blue and mauve flambe glaze on its rim and dripping down its sides. The upper half of the interior is washed in brown glaze. We have been unable to determine the folk kiln of its origin...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #401837 (stock #6-386A23)
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$395.00
Delightful little Japanese bronze scroll weight cast and modeled in wonderful detail to depict a seated female karako holding a large lotus leaf. Meiji period, late 19th century. This diminutive work of art has a beautiful rich patina that comes with age and only after years of handling. The term “karako” refers generically to small Chinese children as they are portrayed in Japanese art...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #416403 (stock #2-737A25)
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$295.00
Lovely little Japanese porcelain ovoid from vase decorated in underglaze gray enamels and overglaze iron-red enamel and gilt with a dragon emerging from swirling storm clouds. Meiji period (1868-1912). The base is marked with the mountain trademark of the Fukagawa Porcelain Manufacturing Company painted in underglaze blue. Accents of gilt encircle the foot and the neck and highlight the two simulated ring handles on either side of the vase...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #330879 (stock #6B-183A26)
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$395.00
This fine repousse silver and copper portable shrine box in mihrab form with a central deity figure set behind glass in the prayer niche is encased in its original brocade cover. Tibet, early 19th century. The front of the ornamental box is richly decorated with auspicious symbols of the Buddhist faith and the monster mask of Kirtimukha in high relief repousse silver work...
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...
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 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.

Mt. Fuji is painted in a soft grayish off-white tone, and its snow-capped peak is rendered in low relief with stark white slip glaze...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #534628 (stock #6B-410A13)
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$295.00
Japanese bronze water dropper (“suiteki”) in gourd form with handle and spout. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned. The top surface is decorated with low relief casting of gourd leaves and vines, on which a slight copper colored sheen has developed. The diminutive bronze handle has been cast in “mokko” form.

A suiteki was an essential element of the scholar’s desk. It was used by calligraphers and painters to wet an inkstone with measured drops of water. A finger would be held over ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1837 VR item #507587 (stock #4-263A39)
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$850.00
Fine and rare early example of a Japanese Takeda ningyo (figurine) which shows all the typical characteristics of this Japanese doll genre: the extravagant pose, the dynamism, the upturned eyes and the downturned mouth. Ca. 1800. Representing a Kabuki actor playing a warrior, the figure is posed on a tree stump, carrying a pair of swords on his waist and a jingasa over his shoulder. His garments are made of embroidered chirimen (silk crepe) and brocade. Face and the hands are beautifully modeled...
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 : 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 #60069 (stock #2C-229)
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$150.00
This unusual candle-shaped sake bottle or “rosoku-tokkuri,” which is covered with a deep dark brown glaze, is an example of Tachikui/Tamba ware. Meiji/Taisho period. Unglazed calligraphic symbols, drawn with a wax resist, surround the square-shouldered body of the bottle. The village of Tachikui, located in an isolated mountain region of northern Hyogo Prefecture, is the last pottery village in Tamba. The dominant color of the Tachikui wares is a rich deep brown. (Our enlargement photos 6 an...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #607239 (stock #6-338A27)
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$295.00
This wonderful brass Japanese match-safe in unusual form was made in repousse with designs of birds beneath a full moon and clouds. Meiji/Taisho period. Both sides feature a kestral or falcon (“taka”) sitting on the thick branch of a tree with leaves and berries, possibly a grapevine. Above the kestral hangs a huge full moon emerging from small, whispy clouds. Two smaller birds appear in flight near the moon. The details on this piece are superb and beautifully rendered, and it has a great p...
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. Meiji period, late 19th century. The mortise-and-tenon, dove-tail and mitre joinery is indicative of very fine craftsmanship, and the keyaki wood has a rich mellow patina resulting from years of exposure to heat and smoke. Keyaki, the most expensive of Japanese hardwoods, has a beautiful dense grain and is sturdy and long-lasting, requiring little maintenanc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #677764 (stock #6-429)
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$995.00
This rare elegant pair of Japanese chrysanthemum-base candlestands (“kikuza-shokudai”) were hand crafted of solid bronze and date to the Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The tall upright shaft rests on a heavy eighteen-petal chrysanthemum base and culminates in a chrysanthemum-shaped candle dish with an upright pricket on which to position the candle within a circular support. The bases and holder dishes are shaped like “kiku” (chrysanthemum), the auspicious symbol of the Japanese ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #625516 (stock #12-189A27)
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$850.00
Using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki,” this dramatic Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with origami cranes, pine trees and snow. Meiji period, late 19th century. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”) in melon (“mokko”) form. Surrounding the mon and filling each of the four corners are pine trees in the snow accented with folded paper “origami” cranes. The crane (“tsuru”) ...