Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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$2850.00
This unique large bronze personal hibachi or hand-warmer in the form of Daruma, the patron saint of Zen Buddhism, dates to the 18th century, possibly circa 1700 or earlier. The base is inscribed “Fujiwara saku” in katakibibori, the uneven engraving imitating brush strokes. The interior of the base also contains a relief cast family crest, the “hanabishi” (China flower) design of the “Takeda no Shingen mon,” which indicates that this piece may likely even be of 17th century production...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770)
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$570.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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$350.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #518069 (stock #2B-571)
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$325.00
This classic Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a hand painted “mijin karakusa” design and five large flower blossoms in underglaze blue on a white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The mijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #636400 (stock #11-338A14)
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$650.00
This absolutely extraordinary oversized hibachi or brazier in natural form was skillfully crafted from the wood burl of a keyaki (zelkova) tree trunk and dates to the late 19th/early 20th century. The heavy body was created from a beautifully grained keyaki wood tree trunk, and it branches out to a highly irregular base that had once been four natural root sections. One of the root ends has been cut back to keep the hibachi to a manageable size...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #617613 (stock #12-162)
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$795.00
This unusual Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with colorful Japanese fans (“ogi”) using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Five pairs of open fans and two closed fans boldly decorate the cover. Each open fan has a different auspicious design beautifully drawn and dyed within, their muted shades of pink, gray and lighter blues contrasting nicely with the dark rich indigo blue background...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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$330.00
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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #911519 (stock #4A-090A38)
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$875.00
This delightful Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), wearing a high hat and holding a rattle with bells, appears to be resting after doing the Sambaso dance. Meiji period (1868-1912). This doll was crafted by Maruhei, a long-established doll shop in Kyoto founded in 1779 and renown for the masterly performance of its craftsmen. As with all Maruhei dolls, this gosho ningyo is of the very highest quality. Rich in detail, it was well modeled in an artfully executed pose...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #782261 (stock #9-082A6)
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$125.00
This hand-cut antique stencil paper known as “katagami” was used for traditional Japanese rice paste-resist dyeing for kimono and other textiles. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. With two medallions comprised of open-winged butterflies on fine web mesh background, this intricately carved stencil was cut by a master artisan out of a mulberry paper base and treated with persimmon extract...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #717391 (stock #12-165)
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$1250.00
This most unusual Japanese futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) was made from a kimono-shaped sleeping quilt called a “yogi.” Based upon the heavy, home-spun 100% cotton and the excellent quality of the tsutsugaki drawing, we can date it to the late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-19th century)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1004903 (stock #8-058)
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$1425.00
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 : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #501150 (stock #2B-773)
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$1195.00
These two beautifully modeled Japanese stoneware hares have special slots cut from their back sides for the sole purpose of holding each end of a Japanese folding screen (“byobu”) to keep it weighted on the floor. Meiji period, ca. 1880. A two character signature mark “Koshun” is impressed into each of the unglazed bases. Both rabbits are finished in a rich creamy off white glaze with very fine overall crackling, and there is a firing hole in the slot. Each rabbit is sitting on its haunc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #310312 (stock #11E-111A23)
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$360.00
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils. Kana-gai is a techniq...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1837 VR item #507587 (stock #4-263A39)
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$1295.00
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #285236 (stock #2C-377A38)
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This classic “kasa-dokkuri,” or “umbrella sake bottle,” with its rich brown fluted ceramic body, is a wonderful example of mingei Tamba ware. Meiji period, late 19th century. An indistinguishable potter’s mark is incised on the base. The unglazed body has no applied glaze, but there is a section on one side and on the mouth where naturally-occurring ash glaze was deposited in the kiln.

Tamba, a remote and mountainous area lying to the northeast of Kyoto and Osaka, has been the cent...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #46705 (stock #2C-281)
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$345.00
This unusually shaped Bizen ware sake flask (“tokkuri”) has an irregular pinched body and a tall neck. Early 20th century, probably Meiji. You can see that it has been wheel thrown. This is a wonderfully tactile piece with a great “feel,” and it fits perfectly into the hand for pouring. A rich natural ash glaze covers the shoulder and some of the protruding angles, culminating in glaze splotches on some surface areas. For centuries, Bizen has been highly regarded for its dark red-brown ...