Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #446776 (stock #4-238)
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A most unusual Door of Hope Doll character is the Widow, and this one dates to ca. 1920. She is wearing unbleached muslin trousers, skirt and jacket, covered by a long-sleeved, 3/4 length front-fastened coarse outer "sackcloth" jacket with a straw belt tied around the waist. She wears a muslin-lined hood that covers her head and shoulders. Her bound foot shoes are also muslin...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1012980 (stock #7A-115A15)
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Entitled “Snow Camellia” ("Kantsubaki"), the enchanting little figure in this highly textured woodblock print by respected Sosaka Hanga artist Kawano Kaoru (1916-1965) is from the Series “Dancing Figure.” This is a genuine lifetime print strike dating from the 1950’s and not a posthumous edition. The square red seal of Kawano is stamped in the lower right hand corner, and there is an oval seal mark printed on the reverse...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #855198 (stock #11F-147)
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This lavishly decorated Japanese makie lacquer hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The front side of the comb is painstakingly decorated with a profusion of flowers and leaves done in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer), takamakie (raised lacquer) and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground overlayed with sections of green and red lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #640990 (stock #15-219)
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This most unusual oblong Chinese paktong (“pai-tung”) opium box is decorated with designs of roundels containing auspicious symbols. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1860-1880. The details are both incised and carved away, with the recessed portions enameled in dark blue. The interior is sheathed in copper. An important part of the paraphernalia connected with opium smoking was the opium box, which was used to hold the gummy substance. Opium boxes are small in size, usually round or oblong in shape...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #274446 (stock #3-145)
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This wonderful mid-19th century round paktong incense clock features a domed openwork cover with a “shou,” the symbol of long life, surrounded by five bats, the symbol of wealth and good luck. The lower rim of the cover is decorated with a pierced circular coin design, symbolic of money. The three-footed censor base is decorated with copper ringed handles set in opposed lion head masks cast from paktong...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1182749 (stock #2C-200)
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This distinctive turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-19th century. The heavily potted bottle was crafted in a marvelous shape known as “kabura” (turnip). The way in which the pot ascends into great swelling shoulders fully reflects the hard work that went into making it...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #746392 (stock #2-829)
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This superb Japanese porcelain dish, hand painted in underglaze blue and bright overglaze polychrome enamels, is the work of Kakiemon Sakaida XII (1878-1963). The highly refined milky white glazed body is decorated in the traditional Kakiemon palette of red, blue, green and yellow with a design of a butterfly hovering above chrysanthemums issuing from a rocky outcropping near a brushwood fence...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #81413 (stock #12-104A11)
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Striking silk fukusa (Japanese gift cover) with a cream-colored ho-o bird (phoenix) on a brilliant red ground. Taisho period. As the phoenix joyfully spreads its wings, its long tail feathers arc to form a crest around a cluster of the distinctively-shaped green leaves and purple flowers of the paulownia tree. Delicate white silk thread embroidery highlights the bird’s feathers...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1152348 (stock #11-372)
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This fine heavy wooden pothook or kettle-hook hanger (“jizai-gake”), hand carved from a large block of densely-grained zelkova (keyaki) wood, was once suspended by a heavy rope from the high roof beams of a Japanese home or shop. Edo/Meiji period, 19th century. This is a wonderful example of the Daikoku type of kettle-hook hanger, distinguished by the integral, inverted V-shaped roof-like upper part of the hook, which reminds the Japanese of Daikoku’s floppy cap...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #670204 (stock #6-390)
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This important museum collection Japanese bronze flower vessel with detachable butterfly handles was cast in futabana style with a classic low body and a wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The squat body, which is engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, is flanked by two removable cast and engraved bronze side handles in the form of butterflies...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1095458 (stock #6A-452)
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This heavy Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and wonderfully decorated in high relief with an aquatic motif. Meiji period, ca.1900. The iron body bears the four-character seal mark of “Ueda Zo” cast in relief beneath the spout -- a mark which appears only on tetsubin of the highest quality. The patinated bronze lid bears the engraved shop name signature “Ryubundo zo,” a famous Japanese family of tetsubin makers and bronze workers from Kyoto...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #922622 (stock #6A-426)
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This exceptionally fine ornamental tetsubin (cast iron kettle) in squat form is decorated in Komai style with extensive gold and silver hira-zogan and nunome-zogan inlays. Meiji period, 19th century. The heavy patinated cast bronze lid bears the engraved signature “Kinryudo zo,” the shop name of a renowned tetsubin specialist in Kyoto (see signature illustrations 154 to159 in TETSUBIN P.L.W. Arts). The body is unsigned. The bronze lid is topped with “tachibana” (mandarin orange) flower b...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #97344 (stock #2B-586)
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This fine example of Hirado porcelain is a plate beautifully decorated with a scene of two blue and white cranes standing in water, all against a soft pale blue ground. Ca.1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls. The characteristic fine-grained milky white porcelain body is covered in a pure lustrous glaze. (For a nearly identical plate which was exhibited at the Art Asia Museum, see Catalog No. 38 on page 68 of “Hirado Ware” by...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #538613 (stock #11-330)
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This highly expressive wooden figure of Daruma has been executed in the “partial carving” technique, which utilizes wood burls or other chunks of wood with great natural character leaving them in their original shapes. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. With its piercing eyes, which are beautifully rendered in great depth and detail, Daruma’s forceful face shows sheer determination and strong will. The head, upper chest and shoulders are precisely carved, but the remainder of the pie...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1131623 (stock #6B-155)
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The top of this round brass ink box is nicely engraved with a figure harvesting in a landscape that features a large banana tree. 19th century, Qing period. The fitted inkstone inside the cover is original. The bottom section of the box is lined in copper, and its copper base is unmarked.

These tightly-fit boxes were used by scholars when they traveled so they could paint and do calligraphy. Cotton was placed in the bottom of the box and water was dripped into it. This provided the moisture...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #177238 (stock #4-216)
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This Farmer is one of the rarer Door of Hope doll characters, and this one dates to ca. 1920. He's dressed in hand-stitched blue cotton calf-length trousers and a matching jacket. These are covered by Chinese-style rainwear of a straw skirt and cape, and his wide-brimmed hat is made of woven straw. He has finely carved pear wood head and hands, carved and painted black eyes, painted black hair, well-detailed carved ears, and a closed mouth with an enigmatic smile. His hair is carved with a bra...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1047857 (stock #2A-814A18)
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This heavily potted, glazed Seto stoneware dish with “shochikubai” design is known as a “fuki-zumi” plate because of the unusual technique of sprayed glaze decoration. Edo period, ca. 1800. One of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, Seto produced ceramic wares in Aichi Prefecture. The unique and dramatic effect on this plate was accomplished through the use of a stencil and brown pigment sprayed through a tube to create the outline of pine, plum and bamboo which seems to float on the soft br...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #99976 (stock #SB-5)
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Japanese plique a jour (“shotai”) cloisonne bowl with various brightly-colored flowers on a pale green ground with silver wires and a chrome plated rim, resting on three crescent-shaped feet. Early Showa period, ca. 1930. Plique a jour is a unique type of cloisonne in which translucent enamels are used exclusively. It is a transparent, glass-like cloisonne wherein the cloisoned design is held in place without any apparent support. The first Japanese piece was made in the Ando workshop in the...