Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150
This large handsome contemporary ceramic pitcher from the Mashiko kilns has been crafted in the style of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). The thickly potted cylindrical body is set on an unglazed raised foot ring. The exterior is decorated in turquoise and yellow ochre pigments splashed on a background of rich iron brown glaze, and the interior is covered with clear transparent glaze.

Hamada Shoji is modern Japan’s most renowned potter...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1191739 (stock #2A-803A41)
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$195
This well-modeled Iga ware pottery incense storage container (“kogo”) was made in the shape of a Japanese farm house (“minka”). Dating to circa to 1930, it is marked with an engraved two-character signature that reads Taizan. The large overlapping thatched roof comprises the top of the box, with the lower portion of the house forming the bottom...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #430005 (stock #2-765A26)
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$295
This wonderful Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain dish in octagonal form is hand painted in brilliant enamels on a pure white ground, and the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon is painted in underglaze blue within the foot ring. We believe this dish to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to the mid-20th century. The front is decorated with large vibrant red and pale yellow hibiscus blossoms and unopened red buds in overglaze enamels...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831)
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$450
This elegant Japanese porcelain dish in scalloped octagonal form is hand painted in vibrant overglaze polychrome enamels and comes with its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”). There is a two character underglaze blue signature on the base. We believe it dates to the early to mid-20th century, but we have not been able to identify the artist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #979985 (stock #11E-148A32)
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$295
This fine vintage Japanese wakasa-nuri stand with rolled legs has a mosaic-like surface that shimmers with gold foil and tiny inlaid pieces of iridescent mother-of-pearl. Early to mid-20th century. The base of the lacquer is wood which was finished with brown, black and red colors, and the layers of these colors are revealed by polishing the lacquer finish to create this unique and complex pattern. Small pieces of mother of pearl are mixed into the finish creating a lovely overall effect...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #164162 (stock #11E-101A15)
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$225
This fine early Showa period Japanese black and gold lacquer miniature Buddhist shrine (“zushi”) contains a wood figure of the seated saint Nichiren-shonin, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The shrine, which dates to ca. 1940, is crafted in rounded rectangular form with double-hinged doors and engraved brass fittings. The rich black lacquered exterior opens to reveal a mellow gold lacquered interior with a gilded transom, the inside of which is covered with red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1194473 (stock #11-375A36)
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$395
This delightful little house and garden tableau contains an incredibly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #573166 (stock #2-806A29)
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$695
Fine molded Kyoto-studio porcelain okimono (standing figure) of snow-clad Mt. Fuji, the exterior and the base covered with fine celadon glaze (“seiji”) and the top decorated in pale underglaze white to replicate the snow at the summit of the mountain. Early 20th century. There is a two-character seal mark of Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) impressed in the biscuit of the base which is surrounded by an unglazed foot rim...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1103201 (stock #2A-817A19)
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$165
This handsome small lidded stoneware jar, typical of Koishiwara ware (“koishiwara-yaki”) pottery, is an excellent example of Japanese ceramic folk art. Dating from the mid-to-late 20th century, this jar was made by “Kumao Ota,” a famous potter in Japan. The gray clay body of the pot was first covered with a coat of white clay slip and then decorated with “chatter-marking” before being coated with clear glaze and random splashes of green and brown glaze...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #862956 (stock #2-832)
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$95
This lovely foliate rimmed, relief edged deep dish is hand painted with butterflies and flowers in a traditional Kutani palette on a pure white ground. Early to mid-20th century. The base bears the underglaze blue four character mark “Kutani Eiju.” The three butterflies are done in underglaze blue with gold overglaze highlights. The blooming flowers are done entiredly in overglaze enamels of black, green, red and yellow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1221785 (stock #2D-108A40)
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$250
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual sake drinking set includes two Arita porcelain sake flasks (“tokkuri”) and three embossed pewter sake cups (“sakazuki” or “guinomi”). Early 20th century, pre-war. The two flasks are hand painted in shonsui style with diapered panels and bands in underglaze blue on a clear white ground (“sometsuke”). The panels alternate between a landscape scene, geometric patterns, and a calligraphic poem. The flat n...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #878719 (stock #2-833)
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$110
This charming Japanese Arita porcelain bowl has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim and is glazed in pale celadon (“seiji”) on both the front and back sides. Early 20th century. Signed in underglaze blue, the five character mark reads “Imari Kosen.” Offset to one side in the interior is an overglaze green, red, yellow and black design of vines and leaves with fruit. The unglazed foot rim shows the smooth white porcelain clay from which this bowl was potted. Arita is a town on t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1960 item #131775 (stock #8-060A17)
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$45
Round Chinese cloisonne covered box; mid-20th century. The cover is nicely decorated with mauve and white flowers which are enclosed in thick brass wires on a mauve ground. A delicate tiny butterfly hovers above one of the blossoms. Stylized blossoms and leaves in the same colors decorate the sides. The interior and the base are covered in turquoise enamel, and the rims and foot ring are crafted of brass.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #825532 (stock #2-849A12)
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$195
This lovely Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain cup and saucer set is hand painted in vivid colorful enamels on a pure white ground, with the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot of each piece. We believe this set to be from the studio of either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to mid-20th century. Both the cup and saucer are decorated with mandarin oranges and leaves (“tachibana”). In Japan, the tachibana is admired for i...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #360477 (stock #9-089A10)
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$275
This polychromed clay figure seated on a brightly-colored pedestal in a lacquered chair represents the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (774-835). Early 20th century. The figure wears traditional brown and saffron colored Buddhist robes. He holds a Buddhist rosary in his left hand and a vajra (mace with four prongs symbolizing a thunderbolt) in his right hand. He sits on a black lacquered wood chair decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue along the edges of the pedestal. His shoes ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #319782 (stock #9-088A32)
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$125
This fascinating deck of Japanese karauta cards for a New Year’s card game comes in its original covered lacquered paper box and dates from the early to mid-20th century. Known as the “100 Poet Cards,” the 200 cards used in this game feature short Japanese compositions from “Ogura Hyaku-nin Isshu,” a classic anthology of 100 poems that was compiled in the 13th century. Each of the 100 poems, whose themes are love, the seasons and several other subjects, is by a different author. The de...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #726679 (stock #6-433A10)
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$195
This diminutive Japanese covered silver box is hand hammered and finely stamped in the form of an early Japanese “koban” coin. Possibly a kogo (incense container), it is dated 1957. The bottom of the case bears the Japanese silver hallmark "JUNGIN" (pure silver) and "GINSEI" (made from silver) in Kanji letters. Both can be regarded as over silver 92.5% quality. This inscribed sterling silver case was made to commemorate the inauguration of the Koban Komatsu Store, a luxury shop which still ...