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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1196617 (stock #2C-235A)
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$110.00
This heavily-potted Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was the product of a folk kiln, likely Tamba, and dates to the mid-20th century. The reddish-brown clay body is covered with a rich dark brown glaze, and the kanji characters for sake have been freely trailed with white slip glaze on the front and the back of the bottle. The original carrying robe encircles the thick neck...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #651147 (stock #2-817)
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$475.00
This lovely Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) hibachi is heavily potted in ovoid form and dates to the early 20th century. The stenciled background on the body is decorated with a scrolling vine (tako karakusa) and pawlonia (kiri) leaf design against which are centered four white curvilinear medallions, two enclosing scenes of mountainous landscapes and the other two with chrysanthemums and birds...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #806212 (stock #11E-143A16)
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$295.00
This lovely round red and black lacquer tray with hand carved peony blossoms and leaves was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The alternating layers of color create a rich effect on the low relief carving, adding to its three dimensional quality. There is a wonderful depth and patina to the richly textured finish of this tray, which was very likely a tea ceremony presentation tray. The reverse is simply finished with red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #401472 (stock #4-248A34)
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$325.00
This simply enchanting little Japanese doll in kimekomi style stands on a black lacquer base alongside his black and white puppy. Early Showa period, 1930-1940. The child is holding a black and gold lacquer fan and a strung paper kite. He is dressed in a blue silk kimono which has been dyed and painted to scale. Face and hands are covered with gofun (crushed oyster shell), and the hair is finished in black lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #169496 (stock #4-187A6)
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$595.00
Charming “Ichimatsu ningyo” or “Yamato ningyo” doll created in the 1920’s or early 1930’s. This endearing little girl has a soft well-rounded face, an appealing gentle expression, and a sweet serene composure. She has a flesh colored complexion, long thick black hair, brown glass inset eyes, wide brush-stroked eyebrows, handpainted lower eyelashes and a closed soft smile...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #862956 (stock #2-832)
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$95.00
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 : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #537726 (stock #8-075A10)
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$145.00
These three decorative wireless Japanese cloisonné “meimeizara” (plates for the tea ceremony) are decorated with pine, bamboo and plum blossoms (“shochikubai”) in soft translucent enamels on a shimmering foil ground. They date to the mid-20th century and come with their original velvet-lined presentation box. There is a paper label of the Ando Company on the reverse side which is finished in shiny black enamel...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #1053973 (stock #11-367)
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Handcrafted of cedar or cypress wood, this vintage Japanese kamidana miniature shrine has architectural features found on larger Shinto shrines and is dated “Showa 2 nen” (1927) on the back. The central double doors open to provide access to an interior sanctuary where “ofuda” shrine charms and other appropriate religious items may be placed behind the hanging silk curtain. There are fragile minutely latticed windows on either side of the doors...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #573166 (stock #2-806A29)
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$695.00
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #978599 (stock #6-459A13)
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$250.00
These diminutive vintage inlaid place card holders were hand crafted in iron inlaid with miniature designs intricately inlaid in gold and silver. Ca. 1940-1950. The reverse side, the base and the clip to hold the name card in place are made of brass. Made by the Amita Jewelry Company, the bases are stamped “Amita Japan.” Each holder bears a different floral or landscape scene featuring birds, flowers, pagodas, boats and Mt. Fuji...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1193153 (stock #11-374A33)
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$595.00
This large lacquered wooden shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) advertises a brand of Japanese sake and dates to ca. 1930. The large heavy trade sign was carved on a single wood plank and decorated with black and gold lacquer, which creates a dramatic contrast. The gilded relief-carved calligraphic characters were translated to read “Aizu seishu,” "Yume Gokoro" (name of sake), “Shouji zoujoujo ginjou (name of the brewery).” Five unidentified geometric characters are finished in a li...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #583612 (stock #4-269A22)
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$260.00
This dramatic Japanese wooden doll, known as a “Nara ningyo,” is hand carved to portray the Noh actor Okina (old man) in stylized garments, wearing a mask and holding a fan. Early 20th century, pre-war. The signature of the artist “Ikka” is carved into the back side of the figure. Okina’s strong angled features are well-carved and exquisitely hand painted. His robe is brown with patterned white, blue, green and orange designs finely painted to replicate the fine silk brocade from which...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047A47)
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$390.00
This large elegant vintage Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century, the bamboo handle is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Chikuyosai." It was crafted in round tapered form with meticulous and minute weaving. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a refined herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #317930 (stock #2C-386A25)
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$225.00
This portable crescent-shaped ceramic sake container, called a “dachibin,” is one of the classic shapes of Tsuboyan pottery (tsuboya-yaki) and unique to Okinawa. Mid-20th century. The body is randomly covered with a buff colored glaze which exhibits the normal glaze crazing. The pottery biscuit shows through areas along the shoulder and side where the glaze did not spread. There are splashes of rich speckled copper green glaze around the spout and both lugs. The neck is finished in a rich br...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #360477 (stock #9-089A10)
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$275.00
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 : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #143929 (stock #11C-035A2)
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$175.00
This lovely Japanese split bamboo ikebana basket or “hanakago” was crafted in round form and dates to the early Showa period. Strips of different widths and different shades of brown bamboo are inserted diagonally into the body structure to produce a powerful appeal. The handle is made from twisted bamboo cordage entwined around two strips of bamboo. Since the sixteenth century, woven baskets for flowers have been favorites for use in the tea ceremony. Designed to contain fresh-cut flowers, ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #96623 (stock #11F-102)
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$120.00
This lovely Japanese comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is crafted from an early form of flexible celluloid which closely resembles tortoise shell. Ca.1930. The top and sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are decorated with relief flowers. The material looks like the same molded celluloid from which the elaborate bridal hair ornament sets were made. In fact, this comb resembles those seen in some bridal sets and could possibly be part of such a set. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #661747 (stock #6-428)
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$110.00
This most unusual silver miniature was crafted in the form of the brazier component of the Japanese tea ceremony “furo-gama” or “chagama” and dates to the early half of the 20th century. There is an indistinguishable mark stamped into the base. Sitting on three feet, the tiny furo is attached to a round trivet base made to simulate finely grained hardwood with low relief “graining” in the silver. The tiny ringed handles, also with low relief decoration, are hinged and actually move. ...