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 #513578 (stock #2-766A28)
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$595.00
This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The underside rim with three formal sprays of extended peony and the high foot rim with serrated blue comb are characteristic of Nabeshima ware...
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 1920 item #50082 (stock #2-555A38)
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$250.00
Japanese Arita porcelain dishes with underglaze blue landscape scenes on a white molded floral ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). In the center of each dish is a double lined blue circle which contains a scene with a temple or shrine in a mountainous landscape. Birds fly overhead. The undecorated surface of the inside of each dish is molded to represent flowers and stylized clouds. On the reverse are blue rings both inside and outside the foot and three bats surrounding the outside of the dish...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #766912 (stock #11-350A15)
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$595.00
This wonderfully detailed boxwood tray has been realistically carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf holding a lotus flower seed pod. Meiji period (1868-1912). The close-grained hardwood has a rich brown color and a soft dark patina reflecting many years of careful use and care. The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges. A lotus seed pod, on a stem that curls around the left edge, sits on the lower left corner of the tray...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #849343 (stock #8-080A32)
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$895.00
Fine mirror image pair of Japanese yusen-jippo cloisonne enamel vases in ovoid form with tapering bases, each beautifully decorated with grapes, vines and leaves on a creamy white enamel ground. Dating to the mid-20th century, each base bears the Ando trademark seal in silver wires. Both have applied silver mounts, and the base mounts are stamped C.P.O, an abbreviation for the Central Purchasing Office of the American Occupational Forces...
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...
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 : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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This heavy vintage Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and decorated in high relief with figures of birds and flowers within deeply recessed irregular panels in a style popularized during the Meiji period. Showa period, mid-20th C. The “front” side is more extensively decorated with a bird perched on one of the blossoming prunus branches, and a somewhat less ornate floral decoration appears in the recessed panel on the reverse side...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #136588 (stock #4A-070)
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$95.00
This delightful clay Japanese Gosho doll or ningyo dates to the 1930’s. Standing with his feet apart on a black wooden base, he holds a ball in his outstretched right hand. His body is glazed in characteristic brilliant gofun-like white, and his facial features are well modeled and delicately painted. His vest is done in purple glaze, and his red and gold silk apron is tied with a gold silk cord...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #430005 (stock #2-765A26)
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$295.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #149697 (stock #2C-295)
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$520.00
Wonderful Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white) porcelain sake bottle or tokkuri in ovoid form with an elongated neck and overall underglaze blue designs of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). Early 20th century. A vertical blue linear design separates the karakusa pattern from the foot, and there are three blue lines encircling the bottom of the bottle. The glazed base is recessed and the high foot rim unglazed. The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #850726 (stock #TK-1)
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“The Best Book on Satsuma: Over 300 Marks and Signatures” is a newly published (October 2008), exquisitely-illustrated book by Thomas S. Kiernan, 236 pages, 12” x 8 ½”, hard cover, dust jacket. Written by an avid and passionate collector, this impressive book contains hundreds of illustrations of stunning Satsuma wares in full color and more than 300 illustrated and translated signatures.

Beautifully laid out and photographed, THE BEST BOOK ON SATSUMA is designed to help the collec...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #465368 (stock #11E-132A14)
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This elegant and refined square lacquer tray with rounded edges is decorated with four family crests (mons) in gold makie lacquer on a rich glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Meiji period, early 20th century. Roiro-nuri is a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers. Round gold makie lacquer crests of noble families include the crane, melon, feathers and wisteria. The edge is finished with gold lacquer. Serving trays such as this were used ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #673813 (stock #9-103A37)
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$375.00
This Japanese sculpture depicts the seated Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint) and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Carved from solid stone (either granite or natural volcanic rock) in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, he sits in a lotus position with hands clasped in earnest prayer. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity.

Originating from Sado Island, the gentle Jizo is one...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #694438 (stock #2D-109A19)
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$395.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual ceramic sake set in classic Chinese fa-hua style is of Japanese origin and dates to the late Meiji period, ca. 1880-1912. The two sake flasks (“tokkuri”) are signed on the bottom in underglaze blue with the six character mark which reads “Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo” (Eiraku made). This signature is from one of the later generations of the Zengoro family, a line of renowned Kyoto potters going back to the 16th centu...
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. Carved from the unique Sado Island granite in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, this Jizo stands with hands clasped and holding...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2B-658)
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$1,250.00
This classic, thickly potted early Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vine) around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. It dates to the first half of the 19th century. Blue and white sometsuke porcelains with karakusa designs are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese market, and they are highly prized b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #313901 (stock #2B-667)
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$280.00
This unusual Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with six thick blue rimmed horseman roundels surrounding a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” boat picture like those on late Ming dynasty Red Cliff bowls. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century. (See page 274 of “Shibata Collection Part IV” for mark.) This design is reminiscent of the classic shonsu...