Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1191739 (stock #2A-803A41)
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$195.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #519992 (stock #2B-789A17)
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$295.00
This finely potted Japanese porcelain vase with a bulbous onion gourd style neck was finished with a sharkskin texture and hand painted with a sparrow in flight above blooming flowers. Meiji period (1868-1912). The white porcelain base bears the distinctive matte black patent marks of Imura which can be dated to between 1890 and 1910. The ringed neck has a fluted lip which is edged in gilt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793)
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$495.00
This wonderful early example of Japanese mingei folk ceramics is a thick “bedding tile” in rare snowflake form that was likely potted at the Seto kilns in the late Edo period, ca. 1800-1850. The glazed tile is boldly hand painted with a classic freestyle floral design in brown iron oxide and cobalt blue on a clear crazed ground. The bottom is unglazed except for the edges where the glaze from the front has overrun the sides...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #440181 (stock #11E-133A17)
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$675.00
This diminutive hardwood display stand with silver mounts has been decorated overall with gold makie lacquer landscape decoration. Meiji period (1868-1912). The stand, which is made entirely of keyaki wood, has developed a rich mellow patina resulting from time. Keyaki, the most expensive of Japanese hardwoods, has a beautiful dense grain and is sturdy and long-lasting, requiring little maintenance...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #875020 (stock #2-853)
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Rarely seen, this heavily potted Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) ceramic piece is an actual squat toilet used from the late Meiji to early Showa periods in Japan. This one dates to the early 20th century. The cobalt blue transfer print design consists of a scrolling vine (“karakusa”) and flower motif all around the edges, with a key fret pattern design along the exterior rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #137270 (stock #SB-1)
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$95.00
This Japanese ceramic teapot is an unusual example of early (“ko”) Satsuma ware. Ca. 1900. The lid and upper two-thirds of the body are covered with deep brown globules of thick glaze. This is a later form of the earlier “jakatsu-gusuri” glazing, which is also known as sharkskin or dragon scale glaze. The glaze was formulated in such a way that it pulled away from portions of the clay surface into small drops, producing an interesting blistered texture...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1837 VR item #507587 (stock #4-263A39)
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$850.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #607239 (stock #6-338A27)
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$295.00
This wonderful brass Japanese match-safe in unusual form was made in repousse with designs of birds beneath a full moon and clouds. Meiji/Taisho period. Both sides feature a kestral or falcon (“taka”) sitting on the thick branch of a tree with leaves and berries, possibly a grapevine. Above the kestral hangs a huge full moon emerging from small, whispy clouds. Two smaller birds appear in flight near the moon...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #134508 (stock #2-605A16)
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$295.00
These two wonderfully-modeled white porcelain rabbit okimono are each signed with an inscribed signature which appears to read “Kenzan.” Ca.1950. Possibly Arita or Kutani porcelain, they are covered with a fine clear milky-white glaze and have bright black eyes...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1960 item #1250823 (stock #7A-117)
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$195.00
This striking mid-20th century shin-hanga Japanese woodblock print features two vibrant variegated camellia blossoms against a deep black ground. Red artist signature seal in lower left hand corner; publisher’s marks in left and right margins. Artist and publisher unknown. The beautiful open blossoms explode in variegated shades of red, pink and white emerging from brown branches which sport dark and light green leaves. The stunning floral composition stands out dramatically against the dark ...
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. The unglazed base bears the inscribed mark “Made in Japan.”

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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. This is one of the many scrolling vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue and white Arit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #416965 (stock #6B-385)
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$645.00
This elegant Japanese cast flower bronze has a slender base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a small trumpet mouth, and there is an archaic seal character signature engraved on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The curve of the quatrefoil-lobed body is nicely complimented by the linear shape of the rectangular handles. Casting and finishing are extremely well done on this heavy piece, which has a wonderful original patina. Japanese metalwork was a sophisticated and complex cr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230.00
This unusual studio porcelain bowl is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels with designs of morning glories. Early 20th century. There is a three character underglaze blue signature, set off to the left side on the base, which we have not been able to identify. The interior is hand painted with morning glory blossoms in shades of white, blue and peach. Leaves are drawn in green and blue. The flowers are decorated with gold highlights, and the lip is fully gilded. The outsid...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1960 item #776522 (stock #7A-019)
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$130.00
This original woodblock print by artist Hasegawa Sadanobu III (1881-1963) features a Kabuki actor from the Edo period boldly portrayed in a classic role. 20th century, ca. 1950’s. The actor plays the role of a samurai villain, with his katana sword drawn and an angry expression on his face. The printed signature and seal are offset to the right side, above what is likely the printer’s seal mark. There is a pencil signature on the lower margin which reads “Kabuki Kurou” and an illegible p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #324145 (stock #2B-696)
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$875.00
This wonderful large and heavy Japanese Arita “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves on a pure white ground filled with blue butterflies and floral decorations. Mid-19th century. The largest reserve, in rectangular shape, contains an extensive landscape scene with house, mountains and a lake. Below it is a lozenge-shaped reserve decorated with four horses. Another lozenge-shaped reserve on either side is decorated with geometric di...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120.00
This unusual Japanese copper bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in the form of the graceful tied “noshi” decoration with a mythical jewel. Meiji period (1868-1912). The original backplate is copper. The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious events. The...
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. Her arms are attached to her paper-wrapped torso with fabric, and her face, arms and legs have a rich gofun (cru...