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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #680059 (stock #2C-403)
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$165.00
This diminutive 19th century folk ceramic flask or vase is made of light buff colored clay, and the exterior is covered by a clear creamy glaze with fine crackles. It appears to be Oribe stoneware. There are sparse iron oxide decorations of what look like pine needles freely painted on the front side, which are highlighted with green glaze. The neck is covered with a light blue/green copper glaze, and there is tan mottling with white hagi glaze on the body...
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 : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #272762 (stock #11-224)
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$345.00
Wonderful folk art study of a carved wooden figure of Daruma in repose, signed “Shisei” with an extensive inscription on the base. Meiji period, late 19th century. Daruma’s expressive face with piercing eyes is beautifully rendered in great depth and detail. The figure is clad in a carved hooded robe which is softly draped over both shoulders, exposing a bare chest and stomach...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #677764 (stock #6-429A46)
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$995.00
This rare elegant pair of Japanese chrysanthemum-base candlestands (“kikuza-shokudai”) were hand crafted of solid bronze and date to the Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The tall upright shaft rests on a heavy eighteen-petal chrysanthemum base and culminates in a chrysanthemum-shaped candle dish with an upright pricket on which to position the candle within a circular support...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831A47)
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$320.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1183321 (stock #4A-194A35)
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$675.00
An unusual Japanese gosho ningyo doll dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Sublime pose as this chubby little figure holds twig branches in his right hand, and a turtle is suspended from his left. Breathtaking attention to detail throughout including chirimen silk costume and ribbon pattern (“mizuhiki”) on top of head. The doll has teeth, which is rare, and a feature found on only the highest quality dolls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #399353 (stock #11C-039)
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$220.00
This lovely spherical Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is finely woven from thin split bamboo strips and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1890. The warm burnished brown ovoid body is crafted primarily in the rhythmic “tomokumimono” technique, using even-sized widths of bamboo to create a textural refinement that has balance and elegance. Irregular “midare” plaiting produces a powerful and expressionistic character...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1207904 (stock #12-999A36)
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$175.00
This beautiful two-sided kimono sash (“obi”) is woven of the finest silk brocade and decorated with auspicious symbols in shimmering metallic soft pastel shades. Taisho period, early 20th century. The decorative motifs, which cover both sides of this reversible obi, include cranes, chrysanthemums, pines and fans in muted shades of gold, silver, rust red, ochre, aubergine, green, white, tan, gray and black on a beige silk ground...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #635244 (stock #12-170A6)
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$575.00
This striking Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and boldly decorated with the gracefully tied “noshi” design using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). 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 eve...
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.

Nabeshima porcelain was made at Okawachi, north of Arita, and was named after the prince who founde...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #105542 (stock #15-207A3)
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A fine embossed and polychromed leather tobacco pouch (“tobako-ire”) with large silver clasp (“kanemono”) depicting a karashishi with peony in relief. Late 19th century. The 10-strand brass chain, held together by a brass ojime-type fitting with relief work dragon, is fitted to a large kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with a gilded silver top, also worked with a dragon in low relief, within an ivory colored manju. The front of the embossed leather pouch is decorated with Japanese irises, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #994479 (stock #9A-044A39)
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$170.00
Vibrant translucent deep blue colored Chinese Peking (Beijing) glass bowl with scalloped rim and body. Qing dynasty, late 19th/early 20th century. The thin glass contains tiny air bubbles which are characteristic of glass from this period. The word “CHINA” is etched onto the bottom, indicating an export date after 1890 when it was required to mark the country of origin on any items exported into the United States. Because the bowl is simply marked CHINA, it can be determined that it was expo...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #430509 (stock #2B-734)
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$245.00
This unusual and attractive Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with nine overlapping roundel medallions in the popular “shochikubai” motif surrounding a central medallion with a gold phoenix (“ho-o” bird). Meiji period (1868-1912). Six roundels -- including the three large medallions with pine, plum and bamboo -- are decorated in underglaze blue. They are offset with three smaller roundels painted in overglaze iron red enamel and gilt. The gilded rim is encircled with an und...
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. Face and the hands are beautifully modeled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #582818 (stock #2B-810A6)
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This delightful Japanese underglaze blue and white Imari porcelain (“sometsuke”) plate has wonderful form and is boldly painted with a Shonsui style brocade decoration surrounded by roundels containing landscapes and scenes of daily life. Mid-late 19th century. The decoration on the interior of the plate copies a Chinese Tenkei design (Tianqi period, 1621-1627) with quartered brocades and a central Chinese rabbit, which has been freely drawn in the characteristic Shoki Imari style. The sixte...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #125746 (stock #2A-593)
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$95.00
Handsome glazed and decorated stoneware serving dish (“ishizara”) with overall mustard color on the interior accented with bold splashes of green and blue. The textured rim is decorated all around with short brown drips which match the rich brown glaze covering the exterior. This impressive folk ceramic, possibly Seto ware, appears to date to the1940’s or earlier. It is often difficult to identify the specific place of manufacture of many Japanese folk ceramics because the spread of techno...