Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #291382 (stock #6B-349)
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$1,250.00
This elegant and distinctly Japanese bronze flower vessel was cast in futabana style with a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Mid to late 19th century. Just above the shoulder and on either side of the neck, which is deeply engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831)
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$450.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #805923 (stock #2-572)
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$995.00
This deep oversized Japanese Imari blue and white porcelain charger (“sometsuke ozara”) is decorated with a hand painted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Edo period, early 19th century. The classic meijin karakusa design, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
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...
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...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #399353 (stock #11C-039)
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$395.00
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #78835 (stock #2A-483)
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$495.00
Richly glazed studio pottery bottle vase in tear drop form with “Wakazan” seal mark on a brown base, ca.1900. A thick olive green and brown glaze covers the heavily potted stoneware body. Shades of blue and gold flambe are randomly scattered over the body, with a gold glaze drip around the neck beneath the lip. The interior of the mouth radiates with lustrous and brilliant shades of blue and gold glaze in flambe drips...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #850726 (stock #TK-1)
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$120.00
“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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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$695.00
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. The bold and strongly rendere...
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. Thin borders with a key fret design surround both the curved top and the heavy foot.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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$330.00
This lovely Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a scalloped or “rinka” rim is decorated with a central medallion surrounded by a paneled border, and it dates to the Edo period (late 18th century). The interior edge of the dish is hand painted with an unusual honeycomb-like design which alternates with leafy sections. These panels surround a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. “Sho” represents the pine tree for ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #709273 (stock #11F-143A38)
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$250.00
This exquisitely delicate gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are beautifully decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and gold takamakie (raised lacquer) floral and leaf designs with accents of gold kirigane inlay on a gold lacquer ground. (Kirigane is a technique in which metallic foil is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #911519 (stock #4A-090A38)
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$875.00
This delightful Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), wearing a high hat and holding a rattle with bells, appears to be resting after doing the Sambaso dance. Meiji period (1868-1912). This doll was crafted by Maruhei, a long-established doll shop in Kyoto founded in 1779 and renown for the masterly performance of its craftsmen. As with all Maruhei dolls, this gosho ningyo is of the very highest quality. Rich in detail, it was well modeled in an artfully executed pose. The one-piece body is...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and Imari wares, and blue and white sometsuke porcelains with the takokarakusa design are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese m...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770A41)
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$570.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim. The back side is beautifully crackled buff-colored pottery beneath a clear gla...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150.00
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. After studying painting and ceramics and traveling abroad, h...