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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #164162 (stock #11E-101A49)
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$225.00
This fine early Showa period Japanese black and gold lacquer miniature Buddhist shrine (“zushi”) contains a wood figure of the seated saint Nichiren-shonin, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The shrine, which dates to ca. 1940, is crafted in rounded rectangular form with double-hinged doors and engraved brass fittings. The rich black lacquered exterior opens to reveal a mellow gold lacquered interior with a gilded transom, the inside of which is covered with red lacquer...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #551671 (stock #2B-800)
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$330.00
This classic early Japanese blue and white ko Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Late 18th /early 19th century. The meijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
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 : 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #416403 (stock #2-737A25)
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$295.00
Lovely little Japanese porcelain ovoid from vase decorated in underglaze gray enamels and overglaze iron-red enamel and gilt with a dragon emerging from swirling storm clouds. Meiji period (1868-1912). The base is marked with the mountain trademark of the Fukagawa Porcelain Manufacturing Company painted in underglaze blue. Accents of gilt encircle the foot and the neck and highlight the two simulated ring handles on either side of the vase...
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...
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #360824 (stock #2B-711)
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$395.00
This large elegant Japanese blue and white porcelain foliate rimmed bowl is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue floral design on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and imperial flowers: the paulownia and kiku-mon chrysanthemum...
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. We believe this dish to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to the mid-20th century. The front is decorated with large vibrant red and pale yellow hibiscus blossoms and unopened red buds in overglaze enamels. The blossoms and b...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #633694 (stock #11E-139A2)
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$280.00
This large red and black lacquer deep dish in chrysanthemum form with relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The carved edges of the bowl represent the sixteen petals of a chrysanthemum blossom. This design originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum. The central medallion is carved in relief with three overlapping chrysanthemum leaves. The reverse is com...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1221785 (stock #2D-108A40)
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$250.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual sake drinking set includes two Arita porcelain sake flasks (“tokkuri”) and three embossed pewter sake cups (“sakazuki” or “guinomi”). Early 20th century, pre-war. The two flasks are hand painted in shonsui style with diapered panels and bands in underglaze blue on a clear white ground (“sometsuke”). The panels alternate between a landscape scene, geometric patterns, and a calligraphic poem. The flat n...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #179155 (stock #2-640)
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$450.00
This large and heavy Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger with foliate rim is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves containing landscape scenes and flowers on a ground of linear designs and geometric patterns. Mid-19th century. Its depth actually makes it a huge shallow bowl. On the reverse are more simply drawn floral scrolls. Underglaze blue lines encircle the foot, which appears to contain three spur marks.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1194473 (stock #11-375A36)
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$395.00
This delightful little house and garden tableau contains an incredibly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures. Crafted almost entirely of beautifully grained bamboo pieces which all fit together snugly, the le...
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. Midare, which utilizes bamboo strips freely plaited...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #972656 (stock #2-821)
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$195.00
Three circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plates with a fluted brown rim has been decorated in Kraak style and dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. The back is marked with a distinctive underglaze blue two character archaic style mark which appeared on Arita porcelains ca. 1790 to 1810. (See “Shibata Collection, Part IV, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum” page 274.) The design follows a classic Kraak pattern of the early seventeenth century. The interior is hand painted in bri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #310312 (stock #11E-111A23)
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$360.00
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils. Kana-gai is a techniq...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #493419 (stock #6B-398A6)
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$1,250.00
This striking two-piece Japanese cast bronze ikebana flower arranging vessel is made in an elegant variation of the classic “usubata” shape, a form which carries a long pedigree within the Japanese flower arrangement tradition. Meiji period (1868-1912). The base has been extensively inscribed with a commemoration and the signature of the artist, which reads either Sho Ryu or Masa Tatsu. The front of the large wooden tomobako storage box bears the inscription “Usubata liked by Raiseian,” ...