Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #916181 (stock #5-240)
This very rare and enigmatic bronze seal, known in Japan as an “ito-in” or silk seal, was likely cast in China around the 16th century during the Ming dynasty. The finial is a horse and rider, with an aperture for a cord on one arm. The octagonal base, considerably thinner than an ordinary seal, has an engraved design that looks like a strange Chinese character.

During the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Japan began to import great quantities of silk from China...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #151525 (stock #SB-19)
This exquisite diminutive inro is decorated on both sides with shimmering iridescent aogai (“blue-green shell”) inlay depicting peony blossoms and leaves interspersed with small pieces of gold foil inlay (kirigane) on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned; black lacquer interior. Roiro is a technique using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. It is only used on the highest quality inro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #149870 (stock #SB-18)
This simple four case black lacquer inro has a leathery sharkskin-like texture which is decorated with etched designs of scrolling vines (karakusa). Meiji period (1868-1912). Plain black lacquer interior. The ojime consists of a simple mottled turquoise glass bead. Inro are small Japanese containers made in several sections which are fitted on top of each other so perfectly that the joints are hardly noticeable. They required great skill to craft...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #105542 (stock #15-207A3)
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...