Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #85728 (stock #6-340A33)
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$295
Fine three-part bronze usubata with rectangular handles, silver inlay, and a curvilinear trifoot base. Late 19th century. This is a classical container for the ikenobo school of ikebana. The design on the front of the body depicts a silver goose in low relief standing on a river bank under a banana tree. The tree and two leaves are engraved into the bronze body, and a third leaf is inlaid with delicate silver wires. Scattered horizontal silver wires next to the bank suggest water...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #80007 (stock #2C-297)
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$225
This lovely Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) has an overall transfer printed decoration in the “mijin karakusa” pattern. Meiji period. The mijin karakusa pattern is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, this one in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little curls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #636400 (stock #11-338A14)
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$650
This absolutely extraordinary oversized hibachi or brazier in natural form was skillfully crafted from the wood burl of a keyaki (zelkova) tree trunk and dates to the late 19th/early 20th century. The heavy body was created from a beautifully grained keyaki wood tree trunk, and it branches out to a highly irregular base that had once been four natural root sections. One of the root ends has been cut back to keep the hibachi to a manageable size...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #54806 (stock #4-017)
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$650
Three standing Japanese ladies-in-waiting Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina matsuri”) dolls on black lacquer base with six-panel gold folding screen. Meiji period. Their expressive faces have several layers of gofun, with delicately painted hairlines, eyelashes and eyebrows. Their mouths are open, showing teeth and tongue, and they have inset glass eyes. There are signatures on the wood stems of their removable heads...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #828082 (stock #2-850)
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$595
This heavily potted Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with an underglaze blue design of an open fan depicting Mount Fuji rising into the clouds above a village landscape scene. It was made in the Edo period, dating to early 1800’s. Behind the fan, the dish is painted with a “cracked ice” motif (“hyochikumon”) background decoration. The painting on the front is bold and freely executed...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1004903 (stock #8-058)
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$1,425
This elegant example of Japanese Golden Age cloisonne is a hexagonal vase decorated with irises and cranes on a turquoise enamel body that tapers gracefully up to a long slender neck. The brass base is stamped with the mark of Adachi Kinjiro of Nagoya. Meiji period (1868-1912). Lustrous colored opaque enamels fill silver wires to depict two white cranes in a stream surrounded by a profusion of white and purple irises...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #671795 (stock #2-820A27)
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$195
This circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #79361 (stock #16-011)
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$120
The Japanese “sumi-tsubo” was used by carpenters to mark long, straight, precise cut-lines on the surface of timber. This mid-19th century Edo period sumi-tsubo (“ink pot”) was hand-crafted from durable and finely grained keyaki wood. The partially visible wheel held a line of twisted thread which was fed off the spool into a rectangular well and out through a hole where it would be attached to a stickpin. India ink was kept soaked into a wad of cotton in the well...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230
This unusual studio porcelain bowl is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels with designs of morning glories...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #680584 (stock #6B-307A20)
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$195
This fine pair of early 20th century Japanese silver napkin rings, which are contained in their original box, are incised with figures of Okame and Daruma and ornamented with gold and shakudo inlays using the numone-zogan technique. Numone-zogan is sometimes classified as an overlay or an onlay technique as opposed to an inlay one inasmuch as there are no grooves cut for the inlaid metals. These are stamped “sterling” above the number 950 and the letters SBD on the inside of each ring, and t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #94045 (stock #6-316A6)
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$90
This double-sided page turner, beautifully worked in light bronze, features a handle crafted in high relief depicting rats on a bamboo shoot. Early 20th century. The scimitar-form blade is engraved on both sides with leaves and “Buddha’s hand” fruit, an aromatic but inedible citron that is said in its irregular shape to resemble the hand of Buddha. There is an engraved insect on one side and a bird on the other. The handle, which is the same on both sides, has been formed into a bamboo sho...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #179155 (stock #2-640)
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$450
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.

When the history of the role of utensils used in Japan...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #416403 (stock #2-737A25)
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$295
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.

Fukagawa porcelain is generally noted for its fine ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #278024 (stock #2C-382A25)
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$475
This stunning Japanese polychrome Imari porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in unusual bell shape is decorated with two bell shaped panels depicting ho-ho birds (phoenix) and paulownia leaves in vibrant polychrome enamels and underglaze blue on a pure white ground. Mid to late 19th century. The base is marked with the six-character Chinese Ming Dynasty reign mark, “Cheng Hua” (“Dai Min Sei Ka Nen Sei” in Japanese) within a high raised foot rim encircled by two blue lines, and the botto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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$2,850
This unique large bronze personal hibachi or hand-warmer in the form of Daruma, the patron saint of Zen Buddhism, dates to the 18th century, possibly circa 1700 or earlier. The base is inscribed “Fujiwara saku” in katakibibori, the uneven engraving imitating brush strokes. The interior of the base also contains a relief cast family crest, the “hanabishi” (China flower) design of the “Takeda no Shingen mon,” which indicates that this piece may likely even be of 17th century production...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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$210
The interior of this large footed brown lacquer bowl (“takatsuki”) is superbly decorated with the plumes of autumn grasses finely hand painted in gold makie lacquer. Meiji/Taisho period. The simple brown lacquer exterior is completely undecorated. Pampas grass (“susuki”) is one of the Seven Grasses of Autumn. In Japanese literary and artistic canons, this sight of pampas grass is almost invariably linked to moonlit settings, and cuttings of the plant are displayed in connection with autu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$695
These matched Japanese black and red lacquered sake containers in sleeve cask form (“sodedaru”) are decorated with the family crest (mon) which depicts a water plantain “(omodaka”) plant. Dating to the early 20th century, both are signed. Red lacquer trims the top, bottom and side edges of the container, and the mon on the front side is finished in silver lacquer. This color contrast is quite pleasing. A brass pouring spout rises from a red and black lacquer carved opening, and the facet...