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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793A44)
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$300.00
This wonderful early example of Japanese mingei folk ceramics is a thick “bedding tile” in rare snowflake form that was likely potted at the Seto kilns in the late Edo period, ca. 1800-1850. The glazed tile is boldly hand painted with a classic freestyle floral design in brown iron oxide and cobalt blue on a clear crazed ground. The bottom is unglazed except for the edges where the glaze from the front has overrun the sides...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #190438 (stock #SB-29)
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$650.00
This rectangular earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been boldly decorated with blossoming plum branches on a cobalt blue and buff crackle-glazed ground. Edo period, early 19th century. The unglazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are also glazed in similar colors, have an iron oxide brown lip rim. The iron brown and cobalt blue enamels are freely painted beneath a glossy transparent glaze...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1128846 (stock #11-369A24)
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$495.00
Carved from a large piece of heavily grained wood, this humble-looking maneki-neko cat sits on its haunches in the classic pose with its left paw up and wears a charming wide-eyed expression on its face. Late Edo/early Meiji period (ca. 1850). This sculpture was roughly executed in the “single-blade carving” technique known as “itto bori,” which produces a faceted surface, with each facet reflecting a single cut...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #518069 (stock #2B-571)
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$325.00
This classic Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a hand painted “mijin karakusa” design and five large flower blossoms in underglaze blue on a white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The mijin 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 : 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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #151525 (stock #SB-19A48)
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$2,200.00
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #137270 (stock #SB-1)
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$95.00
This Japanese ceramic teapot is an unusual example of early (“ko”) Satsuma ware. Ca. 1900. The lid and upper two-thirds of the body are covered with deep brown globules of thick glaze. This is a later form of the earlier “jakatsu-gusuri” glazing, which is also known as sharkskin or dragon scale glaze. The glaze was formulated in such a way that it pulled away from portions of the clay surface into small drops, producing an interesting blistered texture...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #59017 (stock #12-029A26)
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$180.00
This handsome indigo cotton “furoshiki” (carrying cloth) with three vertical panel construction features a flying crane descending upon the branch of a large gnarled pine tree. Meiji/Taisho period. There is an oval red seal with white characters beneath the crane’s wing. The design technique employed is hand-drawn, starch-resist dyeing (“tsutsugaki)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #731428 (stock #12-185A20)
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$995.00
This beautiful hand-knotted cotton pile Japanese carpet (“dantsu”) with its stunning and bold design originated from Ako in Hyogo Prefecture, an area famous for its carpet production during the Meiji and Taisho periods. Ca. 1910-1925...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #704610 (stock #4-020)
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$895.00
This wonderful Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese Boys’ Day doll (“musha ningyo”) represents the Emperor Ojin. He is seated on a black wooden camp stool which sits on fur skin rug. He has glass eyes and a serene, enigmatic expression on his flesh-colored gofun (crushed oyster shell) face. An incredible level of attention to detail was paid to the textiles and warrior accessories on this ningyo. He is regally outfitted in a luxurious brocade kimono under his chased metal armor, and he wears ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #278024 (stock #2C-382A25)
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$475.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #724846 (stock #2C-424)
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$395.00
This handsome, heavily potted Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) sake bottle or “tokkuri” in bulbous ovoid form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with “tako-karakusa” (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain white lip rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Early 20th century. The glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines.

Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa pat...

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.

Over the past few decades, the obi has gained popularity a...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #465368 (stock #11E-132A14)
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This elegant and refined square lacquer tray with rounded edges is decorated with four family crests (mons) in gold makie lacquer on a rich glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Meiji period, early 20th century. Roiro-nuri is a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers. Round gold makie lacquer crests of noble families include the crane, melon, feathers and wisteria. The edge is finished with gold lacquer. Serving trays such as this were used ...
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 : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1251108 (stock #11-379A40)
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$675.00
This wonderful lacquered wood shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) was hand carved to advertise a shop that sold medicine and likely dates to the early 20th century, Meiji/Taisho period. The round trade sign was carved in low relief, coated with black lacquer and then gilded with layers of gold makie lacquer (powdered gold mixed with lacquer). There is a small rectangular panel at the top in which a horse has been painted. The kanji beneath the horse reads “Dai nihon Osaka Nakai Kazuma sei...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #785665 (stock #2-835)
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$195.00
This elegant Japanese studio porcelain dish is hand painted with a relief design of Mt. Fuji in soft and subtle hues. Ca.1900-1910. On the reverse there is a four-character signature in underglaze blue that reads “Senpoen sei” (made by Senpoen), a porcelain manufacturer in Gifu City.

Mt. Fuji is painted in a soft grayish off-white tone, and its snow-capped peak is rendered in low relief with stark white slip glaze. The peak of the sacred mountain rises up against the palest of blue skies...