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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #496201 (stock #6-397A22)
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$295.00
This unusual copper match-safe is wonderfully decorated in high relief with blossoming spider chrysanthemums. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Both sides feature two large spider mums, their gracefully arching petals beautifully rendered in superb detail. Because it was used to carry wooden stick matches, the case’s bottom has a grooved strike-a-light...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #149094 (stock #2A-517)
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$395.00
The body of this handsome early 20th century Japanese folk ceramic hibachi in rounded 10-sided form is glazed in rich dark brown with an unctuous blue and mauve flambe glaze on its rim and dripping down its sides. The upper half of the interior is washed in brown glaze. We have been unable to determine the folk kiln of its origin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #170324 (stock #11A-101)
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$275.00
This handsome Japanese tobacco box, made from finely grained keyaki wood, is crafted in miniature naga-hibachi (long firebox) form. Late 19th century. An inner wood lip encloses the original copper liner, and the bamboo cylinder ash receptacle is also original. There is one tiny drawer which has been cut from the same piece of hardwood as the body, so the grain across the drawer front is perfectly matched with the box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1183321 (stock #4A-194A35)
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$675.00
An unusual Japanese gosho ningyo doll dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Sublime pose as this chubby little figure holds twig branches in his right hand, and a turtle is suspended from his left. Breathtaking attention to detail throughout including chirimen silk costume and ribbon pattern (“mizuhiki”) on top of head. The doll has teeth, which is rare, and a feature found on only the highest quality dolls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #694438 (stock #2D-109A19)
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$395.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual ceramic sake set in classic Chinese fa-hua style is of Japanese origin and dates to the late Meiji period, ca. 1880-1912. The two sake flasks (“tokkuri”) are signed on the bottom in underglaze blue with the six character mark which reads “Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo” (Eiraku made)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #457205 (stock #11C-040)
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$375.00
This expressive freestyle Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is woven from both thin and thick split bamboo strips and likely dates to the early 20th century. An unidentified three-character signature is carved into one of the bamboo strips on the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #617613 (stock #12-162)
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$795.00
This unusual Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with colorful Japanese fans (“ogi”) using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Five pairs of open fans and two closed fans boldly decorate the cover. Each open fan has a different auspicious design beautifully drawn and dyed within, their muted shades of pink, gray and lighter blues contrasting nicely with the dark rich indigo blue background...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #625516 (stock #12-189A27)
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$850.00
Using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki,” this dramatic Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with origami cranes, pine trees and snow. Meiji period, late 19th century. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”) in melon (“mokko”) form. Surrounding the mon and filling each of the four corners are pine trees in the snow accented with folded paper “origami” cranes...
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 #607239 (stock #6-338A27)
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$295.00
This wonderful brass Japanese match-safe in unusual form was made in repousse with designs of birds beneath a full moon and clouds. Meiji/Taisho period. Both sides feature a kestral or falcon (“taka”) sitting on the thick branch of a tree with leaves and berries, possibly a grapevine. Above the kestral hangs a huge full moon emerging from small, whispy clouds. Two smaller birds appear in flight near the moon...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #513578 (stock #2-766A28)
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$595.00
This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The underside rim with three formal sprays of extended peony and the high foot rim with serrated blue comb are characteristic of Nabeshima ware.

Nabeshima porcelain was made at Okawachi, north of Arita, and was named after the prince who founde...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2B-658)
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$1,250.00
This classic, thickly potted early Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vine) around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. It dates to the first half of the 19th century. Blue and white sometsuke porcelains with karakusa designs are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese market, and they are highly prized b...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #360824 (stock #2B-711)
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$595.00
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. An underglaze blue triangular shaped border enc...
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 1920 item #40475 (stock #2-433)
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$280.00
Meiji period Kaga-style porcelain footed sake cup rinsing bowl (“haisen’) of exceptional quality. On the base are two black brush written characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is highly decorated in polychrome and gilt enamels in a brocade pattern. The soft white interior of the bowl shades to blue and reveals a graceful gilded swimming koi in its center. The exterior is decorated with three floral medallions featuring iris, chrysanthem...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #704251 (stock #12-156A35)
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$850.00
This handsome 19th century Japanese futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) is made of four panels of 100% home spun cotton sewn together lengthwise and then decorated with a resist dyed design of a large pine tree. Meiji period (1868-1912). Rice paste was used as the resist and indigo was used for the two colors of blue -- very dark and a lighter shade of blue. The boughs of the large pine are subtly intertwined with bamboo leaves and plum blossoms, creating the auspicious “sho-chiku-b...