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 : Wood : Pre 1920 item #130322 (stock #15-209A16)
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$195.00
Lovely Japanese oval paulownia (kiri) wood guest hibachi with makie lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl decoration. Early 20th century. These wooden holders for a charcoal container and the bamboo cylinder are also called smoker’s hibachi or “tabako-bon.” The front of the thick, densely-grained kiri wood body is decorated with large gold makie lacquer hydrangea blossoms and gold and silvery lacquered leaves, some of which are highlighted with mother-of-pearl inlays...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #828082 (stock #2-850)
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$595.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #156787 (stock #2-616A42)
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$250.00
This fine Japanese blue and white porcelain vase is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue foliate design of birds and flowers on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and karahana (China flowers)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1052626 (stock #2C-413)
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$1,750.00
This impressive Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain everted rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Late Edo/early Meiji period, mid-19th century. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2-658A46)
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #291382 (stock #6B-349)
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$1,250.00
This elegant and distinctly Japanese bronze flower vessel was cast in futabana style with a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Mid to late 19th century. Just above the shoulder and on either side of the neck, which is deeply engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #60069 (stock #2C-229)
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$150.00
This unusual candle-shaped sake bottle or “rosoku-tokkuri,” which is covered with a deep dark brown glaze, is an example of Tachikui/Tamba ware. Meiji/Taisho period. Unglazed calligraphic symbols, drawn with a wax resist, surround the square-shouldered body of the bottle. The village of Tachikui, located in an isolated mountain region of northern Hyogo Prefecture, is the last pottery village in Tamba. The dominant color of the Tachikui wares is a rich deep brown...
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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #688277 (stock #2A-798)
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$995.00
This absolutely charming Japanese portable ceramic brazier or handwarmer, called a “te-aburi” or “shuro,” was whimsically modeled in the shape of a crouching rabbit. Meiji period (1868-1912). The heavily potted creature is covered with a coat of white feldspathic shino glaze which is nicely crackled and textured. A signature or kiln mark is incised on the glazed base, and the te-aburi comes with its original wooden storage box (“tomobako”)...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1143638 (stock #2-86263A42)
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SOLD
These two lovely Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dishes are elegantly decorated in various shades of underglaze blue, each with a large white lotus blossom molded in low relief. Meiji period (1868-1912). The reverse bears a three-character underglaze blue mark which reads “Hirado Yaki” or Hirado ware. (This mark can be found on page 149 of “Hirado: Prince of Porcelains” by Louis Lawrence.) Each dish has the characteristic fine-grained milky white porcelain body which...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1910 item #1283398 (stock #4-034)
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$495.00
Rare hand-operated Japanese wooden Kobe toy or “ningyo” (doll) representing a man pouring and drinking sake. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1910. When the knob is manually turned, mechanisms within the box set his head, mouth and arms in motion in perfect coordination. Upon turning the knob back and forth, the left handed doll pours sake from a flask into a sake cup. At the same time, the figure opens his mouth, extends his tongue and lowers his head while bringing the sake cup up to his face to t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #680584 (stock #6B-307A20)
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$195.00
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 : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #105542 (stock #15-207A3)
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SOLD
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. The front of the embossed leather pouch is decorated with Japanese irises, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #52575 (stock #2A-205)
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$195.00
This high-standing ceramic shop hibachi (“mise-hibachi”) features a ribbed concentric ring design with a deep brown glaze streaked with mottled ochre and blue flambe glazes on all sides. Likely Seto ware, Taisho period. Just below the lip is a subtle Chinese key design, which can be seen at certain angles but did not appear in our photographs. There is a thick ceramic divider in the middle to hold the hot coals. The body is hollow above and below this divider, with two cut-out handles on eit...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #430509 (stock #2B-734)
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$245.00
This unusual and attractive Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with nine overlapping roundel medallions in the popular “shochikubai” motif surrounding a central medallion with a gold phoenix (“ho-o” bird). Meiji period (1868-1912). Six roundels -- including the three large medallions with pine, plum and bamboo -- are decorated in underglaze blue. They are offset with three smaller roundels painted in overglaze iron red enamel and gilt. The gilded rim is encircled with an und...