Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #717391 (stock #12-165)
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$1,250.00
This most unusual Japanese futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) was made from a kimono-shaped sleeping quilt called a “yogi.” Based upon the heavy, home-spun 100% cotton and the excellent quality of the tsutsugaki drawing, we can date it to the late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-19th century). Also, futon covers made from yogi tend to be older ones. This cover has four and a half strips of indigo cotton sewn together lengthwise, another characteristic of yogi construction...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #401837 (stock #6-386A23)
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$395.00
Delightful little Japanese bronze scroll weight cast and modeled in wonderful detail to depict a seated female karako holding a large lotus leaf. Meiji period, late 19th century. This diminutive work of art has a beautiful rich patina that comes with age and only after years of handling. The term “karako” refers generically to small Chinese children as they are portrayed in Japanese art...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #190438 (stock #SB-29)
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$850.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #604925 (stock #2-643A22)
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$375.00
This stunning Imari sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain dish) has been molded in the form of Mount Fuji and decorated with a design of Miho-no-Matsubara (pine groves in Miho). Late 19th/early 20th century. Beneath the snowcapped peak of Mt. Fuji is a lake and landscape scene with mountains and pine trees hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue in extremely fine detail. The lower edges of the dish are decorated with swirling blue clouds...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #272762 (stock #11-224)
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$345.00
Wonderful folk art study of a carved wooden figure of Daruma in repose, signed “Shisei” with an extensive inscription on the base. Meiji period, late 19th century. Daruma’s expressive face with piercing eyes is beautifully rendered in great depth and detail. The figure is clad in a carved hooded robe which is softly draped over both shoulders, exposing a bare chest and stomach...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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$325.00
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...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #98637 (stock #2B-583)
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$245.00
Classic Japanese blue and white Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) low bowl with fluted edge decorated with handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Mid-19th century. The meijin 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #313901 (stock #2B-667)
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$280.00
This unusual Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with six thick blue rimmed horseman roundels surrounding a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” boat picture like those on late Ming dynasty Red Cliff bowls. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #766912 (stock #11-350A15)
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$595.00
This wonderfully detailed boxwood tray has been realistically carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf holding a lotus flower seed pod. Meiji period (1868-1912)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #488623 (stock #2B-778)
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$950.00
These classic Arita porcelain vases in desirable fluted double gourd form are painstakingly decorated in Kakiemon style with soft overglaze enamels. Meiji period (1868-1920). The base bears a red “fuku” (good fortune or happiness) mark. The front of each vase is finely hand painted in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, aubergine and gold enamels over a clear bright white glaze. The elegant brushwork decoration includes a long-tailed ho-o bird (phoenix) and other small...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #161754 (stock #11E-036)
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$195.00
Lovely Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) decorated with bright silver and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground highlighted with gold lacquer details. Early 20th century. 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 lacquer items. To Japanese women, hair ornaments were much more than mere accessories to feminine hair-do and attire. The comb progre...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1147780 (stock #2-577)
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$395.00
This heavy Japanese porcelain bottle was made at the Arita kilns for export to the Dutch market as a container for soy sauce. Edo period, 18th/19th century. It has straight sides beneath a sloping shoulder which tapers to a slender neck with a double lip. The recessed base is glazed. The front is stenciled with the word “Japanschzoya” (Dutch for Japanese soy) and marked “CPD” in underglaze blue. The reverse has a circular blue stamp with “CPD” surrounded by the words “Comprador Dec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #386181 (stock #2B-719)
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$280.00
This attractive Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) bowl with scalloped rim and six panels surrounding a central medallion likely dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. Each divided panel is decorated in brilliant underglaze cobalt blue with alternating landscape designs surrounding a central roundel containing three fruit. The reverse is decorated with a continuous underglaze cobalt blue karakusa scroll design, and four blue rings encircle the unglazed foot. There is an unde...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #258152 (stock #6-350A18)
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$495.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a spherical base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a trumpet mouth, and its front side is decorated with a high relief crab on lotus leaves. The engraved three character signature on the base reads “made by MASANOBU.” Ca. 1885. Masanobu was a member of the Myochin family, master metalsmiths from the 16th century and noted in the late 19th century for the production of metal animal life. The lotus leaves and the ripples in the water ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #582818 (stock #2B-810A6)
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$380.00
This delightful Japanese underglaze blue and white Imari porcelain (“sometsuke”) plate has wonderful form and is boldly painted with a Shonsui style brocade decoration surrounded by roundels containing landscapes and scenes of daily life. Mid-late 19th century. The decoration on the interior of the plate copies a Chinese Tenkei design (Tianqi period, 1621-1627) with quartered brocades and a central Chinese rabbit, which has been freely drawn in the characteristic Shoki Imari style. The sixte...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #636239 (stock #2-816A14)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) plate is boldly hand painted with large iris blossoms and a bud in brilliant cobalt blue on a clear white ground. Ca. 1900-1920, Meiji period. There is a single unidentified mark in underglaze blue on the reverse which looks somewhat like a “tama,” the sacred jewel motif. The shape of the dish with its scalloped rim, which has a thin cobalt blue border, is itself reminiscent of a flower blossom. The front is decorated with bloom...