Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #989195 (stock #9A-043A37)
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$295.00
Transparent Chinese glass brush washer in globular form decorated with clear red glass overlay carved in relief to reveal the eight trigrams of the I Ching and the symbol for yin and yang. We believe it dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, Qing dynasty to early Republic. The red overlay glass on the base is encircled by lappets, and the same red lappet design surrounds the mouth...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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$210.00
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 #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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #46705 (stock #2C-281)
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$245.00
This unusually shaped Bizen ware sake flask (“tokkuri”) has an irregular pinched body and a tall neck. Early 20th century, probably Meiji. You can see that it has been wheel thrown. This is a wonderfully tactile piece with a great “feel,” and it fits perfectly into the hand for pouring. A rich natural ash glaze covers the shoulder and some of the protruding angles, culminating in glaze splotches on some surface areas...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #521068 (stock #11-249A13)
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$295.00
This diminutive Japanese mask has been carved from finely grained hardwood, likely keyaki, and represents the face of the comic demon Buaku from a Kyogen play. We believe the mask itself dates to the early 20th century or even earlier; the lucite shadowbox frame in which it is mounted on coarse beige fabric is of a later date. The grim-faced visage has a closed mouth with upper teeth exposed and clenched over the lower lip. The mask is slightly broader across the base than across the top...
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 : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #149870 (stock #SB-18)
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$275.00
This simple four case black lacquer inro has a leathery sharkskin-like texture which is decorated with etched designs of scrolling vines (karakusa). Meiji period (1868-1912). Plain black lacquer interior. The ojime consists of a simple mottled turquoise glass bead. Inro are small Japanese containers made in several sections which are fitted on top of each other so perfectly that the joints are hardly noticeable. They required great skill to craft...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429A42)
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This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #280226 (stock #2-673A34)
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$295.00
This fine quality Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish in Nabeshima style is beautifully decorated in various shades of underglaze blue with three sailing ships on a rolling sea against a soft pale blue ground. Meiji period, ca. 1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls and the classic Nabeshima style underglaze blue comb-tooth pattern on the high foot (“kushikodai”). The characteristic fine-grained milky whit...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1920 item #994479 (stock #9A-044A39)
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$170.00
Vibrant translucent deep blue colored Chinese Peking (Beijing) glass bowl with scalloped rim and body. Qing dynasty, late 19th/early 20th century. The thin glass contains tiny air bubbles which are characteristic of glass from this period. The word “CHINA” is etched onto the bottom, indicating an export date after 1890 when it was required to mark the country of origin on any items exported into the United States. Because the bowl is simply marked CHINA, it can be determined that it was expo...
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). “Tsutsu” means “tube” and “gaki” means “drawing,” the rice-paste resist being applied to the cotton with a paper cone havi...
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. Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #534628 (stock #6B-410A13)
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$295.00
Japanese bronze water dropper (“suiteki”) in gourd form with handle and spout. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned. The top surface is decorated with low relief casting of gourd leaves and vines, on which a slight copper colored sheen has developed. The diminutive bronze handle has been cast in “mokko” form.

A suiteki was an essential element of the scholar’s desk. It was used by calligraphers and painters to wet an inkstone with measured drops of water. A finger would be held over ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230.00
This unusual studio porcelain bowl is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels with designs of morning glories. Early 20th century. There is a three character underglaze blue signature, set off to the left side on the base, which we have not been able to identify. The interior is hand painted with morning glory blossoms in shades of white, blue and peach. Leaves are drawn in green and blue. The flowers are decorated with gold highlights, and the lip is fully gilded. The outsid...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #167312 (stock #SB-26)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese tortoise shell comb (“kushi”) is painstakingly decorated on both sides with gold takamakie (raised lacquer) on a black lacquer ground. Signed “Gyoku Kou.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The fine repeating design of rolling gold waves is juxtaposed against two floral medallions on this simple yet elegant comb. There is even an iridescent sprinkling of inlaid agaoi (abalone shell) representing dew drops on the leaves of the flowers.

To Japanese women, hair ornaments wer...