Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #310312 (stock #11E-111A23)
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$360.00
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils...
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 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 : 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 : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #886772 (stock #4-279A5)
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$195.00
Large Japanese wooden Kobe toy or “ningyo” (doll) in the form of a man wearing an oversized top hat. Early 20th century. The top of his hat unscrews to reveal a red compartment which holds two small dice. His bone eyes protrude when the figure is moved, and his open mouth reveals a red tongue. His two wood arms are outstretched, and he holds a cane in his right hand and a bone wand in his left hand. The wood has been lacquered black to replicate ebony...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #59017 (stock #12-029A26)
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$345.00
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #110240 (stock #6-317A24)
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$425.00
Beautifully crafted cast brass or light bronze coffee pot with high relief decoration of a crane amid rough sea waves and two rabbits staring up at a crescent moon. An unidentified signature is impressed on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The handle is stylized, and there is a hinged cap on the top of the spout and a removable cover with finial. The crane, a symbol of long life and venerable old age, flies above the rough seas beneath a stylized cloud...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #167312 (stock #SB-26)
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$250.00
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...
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 : 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #920601 (stock #6-456A2)
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$325.00
Each side of this most unusual brass match safe is decorated with relief figures running in a rainy landscape scene inside a cartouche surrounded by a scaly repousse dragon. Meiji period; late 19th/early 20th century. The two figures are hunched forward, running into the driving rain, one with an umbrella and the other holding a straw bundle. The scene is evocative of the sudden shower in Hiroshige’s woodblock print “Kameyama” from the famous “53 Stations of the Tokaido,” which was lik...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #170324 (stock #11A-101)
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$595.00
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. Fourteen large copper studs decorated the top rim, and the ring drawer pull i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #737267 (stock #2-826)
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$330.00
This lovely Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a scalloped or “rinka” rim is decorated with a central medallion surrounded by a paneled border, and it dates to the Edo period (late 18th century). The interior edge of the dish is hand painted with an unusual honeycomb-like design which alternates with leafy sections. These panels surround a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. “Sho” represents the pine tree for ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$695.00
These matched Japanese black and red lacquered sake containers in sleeve cask form (“sodedaru”) are decorated with the family crest (mon) which depicts a water plantain “(omodaka”) plant. Dating to the early 20th century, both are signed. Red lacquer trims the top, bottom and side edges of the container, and the mon on the front side is finished in silver lacquer. This color contrast is quite pleasing. A brass pouring spout rises from a red and black lacquer carved opening, and the facet...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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$2850.00
This unique large bronze personal hibachi or hand-warmer in the form of Daruma, the patron saint of Zen Buddhism, dates to the 18th century, possibly circa 1700 or earlier. The base is inscribed “Fujiwara saku” in katakibibori, the uneven engraving imitating brush strokes. The interior of the base also contains a relief cast family crest, the “hanabishi” (China flower) design of the “Takeda no Shingen mon,” which indicates that this piece may likely even be of 17th century production...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #636400 (stock #11-338A14)
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$650.00
This absolutely extraordinary oversized hibachi or brazier in natural form was skillfully crafted from the wood burl of a keyaki (zelkova) tree trunk and dates to the late 19th/early 20th century. The heavy body was created from a beautifully grained keyaki wood tree trunk, and it branches out to a highly irregular base that had once been four natural root sections. One of the root ends has been cut back to keep the hibachi to a manageable size. There is a small horizontal burl wood inset which ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #671795 (stock #2-820A27)
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$195.00
This circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate 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 brigh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #51853 (stock #2B-381)
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$230.00
Lovely Japanese porcelain bowl, likely Seto ware, which may also be a scaled-down hibachi or handwarmer known as “te-aburi.” Meiji period. The clear underglaze cobalt blue decoration is beautifully hand-painted in great detail with freely drawn designs of peonies and weeping willows. A double underglaze blue ring encircles the foot. Seto porcelain glazes are more glassy than those of Imari, and the paste is somewhat coarser. In 1807 Kato Tamikichi, who had spent years studying the various k...