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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #717391 (stock #12-165A45)
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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 1920 item #770456 (stock #6-435)
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$175.00
These Japanese bronze "kugikakushi" (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) were relief cast in the form of stylized dragons coiled to form the shape of stylized clouds. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The dragons were cast in high relief against a punched ground with tiny circles. Both kugikakushi have backplates and the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts. Fancy kugikakushi such as these were usually decorated with various good luck and auspicious motifs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1207904 (stock #12-999A36)
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$175.00
This beautiful two-sided kimono sash (“obi”) is woven of the finest silk brocade and decorated with auspicious symbols in shimmering metallic soft pastel shades. Taisho period, early 20th century. The decorative motifs, which cover both sides of this reversible obi, include cranes, chrysanthemums, pines and fans in muted shades of gold, silver, rust red, ochre, aubergine, green, white, tan, gray and black on a beige silk ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #810014 (stock #12-166)
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$1,350.00
This large dramatic Japanese folk textile futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) is made from 100% home spun cotton sewn together lengthwise and then decorated with rice paste resist dye designs in shades of white and light blue on a dark blue indigo ground. Meiji period, late 19th century. The bold designs has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with several auspicious symbols of longevity: the crane, tortoise and shochikubai...
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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #920601 (stock #6-456A47)
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #179155 (stock #2-640)
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$450.00
This large and heavy Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger with foliate rim is hand painted with lush cobalt blue reserves containing landscape scenes and flowers on a ground of linear designs and geometric patterns. Mid-19th century. Its depth actually makes it a huge shallow bowl. On the reverse are more simply drawn floral scrolls. Underglaze blue lines encircle the foot, which appears to contain three spur marks...
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 #586374 (stock #2B-807)
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$1,295.00
This most impressive deep Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain) charger with scalloped edge is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled arabesque style tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vines). It dates to the first half of the 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #465368 (stock #11E-132A14)
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This elegant and refined square lacquer tray with rounded edges is decorated with four family crests (mons) in gold makie lacquer on a rich glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Meiji period, early 20th century. Roiro-nuri is a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers. Round gold makie lacquer crests of noble families include the crane, melon, feathers and wisteria. The edge is finished with gold lacquer. Serving trays such as this were used ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #657655 (stock #9-102A40)
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This diminutive hand-carved Edo period Japanese sculpture of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to the mid-19th century. This is a fine example of the distinctive style of stone Jizo which originated from Sadogashima, an island in the Japan Sea off the coast of Niigata Prefecture long famous for its production of small-scale stone sculptures of Jizo. Carved from the unique Sado Island granite in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, this Jizo stands with hands clasped and holding...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #80007 (stock #2C-297)
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$225.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) has an overall transfer printed decoration in the “mijin karakusa” pattern. Meiji period. The mijin karakusa pattern is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, this one in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little curls. (For a similar bottle, see “Japanese Porcelain: 1800-1950” by Nancy Schiffer, page 58.)This is one of the many vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue and white Arita...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #156221 (stock #2C-326)
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$95.00
Japanese Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form in classic floral design. Early 20th century. The front of this white glazed bottle is decorated in underglaze blue with a freely-drawn design of a peony blossom and leaves, and a blue circle containing kanji characters next to a butterfly decorates the back. The base is recessed, and the foot rim is unglazed. This is an example of Arita ware which was made for domestic use and not for export. Arita is a town on the island of K...
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 : 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #776792 (stock #2-834A37)
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$325.00
This delightful Kutani enameled porcelain figure of a small boy dressed in fancy brocades was beautifully modeled and hand painted in a bold and bright color palette that is more typical of Imari wares. Meiji period (1868-1912). The boy, probably representing an actor or a dancer, stands with feet apart and his left arm raised above his head. His richly brocaded kimono is vividly painted in iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and aubergine overglaze enamels with gilt highlights. There are a...