Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #50080 (stock #2-525)
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$95.00
Lovely Japanese Kutani porcelain footed sake cup washing bowl (“haisen’) decorated with birds and flowers. Meiji/Taisho period. On the base are two red seal script characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is subtly decorated in brown enamel with gold scroll designs and hundreds of minute raised dots carefully painted with a brush tip in turquoise enamel. In the interior of the bowl is a pink peony...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #650500 (stock #2-680A)
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$165.00
This richly decorated Japanese Imari dish features the rare chocolate brown matte glaze and bears the underglaze blue orchid Koransha mark and signature on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The interior is decorated with polychrome overglaze enamel flowers and a turtle around underglaze blue bamboo on a brown matte ground with gilt swirling clouds. A black matte band decorated with blue and turquoise bamboo leaves surrounds the rim, which is gilded...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #331167 (stock #2C-388)
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This most unusual Koto ware sake bottle in sharp rectangular form with a high flat shoulder is finely decorated with karako and floral designs hand painted in “aka-e” red and gold enamels on a white ground. Mid-19th century...
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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #673813 (stock #9-103A37)
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$375.00
This Japanese sculpture depicts the seated Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint) and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Carved from solid stone (either granite or natural volcanic rock) in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, he sits in a lotus position with hands clasped in earnest prayer...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #149094 (stock #2A-517)
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$395.00
The body of this handsome early 20th century Japanese folk ceramic hibachi in rounded 10-sided form is glazed in rich dark brown with an unctuous blue and mauve flambe glaze on its rim and dripping down its sides. The upper half of the interior is washed in brown glaze. We have been unable to determine the folk kiln of its origin...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1900 item #1173142 (stock #11A-026)
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$1,200.00
This strikingly handsome Edo (Tokyo) style “naga hibachi” (long firebox) is made from wonderfully grained burled keyaki (zelkova) wood. Meiji period, late 19th century. The mortise-and-tenon, dove-tail and mitre joinery is indicative of very fine craftsmanship, and the keyaki wood has a rich mellow patina resulting from years of exposure to heat and smoke. Keyaki, the most expensive of Japanese hardwoods, has a beautiful dense grain and is sturdy and long-lasting, requiring little maintenanc...
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. On the reverse are more simply drawn scrolling design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #78835 (stock #2A-483)
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$495.00
Richly glazed studio pottery bottle vase in tear drop form with “Wakazan” seal mark on a brown base, ca.1900. A thick olive green and brown glaze covers the heavily potted stoneware body. Shades of blue and gold flambe are randomly scattered over the body, with a gold glaze drip around the neck beneath the lip. The interior of the mouth radiates with lustrous and brilliant shades of blue and gold glaze in flambe drips. Functional folk-craft products or “mingei” are endowed with a beauty ...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #41234 (stock #2C-275)
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$495.00
Large Japanese Bizen ware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in pinched form with indentations on three sides which are impressed with low-relief figures of three of the Seven Gods of Good Luck (“Shichi Fukujin”). Natural yellowish ash glaze spots are deposited on the shoulder and figures. The bottle is wheel thrown, and there is an impressed potters mark on the foot. The three modeled figures are the gods Hotai, Fukurokuju and Benten. Early 20th century.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #297052 (stock #6-182A6)
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$295.00
This portable charm box, in the shape of a shrine which holds the image of a deity or Buddhist amulet, is made of copper and decorated with beautiful repoussé work. Tibet, 19th century. The front of the ornamental box is decorated with the eight auspicious symbols identified in the Buddhist faith and the monster mask of Kirtimukha. The plain copper backing is removable to accommodate the items that the owner chooses to place inside, and there are two copper loops on each side to hold a belt or ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #713577 (stock #6B-431)
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This Japanese bronze “kugikakushi” (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in high relief in the form of a bamboo stalk and leaves. Mid-Meiji period, ca. 1880-1890. Fancy kugikakushi were decorated in various good luck and auspicious motifs such as this one. It depicts a large bamboo (“take”) stalk with its leaves that is a symbol of strength and resilience in the Japanese culture. Having been cast in bronze, it has copper accents in the leaves and the bamboo.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #805923 (stock #2-572)
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$995.00
This deep oversized Japanese Imari blue and white porcelain charger (“sometsuke ozara”) is decorated with a hand painted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Edo period, early 19th century. The classic meijin karakusa design, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls. This is one of the many scrolling vine patterns which appear on domestic market blue...