Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #680059 (stock #2C-403)
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$165.00
This diminutive 19th century folk ceramic flask or vase is made of light buff colored clay, and the exterior is covered by a clear creamy glaze with fine crackles. It appears to be Oribe stoneware. There are sparse iron oxide decorations of what look like pine needles freely painted on the front side, which are highlighted with green glaze. The neck is covered with a light blue/green copper glaze, and there is tan mottling with white hagi glaze on the body...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #55004 (stock #2-462)
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$125.00
Elegant Koransha white porcelain footed dish with dramatic design of large underglaze blue leaves, small overglaze turquoise leaves and overglaze red enamel berries outlined in gold. Meiji/Taisho period. Two blue rings encircle the high foot, beneath which is found the Koransha mark of the scented orchid painted in underglaze blue...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120.00
This unusual Japanese copper bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in the form of the graceful tied “noshi” decoration with a mythical jewel. Meiji period (1868-1912). The original backplate is copper. The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious events...
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 : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #335690 (stock #11-305)
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$395.00
This wonderful Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” made of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle and was hand carved out of a single tree stump. Meiji period (1869-1912). The two round cutout carvings on the inside of the basket indicate that it might have served as a tabako-bon smoking tray. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement...
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 : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #99105 (stock #SES-1)
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$995.00
This rare early Japanese Satsuma vase of wheel-thrown, ovoid shape with waisted neck and everted collared lip, dates to the mid-19th century. It is boldly decorated in rich overglaze enamels and burnished gold and silver with two samurai riding on horseback. Floral medallions and pine branches drape the shoulder, and the wide lip is gilded...
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 : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1004903 (stock #8-058)
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$1,425.00
This elegant example of Japanese Golden Age cloisonne is a hexagonal vase decorated with irises and cranes on a turquoise enamel body that tapers gracefully up to a long slender neck. The brass base is stamped with the mark of Adachi Kinjiro of Nagoya. Meiji period (1868-1912). Lustrous colored opaque enamels fill silver wires to depict two white cranes in a stream surrounded by a profusion of white and purple irises...
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...
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. The carving technique is one wherein closely cut hatch marks create a texture and fluidity in the way Daruma’s ...
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. The interior is hand painted in bri...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #42203 (stock #2-552)
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$110.00
This finely potted Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) “yu-samashi” tea bowl dates to the late Meiji period. Such bowls were used for cooling the hot water for tea during the sencha tea ceremony. The characteristic milky white body, which is covered in a pure lustrous glaze, is extremely delicate. A few blossoms and leaves painted in rich underglaze sapphire blue are scattered freely on the inside and outside of the piece. There is a well-modeled handle affixed to the molde...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #992539 (stock #6-287)
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$2,850.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #520518 (stock #2B-794)
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$285.00
The exterior of this handsome Japanese Arita porcelain bowl is wonderfully decorated with allover randomly arranged roundels hand painted in underglaze blue and soft overglaze enamels on a clear white ground. Ca. 1850-1875. This bowl is unusual inasmuch as it was decorated in classic heirloom shonsui style but was done so with vivid polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue designs. The base bears an apocryphal four character reign mark of the Chinese Ming dynas...
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. It is often difficult to identify the specific place of manufacture of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #285236 (stock #2C-377A38)
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This classic “kasa-dokkuri,” or “umbrella sake bottle,” with its rich brown fluted ceramic body, is a wonderful example of mingei Tamba ware. Meiji period, late 19th century. An indistinguishable potter’s mark is incised on the base. The unglazed body has no applied glaze, but there is a section on one side and on the mouth where naturally-occurring ash glaze was deposited in the kiln.

Tamba, a remote and mountainous area lying to the northeast of Kyoto and Osaka, has been the cent...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #149697 (stock #2C-295)
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$520.00
Wonderful Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white) porcelain sake bottle or tokkuri in ovoid form with an elongated neck and overall underglaze blue designs of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). Early 20th century. A vertical blue linear design separates the karakusa pattern from the foot, and there are three blue lines encircling the bottom of the bottle. The glazed base is recessed and the high foot rim unglazed. The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and...