Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #635244 (stock #12-170A6)
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$575.00
This striking Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and boldly decorated with the gracefully tied “noshi” design using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #374874 (stock #6-375A25)
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$765.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a slender base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a small trumpet mouth, its front side wonderfully decorated with a virtuoso high relief rendition of an iris plant in flower, the stream in which it grows being represented by a swirl of bronze. Meiji period (1868-1912). The reverse is undecorated, indicating that the vase was intended for display in a tokonoma (alcove) or similar recess...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #488623 (stock #2B-778)
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$950.00
These classic Arita porcelain vases in desirable fluted double gourd form are painstakingly decorated in Kakiemon style with soft overglaze enamels. Meiji period (1868-1920). The base bears a red “fuku” (good fortune or happiness) mark. The front of each vase is finely hand painted in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, aubergine and gold enamels over a clear bright white glaze...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #156787 (stock #2B-616)
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$375.00
This fine Japanese blue and white porcelain vase is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue foliate design of birds and flowers on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and karahana (China flowers)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #551671 (stock #2B-800)
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$330.00
This classic early Japanese blue and white ko Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Late 18th /early 19th century. The meijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #196244 (stock #SB-30)
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$850.00
This square earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been freely decorated with an iron brown enamel tree branch and green enamel bamboo leaves on a buff crackle-glazed ground beneath a glossy transparent glaze. Edo period, early 19th century. The transparent glazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are glazed in a cobalt blue design on the exterior, have an iron oxide brown lip rim and foot rim. This square form dish is called a “kakuzara”...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #94045 (stock #6B-316A6)
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$120.00
This double-sided page turner, beautifully worked in light bronze, features a handle crafted in high relief depicting rats on a bamboo shoot. Early 20th century. The scimitar-form blade is engraved on both sides with leaves and “Buddha’s hand” fruit, an aromatic but inedible citron that is said in its irregular shape to resemble the hand of Buddha. There is an engraved insect on one side and a bird on the other...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2B-658)
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$1,250.00
This classic, thickly potted early Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vine) around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. It dates to the first half of the 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #713577 (stock #6B-431)
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$180.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1147780 (stock #2-577)
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$395.00
This heavy Japanese porcelain bottle was made at the Arita kilns for export to the Dutch market as a container for soy sauce. Edo period, 18th/19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #399353 (stock #11C-039)
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$395.00
This lovely spherical Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is finely woven from thin split bamboo strips and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1890. The warm burnished brown ovoid body is crafted primarily in the rhythmic “tomokumimono” technique, using even-sized widths of bamboo to create a textural refinement that has balance and elegance. Irregular “midare” plaiting produces a powerful and expressionistic character. Midare, which utilizes bamboo strips freely plaited...
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. There is an extensive red signature on the foot, which we have been unable to identify.

Satsuma is the well known long-admired form of Japanese ceramics i...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #750455 (stock #2B-443)
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$995.00
Set of five 19th century Japanese Ko Kutani (Old Kutani) style ceramic plates in the revival style likely from the Yoshidaya kilns. Each plate is freely decorated in rich overglaze enamel colors of yellow, blue, green, red and aubergine depicting a characteristic Chinese figure in a landscape. Each plate has a “pie crust” raised edge with a diaper design within its border, the flat rim outlined in a reddish brown glaze (“beni ye”). This accentuates the thickness of the biscuit as well as...
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. Kana-gai is a techniq...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #179155 (stock #2B-640)
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$650.00
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.

When the history of the role of utensils used in Japan...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #510551 (stock #2A-793)
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$495.00
This wonderful early example of Japanese mingei folk ceramics is a thick “bedding tile” in rare snowflake form that was likely potted at the Seto kilns in the late Edo period, ca. 1800-1850. The glazed tile is boldly hand painted with a classic freestyle floral design in brown iron oxide and cobalt blue on a clear crazed ground. The bottom is unglazed except for the edges where the glaze from the front has overrun the sides. Such tiles were typically placed beneath the portable iron brazier ...
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. The blue scroll pattern surrounds a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. “Sho” represents the pine tree for longevity, “chiku” represents the bamboo for ten...