Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #457205 (stock #11C-040)
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$575.00
This expressive freestyle Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is woven from both thin and thick split bamboo strips and likely dates to the early 20th century. An unidentified three-character signature is carved into one of the bamboo strips on the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #865605 (stock #6-453)
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$210.00
This wonderful set of Japanese kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was relief cast in the form of “karahana” and dates to the early 20th century. The metal has been coated to simulate copper or bronze. The flowers were cast in high relief with an offset punched ground filled with tiny circles, and the details are finely rendered. Both kugikakushi have the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #258152 (stock #6-350A18)
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$495.00
This elegant Japanese cast bronze vase has a spherical base rising to an elongated narrow neck which flares to a trumpet mouth, and its front side is decorated with a high relief crab on lotus leaves. The engraved three character signature on the base reads “made by MASANOBU.” Ca. 1885. Masanobu was a member of the Myochin family, master metalsmiths from the 16th century and noted in the late 19th century for the production of metal animal life...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #54806 (stock #4-017)
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$650.00
Three standing Japanese ladies-in-waiting Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina matsuri”) dolls on black lacquer base with six-panel gold folding screen. Meiji period. Their expressive faces have several layers of gofun, with delicately painted hairlines, eyelashes and eyebrows. Their mouths are open, showing teeth and tongue, and they have inset glass eyes. There are signatures on the wood stems of their removable heads...
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 : 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #52575 (stock #2A-205)
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$195.00
This high-standing ceramic shop hibachi (“mise-hibachi”) features a ribbed concentric ring design with a deep brown glaze streaked with mottled ochre and blue flambe glazes on all sides. Likely Seto ware, Taisho period. Just below the lip is a subtle Chinese key design, which can be seen at certain angles but did not appear in our photographs. There is a thick ceramic divider in the middle to hold the hot coals...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #501150 (stock #2A-773)
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$1,195.00
These two beautifully modeled Japanese stoneware hares have special slots cut from their back sides for the sole purpose of holding each end of a Japanese folding screen (“byobu”) to keep it weighted on the floor. Meiji period, ca. 1880. A two character signature mark “Koshun” is impressed into each of the unglazed bases. Both rabbits are finished in a rich creamy off white glaze with very fine overall crackling, and there is a firing hole in the slot...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #360824 (stock #2B-711)
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$595.00
This large elegant Japanese blue and white porcelain foliate rimmed bowl is signed by the Seto sometsuke master, Kato Shubei II (1848-1903). It is beautifully hand painted with a bright, freely drawn underglaze blue floral design on a clear, almost translucent, white ground. The high quality decoration incorporates the classic Japanese design of karakusa (scrolling vines or arabesques) and imperial flowers: the paulownia and kiku-mon chrysanthemum...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #344270 (stock #2B-703)
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$230.00
This unusual studio porcelain bowl is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels with designs of morning glories. Early 20th century. There is a three character underglaze blue signature, set off to the left side on the base, which we have not been able to identify. The interior is hand painted with morning glory blossoms in shades of white, blue and peach. Leaves are drawn in green and blue. The flowers are decorated with gold highlights, and the lip is fully gilded. The outsid...
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. The exterior rim is decorated with three set...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #190438 (stock #SB-29)
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$650.00
This rectangular earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been boldly decorated with blossoming plum branches on a cobalt blue and buff crackle-glazed ground. Edo period, early 19th century. The unglazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are also glazed in similar colors, have an iron oxide brown lip rim. The iron brown and cobalt blue enamels are freely painted beneath a glossy transparent glaze. There is a short inscription in cobalt blue in the ...
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. It has straight sides beneath a sloping shoulder which tapers to a slender neck with a double lip. The recessed base is glazed. The front is stenciled with the word “Japanschzoya” (Dutch for Japanese soy) and marked “CPD” in underglaze blue. The reverse has a circular blue stamp with “CPD” surrounded by the words “Comprador Dec...
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 : 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. The base is marked with the six-character Chinese Ming Dynasty reign mark, “Cheng Hua” (“Dai Min Sei Ka Nen Sei” in Japanese) within a high raised foot rim encircled by two blue lines, and the botto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #40475 (stock #2-433)
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$280.00
Meiji period Kaga-style porcelain footed sake cup rinsing bowl (“haisen’) of exceptional quality. On the base are two black brush written characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is highly decorated in polychrome and gilt enamels in a brocade pattern. The soft white interior of the bowl shades to blue and reveals a graceful gilded swimming koi in its center. The exterior is decorated with three floral medallions featuring iris, chrysanthem...
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. For centuries, Bizen has been highly regarded for its dark red-brown ...