Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #636239 (stock #2-816A14)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) plate is boldly hand painted with large iris blossoms and a bud in brilliant cobalt blue on a clear white ground. Ca. 1900-1920, Meiji period. There is a single unidentified mark in underglaze blue on the reverse which looks somewhat like a “tama,” the sacred jewel motif. The shape of the dish with its scalloped rim, which has a thin cobalt blue border, is itself reminiscent of a flower blossom...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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$350.00
This diminutive hand-carved Japanese statue of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to Meiji/Taisho period (1890-1920). This is a classic 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1185872 (stock #2C-381)
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$485.00
This striking Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue and dates to the Meiji period, 19th century. The ovoid body is freely decorated with landscape scenes between a neck covered with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets surrounding the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #461144 (stock #11E-134)
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$265.00
This most unusual elongated covered box – probably used to hold brushes or pens -- displays the typical mottled orange, gold and black lacquer technique known as Wakasa-nuri. Meiji period, late 19th century. The center of the box’s cover has an unadorned red lacquer panel surrounded by the swirling wakasa-nuri finish along the edge and on all sides, and the exterior of the lower section is also decorated with wakasa-nuri lacquer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #781177 (stock #6-436A35)
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$200.00
These Japanese bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) were cast in the form of cranes with wings outstretched in flight. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The cranes were cast in high relief, and their faces and feathers are finely rendered. Both kugikakushi have 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 : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1187787 (stock #9-119A39)
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$270.00
This unusual cluster of Japanese hand bells, called “suzu” bells, was actually once used by an actor portraying a Sambaso dancer. Late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-1800’s). There is a wooden handle, an engraved brass hand plate and fittings, and thirteen brass bells on three rungs -- two bells on the top rung, four in the middle and seven on the bottom.

Sambaso is an auspicious ritual dance of ancient origin which was intended to appease the gods and bring good fortune...

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 : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #625516 (stock #12-189A27)
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$850.00
Using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki,” this dramatic Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with origami cranes, pine trees and snow. Meiji period, late 19th century. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”) in melon (“mokko”) form. Surrounding the mon and filling each of the four corners are pine trees in the snow accented with folded paper “origami” cranes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #513578 (stock #2-766A28)
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$595.00
This fine quality Japanese Nabeshima sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) deep dish is beautifully decorated in shades of soft underglaze blue with a design of dandelions and leaves set off to one side on a pure white ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The underside rim with three formal sprays of extended peony and the high foot rim with serrated blue comb are characteristic of Nabeshima ware...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #430509 (stock #2B-734)
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$245.00
This unusual and attractive Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with nine overlapping roundel medallions in the popular “shochikubai” motif surrounding a central medallion with a gold phoenix (“ho-o” bird). Meiji period (1868-1912)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429)
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$575.00
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #149697 (stock #2C-295)
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$620.00
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...
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. The lotus leaves and the ripples in the water ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #105542 (stock #15-207A3)
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$495.00
A fine embossed and polychromed leather tobacco pouch (“tobako-ire”) with large silver clasp (“kanemono”) depicting a karashishi with peony in relief. Late 19th century. The 10-strand brass chain, held together by a brass ojime-type fitting with relief work dragon, is fitted to a large kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with a gilded silver top, also worked with a dragon in low relief, within an ivory colored manju. The front of the embossed leather pouch is decorated with Japanese irises, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #920601 (stock #6-456A2)
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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. The scene is evocative of the sudden shower in Hiroshige’s woodblock print “Kameyama” from the famous “53 Stations of the Tokaido,” which was lik...
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. An underglaze blue triangular shaped border enc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1900 item #1122300 (stock #11-302A18)
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$495.00
This sinuous Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” hand carved of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle jogging diagonally across the top. Meiji period, late 19th century. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement. The inherent natural honey-colored hue of the wood enhances the rich grain in the burl, giving its graphic wavy design a luminous depth and sheen.

This type of moribon basket or tray was used fo...