Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #125429 (stock #SB-12)
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$245.00
This fine round Japanese gold makie lacquer kogo (incense container) dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The cover is decorated in takamakie (raised lacquer) designs of auspicious treasures, including a flaming jewel (tama), the symbol of Buddhist wisdom, and a treasure sack, usually carried by the gods Daikoku or Hotei. Delicately painted stylized cranes and feathers surround these treasures...
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 : 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 : 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. Above the kestral hangs a huge full moon emerging from small, whispy clouds. Two smaller birds appear in flight near the moon...
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 1900 item #270233 (stock #2-662A48)
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$325.00
This marvelous Japanese Imari porcelain plate is quite unique inasmuch as it was decorated in classic shonsui style but was done so with brilliant polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue design. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #781177 (stock #6-436A35)
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$175.00
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 : 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 : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #766912 (stock #11-350A15)
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$595.00
This wonderfully detailed boxwood tray has been realistically carved in the form of a curled lotus leaf holding a lotus flower seed pod. Meiji period (1868-1912). The close-grained hardwood has a rich brown color and a soft dark patina reflecting many years of careful use and care. The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges. A lotus seed pod, on a stem that curls around the left edge, sits on the lower left corner of the tray...
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. The...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #636400 (stock #11-338A14)
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$650.00
This absolutely extraordinary oversized hibachi or brazier in natural form was skillfully crafted from the wood burl of a keyaki (zelkova) tree trunk and dates to the late 19th/early 20th century. The heavy body was created from a beautifully grained keyaki wood tree trunk, and it branches out to a highly irregular base that had once been four natural root sections. One of the root ends has been cut back to keep the hibachi to a manageable size. There is a small horizontal burl wood inset which ...
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. This is one of the many scrolling vine patterns which appear on domesti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #77404 (stock #6-315)
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$850.00
Handsome pair of Japanese bronze candlestands ("shokudai") with hemispherical bases, covered wick containers and trimming “scissors” or snuffers. Meiji period. The tall upright bronze hexagonal shaft rests on a footed base with a high cut-out rim, culminating in a smaller lipped tray with a spike on top for positioning the candle. The spike is surrounded by a raised bronze circular rim to give the candle additional stability. Each candlestick has an engraved mark on bottom of the shaft and o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770A41)
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$370.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim. The back side is beautifully crackled buff-colored pottery beneath a clear gla...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #35871 (stock #2C-323A32)
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$195.00
Blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form. Meiji/Taisho period. This white glazed bottle, which is freely decorated in a rich bright underglaze sapphire blue with a design of leaves or fronds, was made for domestic use and not for export. Underglaze bands of cobalt blue encircle the neck, waist and foot, and there is a recessed base and unglazed footrim. Arita is a town on the island of Kyushu which has been a center of Japanese porcelain production since the ...
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. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity.

Originating from Sado Island, the gentle Jizo is one...

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. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #167312 (stock #SB-26)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese tortoise shell comb (“kushi”) is painstakingly decorated on both sides with gold takamakie (raised lacquer) on a black lacquer ground. Signed “Gyoku Kou.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The fine repeating design of rolling gold waves is juxtaposed against two floral medallions on this simple yet elegant comb. There is even an iridescent sprinkling of inlaid agaoi (abalone shell) representing dew drops on the leaves of the flowers.

To Japanese women, hair ornaments wer...