Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #465368 (stock #11E-132A14)
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$195.00
This elegant and refined square lacquer tray with rounded edges is decorated with four family crests (mons) in gold makie lacquer on a rich glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Meiji period, early 20th century. Roiro-nuri is a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers. Round gold makie lacquer crests of noble families include the crane, melon, feathers and wisteria. The edge is finished with gold lacquer...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #519992 (stock #2B-789A17)
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$295.00
This finely potted Japanese porcelain vase with a bulbous onion gourd style neck was finished with a sharkskin texture and hand painted with a sparrow in flight above blooming flowers. Meiji period (1868-1912). The white porcelain base bears the distinctive matte black patent marks of Imura which can be dated to between 1890 and 1910. The ringed neck has a fluted lip which is edged in gilt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #268658 (stock #2-666)
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$395.00
This boldly decorated 19th century Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) charger in square form (“kaku-zara”) is hand painted with a deep cobalt blue landscape scene surrounded by a diapered design and a floral border around the rim. The single blue mark on the foot dates it to the early to mid-19th century. The reverse is hand painted with stylized decorations in cobalt blue surrounding the high unglazed foot rim, which is encircled by four underglaze blue lines...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$950.00
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 : 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 : 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 1900 item #1224717 (stock #2-874)
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$295.00
This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain with a celadon border is known as “Seiji Imari.” It dates to the Edo period, late 18th/early 19th century. The heavily potted dish has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon on both the front and back sides. The lip is gilded...
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 : 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)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #678042 (stock #2-813)
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This heavy oversized Japanese porcelain handled vase is boldly decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels with a chidori and wave motif on a pure white ground. Early 20th century. The base is marked with the Koransha scented orchid mark painted in underglaze blue. The footed vase in bulbous form has two molded tao-tieh mask ring handles, and the flared foot is decorated with a geometric design. The rough swirling waves are hand painted in soft shades of underglaze blue. Such ext...
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. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious eve...
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 : 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. In Japan, the crane (“tsuru”) is one of the most popu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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$325.00
The interior of this large footed brown lacquer bowl (“takatsuki”) is superbly decorated with the plumes of autumn grasses finely hand painted in gold makie lacquer. Meiji/Taisho period. The simple brown lacquer exterior is completely undecorated. Pampas grass (“susuki”) is one of the Seven Grasses of Autumn. In Japanese literary and artistic canons, this sight of pampas grass is almost invariably linked to moonlit settings, and cuttings of the plant are displayed in connection with autu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #617613 (stock #12-162)
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$795.00
This unusual Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with colorful Japanese fans (“ogi”) using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Five pairs of open fans and two closed fans boldly decorate the cover. Each open fan has a different auspicious design beautifully drawn and dyed within, their muted shades of pink, gray and lighter blues contrasting nicely with the dark rich indigo blue background....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #137270 (stock #SB-1)
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$145.00
This Japanese ceramic teapot is an unusual example of early (“ko”) Satsuma ware. Ca. 1900. The lid and upper two-thirds of the body are covered with deep brown globules of thick glaze. This is a later form of the earlier “jakatsu-gusuri” glazing, which is also known as sharkskin or dragon scale glaze. The glaze was formulated in such a way that it pulled away from portions of the clay surface into small drops, producing an interesting blistered texture. The lower portion and concave base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1052626 (stock #2C-413)
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$1750.00
This impressive Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain everted rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Late Edo/early Meiji period, mid-19th century. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines. Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa p...