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 : 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...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #291382 (stock #6B-349)
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$1,250.00
This elegant and distinctly Japanese bronze flower vessel was cast in futabana style with a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Mid to late 19th century. Just above the shoulder and on either side of the neck, which is deeply engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail...
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 : 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 1900 item #268658 (stock #2-666A41)
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$250.00
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 : 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 : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #196244 (stock #SB-30)
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SOLD
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 #770456 (stock #6-435)
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$175.00
These Japanese bronze "kugikakushi" (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) were relief cast in the form of stylized dragons coiled to form the shape of stylized clouds. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The dragons were cast in high relief against a punched ground with tiny circles. Both kugikakushi have backplates and 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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #534628 (stock #6B-410A13)
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$295.00
Japanese bronze water dropper (“suiteki”) in gourd form with handle and spout...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #66475 (stock #2-561A48)
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$160.00
The striking design on this early 20th century Japanese porcelain bowl incorporates muted and vivid, misty and sharp tones of underglaze blue “fukizumi” enamel on a white background. Likely Seto ware; there is an unidentified underglaze blue signature on the foot. The unique and dramatic effect was accomplished through the use of a stencil and cobalt pigment sprayed through a tube to create the outline of white cherry blossoms which seem to float on a soft blue background around the sides of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #418080 (stock #8-072A44)
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$295.00
This lovely Japanese cloisonné charger with a brass rim and foot is decorated with a white heron standing on one leg in the water amid green lotus leaves with pink and white blossoms. Meiji period (1868-1912). Opaque enamels are enclosed in brass wires to create the large central medallion with a turquoise ground which is surrounded by a thick karakusa scrolling vine pattern border in red, blue and green enamels on a white enamel ground. The reverse rim is finished in opaque white enamel with s...
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. A brass pouring spout rises from a red and black lacquer carved opening, and the facet...
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 : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #496201 (stock #6-397A22)
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$295.00
This unusual copper match-safe is wonderfully decorated in high relief with blossoming spider chrysanthemums. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. Both sides feature two large spider mums, their gracefully arching petals beautifully rendered in superb detail. Because it was used to carry wooden stick matches, the case’s bottom has a grooved strike-a-light. Probably the most frequently represented flower in all of Japanese art, the chrysanthemum has been respected in Japan since ancient tim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #776792 (stock #2-834A37)
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$325.00
This delightful Kutani enameled porcelain figure of a small boy dressed in fancy brocades was beautifully modeled and hand painted in a bold and bright color palette that is more typical of Imari wares. Meiji period (1868-1912). The boy, probably representing an actor or a dancer, stands with feet apart and his left arm raised above his head. His richly brocaded kimono is vividly painted in iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and aubergine overglaze enamels with gilt highlights. There are a...
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. The details on this piece are superb and beautifully rendered, and it has a great p...