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 : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1186197 (stock #2D-058A33)
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This delicate Japanese sake cup (“sakazuki”) is decorated with a dragon in high relief in varied shades of gold and silver lacquer on a red lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The dragon, created in takamakie (raised lacquer) emerges from rough swirling waves done in both takamakie and hiramakie (flat lacquer). Details such as his piercing eyes, whiskers, beard and claws are finely rendered in low relief...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429A42)
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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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #35682 (stock #9-060)
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Japanese Pillar Clock in long, narrow zitan wood case. Ca.1860. The clock’s circular brass movement is mounted on top and encased in a removable glazed hood. The brass frontispiece is pierced and engraved with passion flowers, surrounded by four turned corner pillars. A brass bar, attached to the lead weight that drives the clock, has a flower-shaped pointer to indicate the appropriate “hour” as it slowly descends the length of the clock...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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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 : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #820480 (stock #2-848)
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This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) with a celadon border came from a Nabeshima kiln during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The stoutly potted plate has a fluted rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon (“seiji”) on both the front and back sides. The interior contains a meticulously hand painted central medallion depicting irises along a winding stream hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue on a pure white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1113924 (stock #6A-453)
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Lovely Japanese silver teapot in unusual persimmon (“kaki”) form; globular body with a domed cover; swing strap handle. The base is stamped with the impressed “jungin” or “jyun-gin” (pure silver mark which signifies 950 parts silver) above a four character impressed seal mark which reads “Miyamoto Kinsei" (made by Miyamoto). Meiji period, ca. 1900-1920.

The spectacle of deep-orange persimmon heavy on the bough is one of Japan’s great visual delights...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #60069 (stock #2C-229)
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This unusual candle-shaped sake bottle or “rosoku-tokkuri,” which is covered with a deep dark brown glaze, is an example of Tachikui/Tamba ware. Meiji/Taisho period. Unglazed calligraphic symbols, drawn with a wax resist, surround the square-shouldered body of the bottle. The village of Tachikui, located in an isolated mountain region of northern Hyogo Prefecture, is the last pottery village in Tamba. The dominant color of the Tachikui wares is a rich deep brown...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #52574 (stock #9-050)
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Rare early 19th century Japanese lantern clock fitted to an extraordinary custom-made cast bronze base in the early 20th century. The movement is housed in a textured wave pattern brass case with doors on each side and a metal bell on top. A double rotary pendulum, thirty-hour movement with time, strike and alarm are controlled by three sets of lead weights. The escapement has a crown wheel with a double foliot balance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1012980 (stock #7A-115A15)
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Entitled “Snow Camellia” ("Kantsubaki"), the enchanting little figure in this highly textured woodblock print by respected Sosaka Hanga artist Kawano Kaoru (1916-1965) is from the Series “Dancing Figure.” This is a genuine lifetime print strike dating from the 1950’s and not a posthumous edition. The square red seal of Kawano is stamped in the lower right hand corner, and there is an oval seal mark printed on the reverse...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #798599 (stock #11-352)
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This rare antique wooden “jokoban” is a specific type of “kobandokei” (Japanese incense clock) used to measure time and/or to make offerings in Buddhist temples by burning incense...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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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 : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #793650 (stock #2-837)
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The interior of this stunning 24 inch (61 cm) Japanese Imari blue and white porcelain charger (“sometsuke ozara”) is decorated all over with circled crane crests (“tsuru maru mon”) hand painted on a deep vibrant lapis lazuli blue (“ruri gi”) ground. Edo period, early to mid-19th century. A “maru mon” is a circled family crest, and in this design, the ascending crane’s upturned wings actually delineate the circle form. The crane (“tsuru”) is one of the most popular and auspi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #69754 (stock #2B-562)
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This striking Japanese ceramic jar for storing tea is glazed in the distinctive “hagi-nagashi” format of copper-green stripes over beautifully crackled “white hagi” glaze. Late 19th century. There is a kiln or potter’s mark ink stamped on the base. A container such as this with a wide mouth would have been used for the storage of tea leaves. By 1900 tea began to be shipped in bags and stored in metal-lined wooden chests, replacing the large storage jars.

This jar was made at Shigar...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #723298 (stock #12-191)
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Dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912), this superb Japanese indigo tsutsugaki-dyed quilted bridal sleeping cover is called a “yogi” (literally “night wear”). It was made from100% hand loomed cotton that was stuffed with thick cotton batting and sewn into the shape of an extra-large kimono. This one is simply decorated with a family crest (“mon”) in a lighter shade of blue on the back side. It was quilted with white cotton thread in the traditional decorative stitch with tied tassels...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #488623 (stock #2-778)
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These classic Arita porcelain vases in desirable fluted double gourd form are painstakingly decorated in Kakiemon style with soft overglaze enamels. Meiji period (1868-1920). The base bears a red “fuku” (good fortune or happiness) mark. The front of each vase is finely hand painted in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, aubergine and gold enamels over a clear bright white glaze. The elegant brushwork decoration includes a long-tailed ho-o bird (phoenix) and other small...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1251854 (stock #11-378)
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The cover of this densely-grained antique Japanese paulownia (kiri) wood writing box (suzuribako) is decorated in low relief with black, gold and silver makie lacquer in a design of rabbits and grasses. Meiji period (1868-1912). One of the rabbits is delineated in gold lacquer; the other one is done in black and silver lacquer with gold highlights. Each has a tiny red lacquer eye. They both sit beneath waving autumnal grasses hand painted in dark brown lacquer. The interior of the box, which hol...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #597667 (stock #9-098)
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This endearing form of a Japanese welcoming or beckoning cat ("maneki neko") is hand carved from a piece of solid granite or volcanic rock with both quartz and mica inclusions. Early 20th century, Taisho/early Showa period. Sporting a carved collar and bell around its neck, the cat is seated with its right paw raised to beckon customers and fortune into shops. The signboard it is holding in front may have had an auspicious saying like "Good Luck" or "Happiness" carved into it at one time, but th...