Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #449208 (stock #11C-041)
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This finely plaited bamboo ikebana basket (“hanakago”) was crafted in the unusual moon (“tsuki”) shape and was made for hanging flower arrangements. Meiji period (1868-1912). An unidentified three-character signature is carved onto a bamboo strip inserted into the base. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width differentials from the top to the bottom of the basket...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #989878 (stock #11E-147)
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This important Japanese “red-cornered” lacquer document box (“sumiaka ryoshibako”) dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. All sides of the large rectangular covered box are wrapped in coarse red cloth which had been covered in red lacquer. A high domed cover and all side panels are decorated in varied shades of gold makie lacquer with pine, plum and bamboo (“shochikubai”) on a rich black roiro lacquer ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #338737 (stock #6B-367)
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This exquisite Japanese gold inlaid miniature bronze chest features hinged doors which open to reveal two small drawers, all extensively worked in two shades of gold and decorated throughout with dragons, landscapes, peacocks and “ho-o” birds (phoenix). Meiji period (1868-1912)...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #413878 (stock #2C-391A15)
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This fine Japanese porcelain tokkuri (sake bottle) in pleasing square form with stepped top and flared neck is richly hand painted with birds, figures and foliage. Meiji period, (1868-1912). There is a red “fuku” (happiness or good fortune) mark painted on the unglazed base. Each side features highly decorated panels positioned asymmetrically amid flowers and vines on a pure white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #809590 (stock #7A-114)
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Lovely mid-20th century Japanese woodblock print by Nisaruro Ito (1910-1988) entitled “Iris,” sealed with the artist’s seal and published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi of Kyoto. Nisaburo Ito was one of the well known Kyoto area Shin Hanga artists who was interested in promoting the art of the woodblock print. He is best known for his beautiful flower prints and landscapes which recalled the beauty of an earlier age before modernization...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #162546 (stock #2B-630)
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This important Japanese porcelain cabinet vase by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is decorated with a pale green floral motif of water plantains on a darker green ground. Signed Shofu, ca. 1910. This high shouldered vase has a wide mouth and tapers to a narrower recessed base. The quality of the painting of the plantain flowers and leaves is realistically rendered and is very appropriate to the elegant shape of the piece...
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 1920 item #715663 (stock #11-346)
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This unusual Japanese folk painting is a classic example of a full-size “ema” or votive painting which would have been presented by an individual to a specific shrine or temple. Meiji period (1868-1912). Hand painted on finely grained cryptomeria wood, this ema depicts several foreigners (“namban”) aboard a large black four-masted sailing vessel. Also on the ship are Japanese men who have boarded from a small boat which rests alongside the black ship...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #819147 (stock #2-840)
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This elegant Japanese Kutani porcelain vase in a most unusual asymmetrical gourd shape was created by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III (b. 1933). This vase is a marvelous example of Tokuda’s mastery of the “saiyu” technique of color gradation wherein the translucent Kutani glazes blend and overlap in a brilliant display of colors...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1182749 (stock #2C-200)
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This distinctive turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-19th century. The heavily potted bottle was crafted in a marvelous shape known as “kabura” (turnip). The way in which the pot ascends into great swelling shoulders fully reflects the hard work that went into making it...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #317759 (stock #2B-687)
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This classic high-shouldered porcelain vase is artfully decorated with polychrome overlgaze and blue underglaze enamels in a floral design of brilliant morning glories and signed by Tominaga Genroku. Meiji period (1869-1912). The body is covered with morning glory blossoms and buds in iron red, orange and gold overglaze enamels set against a background of scrolling tendrils and leaves in underglaze blue and overglaze green and brown enamels on a pure white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1009403 (stock #2-869)
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This striking Japanese studio porcelain dish is hand painted with a design of white herons set against a dark green ground. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1910. On the reverse there is a four-character signature in underglaze blue that reads “Senpoen sei” (made by Senpoen), a porcelain manufacturer in Gifu City.

The coloration of the herons is soft and subtle, with the white gradually darkening into a light and then darker shade of green and ultimately fading into the background of the dish. Th...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #351230 (stock #2A-709A21)
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This impressive heavily-potted Hamada style Japanese ceramic plate is skillfully decorated with a transparent wax resist design against a brown, black and traditional kaki glazed background. Mid-20th century. The kaki glaze drips over the edge of the lip onto the transparent glaze covering the back in places. The high foot ring is unglazed.

Mashiko has been a major folk pottery center since the 1850’s producing primarily utilitarian table wares. Kaki (persimmon red) is one of the most popu...

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.

The image is boldly printed with strong two-toned dark gree...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #49641 (stock #11-281)
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Exceptional Meiji period Japanese tobacco box (“tabako-bon”) in square form meticulously hand-crafted with geometrically-patterned wood inlays. The variety of the inlaid woods is extensive, with numerous colors and grains, giving this piece a rich lustrous finish. The front face is mounted with two copper hangers to hold the pipe, and there is a copper handle affixed to the sides. The box is constructed with three drawers which are fully lacquered. Fitted into one of the drawers is a copper ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #659310 (stock #4-273)
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This absolutely charming Japanese folk toy of a dog is crafted from shoufu-nori paste and sawdust of paulownia wood and dates to the mid-late 20th century. The outer surface is covered with gofun (crushed oyster shell) which has been boldly hand painted with black spots and colorful facial features. A bordered red patterned silk jacket and bib is applied to the body, and a red silk crepe collar encircles the thick neck.

“Hariko” is a papier-mache folk toy. The dog (“inu”) is much f...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #739671 (stock #11-287A16)
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This wooden figure is a wonderful hand-carved rendering of a standing Jizo, the bosatsu (Buddhist saint) who is one of the most popular and revered Buddhist deities in Japan. Early Meiji period, mid-19th century to late 19th century. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity. His shaven head and bare chest were covered with gold lacquer, and his robes bear many coats of a brownish/red lacquer covering. In his rig...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1152348 (stock #11-372)
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This fine heavy wooden pothook or kettle-hook hanger (“jizai-gake”), hand carved from a large block of densely-grained zelkova (keyaki) wood, was once suspended by a heavy rope from the high roof beams of a Japanese home or shop. Edo/Meiji period, 19th century. This is a wonderful example of the Daikoku type of kettle-hook hanger, distinguished by the integral, inverted V-shaped roof-like upper part of the hook, which reminds the Japanese of Daikoku’s floppy cap. Daikoku was one of the Sev...