Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #538613 (stock #11-330)
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This highly expressive wooden figure of Daruma has been executed in the “partial carving” technique, which utilizes wood burls or other chunks of wood with great natural character leaving them in their original shapes. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. With its piercing eyes, which are beautifully rendered in great depth and detail, Daruma’s forceful face shows sheer determination and strong will...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1093545 (stock #2C-306)
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This exceptional Japanese porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”), hand painted in delicate and subtle overglaze polychrome enamels, is the work of Kakiemon Sakaida XII (1878-1963). The highly refined, white glazed and heavily potted body is sparsely decorated with a classic bird, flower and figural landscape design in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and soft aubergine. The square foot is unglazed...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #898141 (stock #11-360)
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This exceptional antique lacquered wood shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”), which advertises the sake brewer Kiku-Masamune, was hand carved in the shape of a traditional straw-wrapped wooden cask used for transport and storage of sake. Meiji period, late 19th century. This sign was coated with layers of black lacquer and covered extensively with gleaming gold lacquer, creating a striking contrast where the black lacquer shows through the bright gilding...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #537109 (stock #2-798)
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This lovely high shouldered porcelain vase made by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is beautifully decorated with delicate bellflower blossoms and leaves. It is signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1910. Highlighted against a deep dark green ground, the tall plants emerge from the bottom of the vase...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #890662 (stock #11A-116A13)
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This handsome small tansu chest (“ko dansu”) is well crafted of lacquered cryptomeria wood with heavy hand-forged iron handles and fittings. Meiji period (1868-1912). There are a total of six drawers in various sizes, including two drawers behind the small hinged safe door. There is also an additional “secret drawer” that slides into place behind the narrowest drawer. Iron carrying handles are attached to the sides of the chest...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #495065 (stock #2-763)
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This fine porcelain vase made by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is beautifully decorated with flowering water plants and signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue. Meiji period, ca. 1910. Emerging from the broad dark green leaves at the base of the plant is a delicate green stalk with soft yellow flowers set against a pale pink ground. The suggestion of water is strikingly portrayed with a teal blue wave which softly fades into the pink background...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Pre 1900 item #444142 (stock #3-161)
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This important 19th century Chinese incense clock, crafted in copper the form of a double “pi” disc, is one of the designs illustrated in the rare book of Ting Yun’s incense clocks. The single compartment has an interior recessed tray to hold the incense seal template and damper, both made of paktong (an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel which had the lustrous sheen and color tone of silver). It sits on a footed base compartment made of copper...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #427894 (stock #9-093)
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This hand-carved Japanese statue depicts a standing Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), wearing a Kesa robe. It dates to the 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 stands 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...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #608771 (stock #2C-396)
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Potted in the form of an upright gourd with lobed sides and a small tubular mouth, this important iro (colored) Nabeshima porcelain bottle vase or tokkuri (sake bottle) is wonderfully decorated with foliage in low relief and hand painted with soft enamels. We believe this piece dates to the mid-late 19th century, although it is quite possible that it is earlier. Encircling the shoulder and running over the sides is a flowering vine with leaves and gourds picked out in richly colored overglaze e...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #814763 (stock #2A-802)
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This richly crackled, glazed folk pottery stoneware oil plate (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of a Chinese lantern plant (“hozuki”) and a bird on a buff-colored clay ground with green Oribe overglaze on the shoulder. It dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The design was freely drawn and boldly executed in underglaze iron-oxide brown pigments using just a few simple brush strokes. The flat front side was covered with...
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. Crafted of cryptomeria or cypress wood with dominant grain, it dates to the mid to late-19th century. The upper section consists of an incense tray in the form of a square wooden box with a latticework cover, and the lower section has two drawers used for the storage of the tools used to arrange the incense an...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #746392 (stock #2-829)
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This superb Japanese porcelain dish, hand painted in underglaze blue and bright overglaze polychrome enamels, is the work of Kakiemon Sakaida XII (1878-1963). The highly refined milky white glazed body is decorated in the traditional Kakiemon palette of red, blue, green and yellow with a design of a butterfly hovering above chrysanthemums issuing from a rocky outcropping near a brushwood fence. There is a great restraint in the sparse offset decoration which creates a wonderfully balanced compos...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1837 VR item #174655 (stock #9-072)
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This rare pair of matched clam shell halves, decorated with color and gold pigment, date to the 18th or early 19th century. Part of the Japanese shell matching game, each shell is hand painted in Tosa style with three seated noblemen in a conventional Heian court scene. These lovely miniature paintings incorporate elements long associated with the Tosa school, such as the Heian-style court dress and the open-roof scene shown from a bird’s-eye view with misty gilt cloud formations in the corner...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #97344 (stock #2B-586)
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This fine example of Hirado porcelain is a plate beautifully decorated with a scene of two blue and white cranes standing in water, all against a soft pale blue ground. Ca.1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls. The characteristic fine-grained milky white porcelain body is covered in a pure lustrous glaze. (For a nearly identical plate which was exhibited at the Art Asia Museum, see Catalog No. 38 on page 68 of “Hirado Ware” by...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #95113 (stock #7A-072)
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Japanese woodblock print by Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) entitled “May Rain at Arakawa River,” originally published in 1932. This print is a later impression printed posthumously from Hasui’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal. Hasui is regarded as the foremost landscape print artist of the 20th century. He was renown for his scenes of everyday life, which he executed in a sophisticated yet simple manner. His work is...