Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1189148 (stock #13-010A28)
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Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world, the Japanese oban was a large oblong striated and stamped gold piece, which often appeared painted with Japanese characters. This is a gilded gilded brass replica of the rare oval gold Tensho Naga (“long”) Oban. There are overall striations and stamped circular emblems of paulownia on both sides, and the front is painted with large black calligraphic characters. It likely dates to the mid-20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #331167 (stock #2C-388)
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This most unusual Koto ware sake bottle in sharp rectangular form with a high flat shoulder is finely decorated with karako and floral designs hand painted in “aka-e” red and gold enamels on a white ground. Mid-19th century...
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 1900 item #1053536 (stock #11C-045)
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This unique and truly extraordinary 19th century Japanese flower basket (“hanakago”), finely plaited and tightly woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo, was crafted in the form of Daikoku’s treasure sack. Ca. 1850 to 1880. Daikoku is one of the Seven Lucky Gods. His treasure sack, called the Purse of Inexhaustible Riches (“kinchaku fukuro”), is a distinctive fabric money bag which is tied at the neck and represents prosperity...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #531488 (stock #6B-411)
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This wonderful pair of antique Japanese “keman” in flattened circular shape were hand crafted of pierced gilt bronze and decorated with engraved lotus flowers and leaves which surround a symmetrical, looped and knotted “cord” with a relief “karahana” (China flower) in the center. Meiji period, late 19th century. A flattened round knob on the top contains an oval suspension loop...
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 1837 VR item #736005 (stock #4-271)
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Dating to the late 18th/early 19th century, these rare and important small carved wooden figures represent one of the most elusive genres of antique Japanese doll (“ningyo”) known as Kamo ningyo. The figures are hand carved of willow wood, and scraps of silk and brocade fabric have been embedded and glued to create their clothing. It is this willow wood which gives these dolls their special character...
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...
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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #640990 (stock #15-219)
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This most unusual oblong Chinese paktong (“pai-tung”) opium box is decorated with designs of roundels containing auspicious symbols. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1860-1880. The details are both incised and carved away, with the recessed portions enameled in dark blue. The interior is sheathed in copper. An important part of the paraphernalia connected with opium smoking was the opium box, which was used to hold the gummy substance. Opium boxes are small in size, usually round or oblong in shape. With ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #924744 (stock #6-457)
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This large deeply waisted Japanese bronze flower vessel with attached karashishi handles is signed “Echigo No Kami Saku” and dates to the mid to late 19th century. Cast in the unique futabana style, it has a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and a wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Positioned just above the shoulder are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail. With their heads turned back and front paws raised up on either side of the neck, it ...
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. There are stylized clouds and prunus branches and blossoms in the sky above the d...
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 #670204 (stock #6-390)
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This important museum collection Japanese bronze flower vessel with detachable butterfly handles was cast in futabana style with a classic low body and a wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The squat body, which is engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, is flanked by two removable cast and engraved bronze side handles in the form of butterflies. A band encircling the base of the neck is decorated with waves cast in low relief.

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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1000589 (stock #2A-810)
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This unusual Japanese Sumida Gawa ceramic vase in scalloped ovoid form with transmuted flambé glaze is decorated with a large windblown flower molded in high relief. Early 20th century; unsigned. Except for the smooth white foot rim, the vase is fully glazed all over with dense and richly crackled, variegated shades of green and blue which transmute into one another. The large white blossom is realistically molded in high relief, with distinct petals, pistols and stamens. The shape of the bloss...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #1079933 (stock #6B-184A8)
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This exceptional pair of copper bronze ritual incense burners, relief cast in the form of Chinese bronze hill censers common in the Han Dynasty, date to ca. 1800. Each censer has a lozenge-shaped pedestal base from which emerges a stem supporting the incense cup. Surrounding the pedestal stem are patterns of Chinese lappets, scrolls and key designs. The cup which holds the incense is covered all around with low relief decoration of waves, rock formations and a lush peach orchard. (In Chinese le...