Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #438745 (stock #3-162)
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This large 19th century Chinese paktong incense clock has been crafted in the form of a Chinese zither-like stringed musical instrument known as a “qin” or "gu qin." The single compartment has an interior recessed tray used to hold the incense seal template and the damper. The paktong lid and body are trimmed in beaded copper, and there is a separate paktong base with a key fret design...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #608003 (stock #11-336)
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This rare pair of early small-scale carved wooden architectural elements, which represent the heads of the elephant-like creatures known as “baku” (“eater of dreams”), were originally mounted as ornaments under the corner roof eaves of a Japanese shrine or temple. Early to mid-Edo period, ca. 1700. Carved in wonderful detail from a block of wood, this mythical animal has a long arched trunk curled downward and crescent shaped eyes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #393267 (stock #7A-107)
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This celebrated image of a red temple in snow is unquestionably one of Hasui Kawase’s (1883-1957) most famous woodblock prints. Entitled “Zojo Temple in Snow, Shiba” from the Twenty Views of Tokyo series, it was originally published in 1925. This later woodblock edition of Hasui’s classic print illustrates the bright vermillion gate of the temple, large and angled, with a pine tree in the foreground...
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 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 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...
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 1920 item #615244 (stock #2-808A33)
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This unusual sixteen-sided underglaze blue and white Japanese Arita porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish is boldly hand painted in Shonsui style with horseman roundels within a geometric border. Meiji period (1868-1912), possibly earlier. There is a small two-character mark painted in underglaze blue on the bottom of this stoutly potted plate...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #743890 (stock #2B-698)
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This boldly modeled Japanese Bizen ware okimono depicts a stylized tiger and dates to the late Edo period, ca.1800-1850. The signature of the artist “Shotan” is stamped on the base of the tiger’s tail. The animal is seated on its hindquarters, looking to the left with a fierce expression. The skill of the potter is clearly shown on the wonderfully modeled head with its prominent tongue and teeth, wide open mouth and the hollow eyes. Fur markings and stripes are incised over the entire bod...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #151343 (stock #SB-21)
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This square cosmetic box and cover are generously decorated in rich gold and silver makie lacquer with mon (family crests), deftly scattered on karakusa (scrolling floral vines), all reserved on a nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground with details of kana-gai (pieces of gold or silver foil embedded in the lacquer). Edo period, 18th century or earlier. The high slightly domed cover has rounded corners and fits loosely over the box, which it overlaps. The interior and base are decorated...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and Imari wares, and blue and white sometsuke porcelains with the takokarakusa design are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese m...
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 #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.

This chest is well constructed of sturdy materials, a...

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. The head, upper chest and shoulders are precisely carved, but the remainder of the pie...