Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 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 1920 item #955700 (stock #6-458A11)
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This elegant little black table screen has four panels with a continuous landscape scene inlaid with gold and silver on an iron base. Meiji period, early 20th century. There is a three character kanji signature in the right hand corner which reads “Toshikazu Saku” (made by Toshikazu). From right to left, the detailed landscape scene includes a golden temple with a pagoda on the shore of a lake. Sailboats appear in the background and foreground, and Mount Fuji rises above it all...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #700837 (stock #3-125)
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This unusual Chinese scholar’s ink box has been crafted in paktong (“baitong”) and copper in the form of a zither-like stringed musical instrument known in China as a “qin” (also “gu qin,” “ch’in,” “chin”). Late 19th century, Qing period. The cover has seven engraved strings and tuning pins and thirteen inlaid copper marks for notes...
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 #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 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...

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 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 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...
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. A scale is being used, and the Japan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #1097022 (stock #4A-081)
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This large vintage costumed gosho doll stands with one foot raised while he rides a poled hobby horse. Taisho/early Showa period, ca. 1920/1930. His right foot is affixed to a black lacquer base and which fits into a lacquer and glass vitrine with hinged door and mirrored back. His shoulder length hair is tied with a classic top knot. The doll’s body is finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell), and the expressive facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted in wonderful d...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #993643 (stock #2A-811)
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This richly crackled, glazed Japanese folk pottery stoneware oil dish (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of five cream-colored scattered chrysanthemum (“kiku”) roundels freely hand painted in iron oxide and reserved on a mottled brown-black Oribe glazed ground. It dates to the Edo period, likely circa 1800. The reverse side is unglazed.

Most andon plates feature the design known as “tetsu-e” (“iron pictures”), the freestyl...

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. The dried fruits of the ...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1008752 (stock #3-168)
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This fine square two-sectioned Chinese paktong (“pai-tung” or “baitong”) incense clock is has an unusual openwork lid which is pierced, engraved and punched. It dates to the mid to late 19th century, Qing Dynasty. The cover is decorated at its center with the circle of yin and yang surrounded with the eight trigrams derived from “The Book of Changes” (I Ching). The single compartment has an interior recessed tray to hold the perforated incense seal template. The paktong body and cove...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #529505 (stock #11-327)
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This extraordinary example of a Japanese adjustable “yokogi” crosspiece was carved in fabulous detail from densely-grained Japanese hardwood in the shape of a swimming carp. Meiji period (1868-1912). There is a three-character signature of the artist “Numata saku (made)” carved into the bottom of the fish, which is most unusual since folk art was usually anonymous. The realism of the carving is incredible. Its bold simplicity is extremely appealing and gives the piece a marvelous sculptu...
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...