Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 #949962 (stock #2-860)
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This wonderful large Japanese Imari Imari “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with a pair of whimsical white rabbits molded in low relief on an underglaze blue background of scrolling clouds and flying cranes. Meiji period (1868-1912). The low relief white bodies of the two hares occupy the forefront against a light blue decorated ground highlighted with small areas of darker cobalt blue, creating a vivid contrast in color and texture...
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...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #345361 (stock #2B-691)
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This fine and important Japanese Kakiemon-style porcelain model of a white elephant stands four-square with its head lifted and turned to the left and dates to the Meiji period (late 19th to early 20th century). Its curled trunk, flanked by two short tusks, is raised high as if to trumpet. Crescent shaped green eyes outlined in black enamel are painted below its arched eyebrows...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1054762 (stock #6A-448A19)
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This heavy antique Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and wonderfully decorated in high relief with grape vines and a squirrel set into deeply recessed irregular panels. Meiji period, ca.1900. The iron body is signed in relief beneath the spout with the four-character seal of “Ueda Zo,” a mark which appears only on tetsubin of the highest quality...
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...

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 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. It was quilted with white cotton thread in the traditional decorative stitch with tied tassels...
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...
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. The artist was a student of Tsuchida Bakusen at the Kyoto ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #836872 (stock #2-851)
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This stunning oversized Japanese sometsuke (underglaze blue and white porcelain) vase in bulbous form with small mouth and everted rim is meticulously hand painted with the dragon and wave motif. Signed by the sometsuke master Kato Gosuke IV (1839-1905), it dates to the early Meiji period. The heavily potted vase is decorated overall with two elongated five-toed dragons sinuously encircling the body amid stylized waves. Both dragons are very highly detailed with numerous fine lines illustrating ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1036438 (stock #2-870)
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Made by distinguished Japanese studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928), this lovely porcelain ovoid vase is skillfully decorated with a pair of elegant cranes on a lightly graduated underglaze pale mauve/pink ground and light blue foreground. Signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue on the base, it dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1910. Two large red headed white cranes, with black wing tips and throats, can be seen standing among rocks in shallow blue water. Their legs, beaks, eyes and the patches on ...
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 #1095458 (stock #6A-452)
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This heavy Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and wonderfully decorated in high relief with an aquatic motif. Meiji period, ca.1900. The iron body bears the four-character seal mark of “Ueda Zo” cast in relief beneath the spout -- a mark which appears only on tetsubin of the highest quality. The patinated bronze lid bears the engraved shop name signature “Ryubundo zo,” a famous Japanese family of tetsubin makers and bronze workers from Kyoto.

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