Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1150187 (stock #11-371A23)
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This unusual tea tray has been realistically hand carved from a single piece of wood in the form of a curled lotus leaf. Meiji/Taisho period (early 20th century). The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges, including the upper and lower edges which are completely folded over the top. The lightly chiseled top surface is covered with incised leaf veins which radiate from the center, and a separately carved stem peaks out from beneath the leaf...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #99976 (stock #SB-5)
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Japanese plique a jour (“shotai”) cloisonne bowl with various brightly-colored flowers on a pale green ground with silver wires and a chrome plated rim, resting on three crescent-shaped feet. Early Showa period, ca. 1930. Plique a jour is a unique type of cloisonne in which translucent enamels are used exclusively. It is a transparent, glass-like cloisonne wherein the cloisoned design is held in place without any apparent support...
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 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 : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429A42)
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This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin...
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)...
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 1980 item #76259 (stock #7A-075A36)
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Japanese woodblock print by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949) entitled “Nagoya Castle.” Originally published in 1937; margin is dated “Showa 12.” Later Hama impression posthumously printed from Koitsu’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal. With their intense realism, Koitsu’s woodblock prints have immortalized his country’s scenic beauty. Subtle effects of light and shadow endow his scenic renderings with an aura o...
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 #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 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. Fitted into one of the drawers is a copper ...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1128220 (stock #6-462)
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This exquisite fluted Japanese cast iron hinged box with extensive gold and silver inlays bears the engraved nine character dragonfly mark of Komai of Kyoto and dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Engraved into the gilt brass base is the nine-character Komai signature beneath the company’s dragonfly (“tombo”) symbol. The mark reads ”By Komai, living Kyoto, Japan.” This dragonfly symbol was reserved for the Komai Studio’s more important objects with the finest workmanship.

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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1151267 (stock #2-872)
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This rare and important Japanese sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted in rich underglaze blue with circular roundels depicting the fifty-three stations of the famed Tokaido Road. Edo period, ca. 1800-1840. There are a total of 55 circular windows precisely placed on the shallow interior of this large plate, representing the 53 stations along the ancient Tokaido Road which linked the shogunate capital of Edo (Tokyo) with the imperial capital in Kyoto, plus the start ...