Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #608771 (stock #2C-396)
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Potted in the form of an upright gourd with lobed sides and a small tubular mouth, this important iro (colored) Nabeshima porcelain bottle vase or tokkuri (sake bottle) is wonderfully decorated with foliage in low relief and hand painted with soft enamels. We believe this piece dates to the mid-late 19th century, although it is quite possible that it is earlier...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #35682 (stock #9-060)
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Japanese Pillar Clock in long, narrow zitan wood case. Ca.1860. The clock’s circular brass movement is mounted on top and encased in a removable glazed hood. The brass frontispiece is pierced and engraved with passion flowers, surrounded by four turned corner pillars. A brass bar, attached to the lead weight that drives the clock, has a flower-shaped pointer to indicate the appropriate “hour” as it slowly descends the length of the clock...
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 : 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #184210 (stock #6B-343)
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This shallow filigreed copper plate, called a “keko,” was an important implement in Japanese Buddhist rituals. Mid-late 19th century. The copper has been pierced and chased in a design of lotuses and scrolling vines. The design on the copper openwork flower basket with a solid attached rim consists of an elaborate arabesque of scrolling vines with lotus flowers and leaves. The openwork section was first cut from a sheet of copper...
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 : 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...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1012980 (stock #7A-115A15)
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Entitled “Snow Camellia” ("Kantsubaki"), the enchanting little figure in this highly textured woodblock print by respected Sosaka Hanga artist Kawano Kaoru (1916-1965) is from the Series “Dancing Figure.” This is a genuine lifetime print strike dating from the 1950’s and not a posthumous edition. The square red seal of Kawano is stamped in the lower right hand corner, and there is an oval seal mark printed on the reverse...
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 : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #162546 (stock #2B-630)
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This important Japanese porcelain cabinet vase by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is decorated with a pale green floral motif of water plantains on a darker green ground. Signed Shofu, ca. 1910...
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. The dog (“inu”) is much f...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1146401 (stock #3-139A17)
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This exceptional seven-piece Chinese incense clock in an unusual elongated fan form is crafted entirely from paktong, an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel which had the lustrous sheen and color tone of silver. Qing Dynasty, 19th century. The heavy body is comprised of three segments which fit snugly into a separate paktong base with a pierced cloud design. Only particularly finely executed examples of incense clocks were equipped with such elaborate detachable bases. The openwork cover is crafted...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1077869 (stock #2A-815)
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Dating to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period), this engaging seated clay fox (“kitsune”) likely once stood on the open shrine shelf (“kamidana”) high on the wall of some old Japanese house. With his slanted eyes and upright ears and tail, this alert-looking fox sits attentively on a rectangular pedestal. Pottery foxes were formed by pressing sheets of clay into a concave mold. The clay pieces were joined to produce a hollow figure. After firing, the figures were coated with gess...
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 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. The underglaze blue signature o...
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. The copper bottom is stamped with a four-character signature or hallmark, denoting a piece of superior quality and metal craftsmanship.

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