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 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 : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #177238 (stock #4-216)
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This Farmer is one of the rarer Door of Hope doll characters, and this one dates to ca. 1920. He's dressed in hand-stitched blue cotton calf-length trousers and a matching jacket. These are covered by Chinese-style rainwear of a straw skirt and cape, and his wide-brimmed hat is made of woven straw. He has finely carved pear wood head and hands, carved and painted black eyes, painted black hair, well-detailed carved ears, and a closed mouth with an enigmatic smile...
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. This high shouldered vase has a wide mouth and tapers to a narrower recessed base. The quality of the painting of the plantain flowers and leaves is realistically rendered and is very appropriate to the elegant shape of the piece...
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 1800 item #1047857 (stock #2A-814A18)
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This heavily potted, glazed Seto stoneware dish with “shochikubai” design is known as a “fuki-zumi” plate because of the unusual technique of sprayed glaze decoration. Edo period, ca. 1800. One of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, Seto produced ceramic wares in Aichi Prefecture...
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 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 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...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1000589 (stock #2A-810)
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This unusual Japanese Sumida Gawa ceramic vase in scalloped ovoid form with transmuted flambé glaze is decorated with a large windblown flower molded in high relief. Early 20th century; unsigned. Except for the smooth white foot rim, the vase is fully glazed all over with dense and richly crackled, variegated shades of green and blue which transmute into one another. The large white blossom is realistically molded in high relief, with distinct petals, pistols and stamens. The shape of the bloss...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #685731 (stock #12-164A22)
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This striking hand woven indigo dyed “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile is made from medium weight hand spun “aizome” (indigo) dyed cotton. Meiji period, ca. 1880. It has a blue and white “kiku karakusa” (chrysanthemum and scrolling vine) pattern done in the traditional resist stencil-dyeing technique called "katazome." The resist used was rice paste, not wax, and the light weight hand-carved stencils (“katagami”) were made of mulberry paper coated with persimmon tannin. A...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #916181 (stock #5-240)
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This very rare and enigmatic bronze seal, known in Japan as an “ito-in” or silk seal, was likely cast in China around the 16th century during the Ming dynasty. The finial is a horse and rider, with an aperture for a cord on one arm. The octagonal base, considerably thinner than an ordinary seal, has an engraved design that looks like a strange Chinese character.

During the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Japan began to import great quantities of silk from China. Silk was one of the most i...

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. Two curved tusks extend from its mouth, which is open to...
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. It wears a rectangular brocade saddle-cloth, tied around its ample belly with a tasseled red cinch, painted in the Kak...
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 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...