Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #820480 (stock #2-848)
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This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) with a celadon border came from a Nabeshima kiln during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The stoutly potted plate has a fluted rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon (“seiji”) on both the front and back sides. The interior contains a meticulously hand painted central medallion depicting irises along a winding stream hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue on a pure white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #855198 (stock #11F-147)
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This lavishly decorated Japanese makie lacquer hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The front side of the comb is painstakingly decorated with a profusion of flowers and leaves done in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer), takamakie (raised lacquer) and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground overlayed with sections of green and red lacquer...
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 : 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...
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...
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 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 1920 item #338737 (stock #6B-367)
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This exquisite Japanese gold inlaid miniature bronze chest features hinged doors which open to reveal two small drawers, all extensively worked in two shades of gold and decorated throughout with dragons, landscapes, peacocks and “ho-o” birds (phoenix). Meiji period (1868-1912)...
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 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). The dragon, created in takamakie (raised lacquer) emerges from rough swirling waves done in both takamakie and hiramakie (flat lacquer). Details such as his piercing eyes, whiskers, beard and claws are finely rendered in low relief...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #989878 (stock #11E-147)
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This important Japanese “red-cornered” lacquer document box (“sumiaka ryoshibako”) dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. All sides of the large rectangular covered box are wrapped in coarse red cloth which had been covered in red lacquer. A high domed cover and all side panels are decorated in varied shades of gold makie lacquer with pine, plum and bamboo (“shochikubai”) on a rich black roiro lacquer ground...
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 : Pre 1900 item #444142 (stock #3-161)
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This important 19th century Chinese incense clock, crafted in copper the form of a double “pi” disc, is one of the designs illustrated in the rare book of Ting Yun’s incense clocks. The single compartment has an interior recessed tray to hold the incense seal template and damper, both made of paktong (an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel which had the lustrous sheen and color tone of silver). It sits on a footed base compartment made of copper. The copper lid, body and base are trimmed in b...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and Imari wares, and blue and white sometsuke porcelains with the takokarakusa design are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese m...
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. The first Japanese piece was made in the Ando workshop in the...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #495065 (stock #2-763)
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This fine porcelain vase made by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is beautifully decorated with flowering water plants and signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue. Meiji period, ca. 1910. Emerging from the broad dark green leaves at the base of the plant is a delicate green stalk with soft yellow flowers set against a pale pink ground. The suggestion of water is strikingly portrayed with a teal blue wave which softly fades into the pink background. The subtle and difficult grada...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #902201 (stock #2-585)
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This lovely little Japanese porcelain cabinet vase by the renowned Nishiura Enji Studio is signed on the base with the underglaze green seal mark of Nishiura and dates to circa 1900. The front of the vase is decorated with the uniquely-shaped leaves and flowers of a water plantain plant. The water plantain was a very popular crest with the samurai as the plant's other name was "shogunso" or victory plant. In classic mei ping form, the high shouldered vase with a tiny mouth tapers beautifully to ...
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...