Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 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...
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 1920 item #814763 (stock #2A-802)
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This richly crackled, glazed folk pottery stoneware oil plate (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of a Chinese lantern plant (“hozuki”) and a bird on a buff-colored clay ground with green Oribe overglaze on the shoulder. It dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The design was freely drawn and boldly executed in underglaze iron-oxide brown pigments using just a few simple brush strokes...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #438745 (stock #3-162)
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This large 19th century Chinese paktong incense clock has been crafted in the form of a Chinese zither-like stringed musical instrument known as a “qin” or "gu qin." The single compartment has an interior recessed tray used to hold the incense seal template and the damper. The paktong lid and body are trimmed in beaded copper, and there is a separate paktong base with a key fret design...
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 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 #364891 (stock #11A-108)
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This handsome miniature chest of drawers (“ko dansu” or “ko bako”) is meticulously hand crafted with contrasting hardwood inlays in an overall diagonal checkerboard pattern. Meiji period (1868-1912). On both sides of the chest, cut out finger holes are carved in the shape of pine boughs to facilitate lifting and carrying the chest. There are four drawers in varied shapes and sizes, and the original drawer pull hardware is bronze...
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 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 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 1837 VR item #736005 (stock #4-271)
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Dating to the late 18th/early 19th century, these rare and important small carved wooden figures represent one of the most elusive genres of antique Japanese doll (“ningyo”) known as Kamo ningyo. The figures are hand carved of willow wood, and scraps of silk and brocade fabric have been embedded and glued to create their clothing. It is this willow wood which gives these dolls their special character...
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. Daikoku was one of the Sev...
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. The signboard it is holding in front may have had an auspicious saying like "Good Luck" or "Happiness" carved into it at one time, but th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1184023 (stock #6A-455A29)
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This beautiful Japanese pure silver (“jungin”) teakettle (“ginbin”) is finely crafted and decorated with an engraved floral design. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1920. The base is stamped with the impressed four character mark “jungin” or “jyun-gin” (pure silver). This mark was used primarily during the Meiji period and for a short time thereafter, and the usual standard for it was 950. The front side is dominated by the engraved design of various flower blossoms, including prunus, as ...
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 #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). The black base bears an inlaid gold signature with a mountain mark containing a single character, possibly reading either “Iyama” or “Yamai.” The inlay method used is one known as “nunome-zogan,” an intri...
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. A scale is being used, and the Japan...