Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 #1124937 (stock #6A-446P)
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Cast using the lost-wax method, this unusual low relief ornamental Japanese iron teapot (“tetsubin”) has a unique design in Chinese scholar taste (“bungin”). Meiji period (1868-1912). The heavy patinated bronze lid bears an engraved signature that reads “Shouun-do, Zo" (Shouun-do made). The subtle simplicity of the relief casting on this kettle is superb. The background design is composed of three panel segments covered with an overall low relief cast flower and stylized waves design...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #413878 (stock #2C-391A15)
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This fine Japanese porcelain tokkuri (sake bottle) in pleasing square form with stepped top and flared neck is richly hand painted with birds, figures and foliage. Meiji period, (1868-1912). There is a red “fuku” (happiness or good fortune) mark painted on the unglazed base. Each side features highly decorated panels positioned asymmetrically amid flowers and vines on a pure white ground...
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 1960 item #809590 (stock #7A-114)
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Lovely mid-20th century Japanese woodblock print by Nisaruro Ito (1910-1988) entitled “Iris,” sealed with the artist’s seal and published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi of Kyoto. Nisaburo Ito was one of the well known Kyoto area Shin Hanga artists who was interested in promoting the art of the woodblock print. He is best known for his beautiful flower prints and landscapes which recalled the beauty of an earlier age before modernization...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #615244 (stock #2-808A33)
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This unusual sixteen-sided underglaze blue and white Japanese Arita porcelain (“sometsuke”) dish is boldly hand painted in Shonsui style with horseman roundels within a geometric border. Meiji period (1868-1912), possibly earlier. There is a small two-character mark painted in underglaze blue on the bottom of this stoutly potted plate...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #845604 (stock #2-852)
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This winsome Kutani porcelain model of a sleeping cat (“nemuri neko”) with its gilded fur and a colorful decorative collar is one of the larger examples of this genre, which range in size from just over an inch to over a foot in length. Marked “Made in Japan,” it dates to the early 20th century. The suggestion of fur is finely rendered in brushed gold enamels on a pure white porcelain body...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1189148 (stock #13-010A28)
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Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world, the Japanese oban was a large oblong striated and stamped gold piece, which often appeared painted with Japanese characters. This is a gilded gilded brass replica of the rare oval gold Tensho Naga (“long”) Oban. There are overall striations and stamped circular emblems of paulownia on both sides, and the front is painted with large black calligraphic characters. It likely dates to the mid-20th century...
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...
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. The high foot ring is unglazed.

Mashiko has been a major folk pottery center since the 1850’s producing primarily utilitarian table wares...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #449208 (stock #11C-041)
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This finely plaited bamboo ikebana basket (“hanakago”) was crafted in the unusual moon (“tsuki”) shape and was made for hanging flower arrangements. Meiji period (1868-1912). An unidentified three-character signature is carved onto a bamboo strip inserted into the base...
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.

The “fr...

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. Particularly finely executed examples of incense clocks such as this one were equipped with elaborate deta...
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. Encircling the shoulder and running over the sides is a flowering vine with leaves and gourds picked out in richly colored overglaze e...
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. A band encircling the base of the neck is decorated with waves cast in low relief.

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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. Their legs, beaks, eyes and the patches on ...
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 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...