Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
B & C ANTIQUES WILL BE CLOSING.

After over 30 years in the antiques business, the time has come for B & C Antiques to phase out. After the death of my husband and business partner, I have been unable to maintain it on my own, so as of December 2015, the business will cease. I have marked down the prices on many of my listed items, and I am willing to consider any reasonable offers. I will also do my best to add more new inventory in the upcoming months.

I would like to thank all my wonderful online customers for their interest and confidence over the past 13 years, and I look forward to working with you again in the upcoming final months.

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 #949962 (stock #2-860)
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This wonderful large Japanese Imari Imari “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with a pair of whimsical white rabbits molded in low relief on an underglaze blue background of scrolling clouds and flying cranes. Meiji period (1868-1912). The low relief white bodies of the two hares occupy the forefront against a light blue decorated ground highlighted with small areas of darker cobalt blue, creating a vivid contrast in color and texture...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #488623 (stock #2-778)
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These classic Arita porcelain vases in desirable fluted double gourd form are painstakingly decorated in Kakiemon style with soft overglaze enamels. Meiji period (1868-1920). The base bears a red “fuku” (good fortune or happiness) mark. The front of each vase is finely hand painted in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, aubergine and gold enamels over a clear bright white glaze...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #1292406 (stock #2-873)
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Charming little porcelain model of a crouched bunny rabbit; early 20th century. This cute little fellow has gilded fur, whiskers and ears which are finished with iron red enamel. The suggestion of fur is finely rendered in the gold enamels on the white, wonderfully-modeled porcelain body. The gold fur markings on this rarer rabbit figure are similar to those found on the more widely produced Kutani cats. The plain white porcelain base is unglazed and unmarked...
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 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 1900 item #1151267 (stock #2-872)
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This rare and important Japanese sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted in rich underglaze blue with circular roundels depicting the fifty-three stations of the famed Tokaido Road. Edo period, ca. 1800-1840...
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 1920 item #650500 (stock #2-680A)
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This richly decorated Japanese Imari dish features the rare chocolate brown matte glaze and bears the underglaze blue orchid Koransha mark and signature on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912)...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1150187 (stock #11-371A23)
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This unusual tea tray has been realistically hand carved from a single piece of wood in the form of a curled lotus leaf. Meiji/Taisho period (early 20th century). The front depicts the top of an open lotus leaf with curled outer edges, including the upper and lower edges which are completely folded over the top. The lightly chiseled top surface is covered with incised leaf veins which radiate from the center, and a separately carved stem peaks out from beneath the leaf. The reverse side is also ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1292998 (stock #2C-134)
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This distinctive heavily potted turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with incised calligraphy decoration was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-late 19th century. The kanji characters for sake have been carved into the ash-speckled brown glazed body. The thick foot rim is unglazed. (See Figure 71 in FOLK KILNS II by Kichiemon Okamura from the Famous Ceramics of Japan series of books for a similar example.)

This is a marvelous shape known as ...

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. There are stylized clouds and prunus branches and blossoms in the sky above the d...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #529505 (stock #11-327)
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This extraordinary example of a Japanese adjustable “yokogi” crosspiece was carved in fabulous detail from densely-grained Japanese hardwood in the shape of a swimming carp. Meiji period (1868-1912). There is a three-character signature of the artist “Numata saku (made)” carved into the bottom of the fish, which is most unusual since folk art was usually anonymous. The realism of the carving is incredible. Its bold simplicity is extremely appealing and gives the piece a marvelous sculptu...
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. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width differentials from the top to the bottom of the basket. A thick strip of bamboo surrou...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #52574 (stock #9-050)
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Rare early 19th century Japanese lantern clock fitted to an extraordinary custom-made cast bronze base in the early 20th century. The movement is housed in a textured wave pattern brass case with doors on each side and a metal bell on top. A double rotary pendulum, thirty-hour movement with time, strike and alarm are controlled by three sets of lead weights. The escapement has a crown wheel with a double foliot balance. The face has a central dial and pointer contained within an outer disc depic...
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. There are also subtle highlights of ...