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 : 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...
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). The interior is decorated with polychrome overglaze enamel flowers and a turtle around underglaze blue bamboo on a brown matte ground with gilt swirling clouds. A black matte band decorated with blue and turquoise bamboo leaves surrounds the rim, which is gilded...
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...
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...
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 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429A42)
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This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin...
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 1920 item #538613 (stock #11-330)
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This highly expressive wooden figure of Daruma has been executed in the “partial carving” technique, which utilizes wood burls or other chunks of wood with great natural character leaving them in their original shapes. Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. With its piercing eyes, which are beautifully rendered in great depth and detail, Daruma’s forceful face shows sheer determination and strong will...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #604925 (stock #2-643A22)
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This stunning Imari sometsuke ozara (blue and white porcelain dish) has been molded in the form of Mount Fuji and decorated with a design of Miho-no-Matsubara (pine groves in Miho). Late 19th/early 20th century. Beneath the snowcapped peak of Mt. Fuji is a lake and landscape scene with mountains and pine trees hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue in extremely fine detail. The lower edges of the dish are decorated with swirling blue clouds...
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 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...
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 #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 #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 : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1122300 (stock #11-302A18)
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This sinuous Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” hand carved of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle jogging diagonally across the top. Meiji period, late 19th century. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement. The inherent natural honey-colored hue of the wood enhances the rich grain in the burl, giving its graphic wavy design a luminous depth and sheen.

This type of moribon basket or tray was used fo...

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...
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 1900 item #1224717 (stock #2-874)
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This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain with a celadon border is known as “Seiji Imari.” It dates to the Edo period, late 18th/early 19th century. The heavily potted dish has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon on both the front and back sides. The lip is gilded. The interior contains a meticulously hand painted central medallion depicting a landscape scene with pine, plum blossom and bamboo -- the “three fr...