Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1009403 (stock #2-869)
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This striking Japanese studio porcelain dish is hand painted with a design of white herons set against a dark green ground. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1910. On the reverse there is a four-character signature in underglaze blue that reads “Senpoen sei” (made by Senpoen), a porcelain manufacturer in Gifu City.

The coloration of the herons is soft and subtle, with the white gradually darkening into a light and then darker shade of green and ultimately fading into the background of the dish...

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 #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...
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 #922622 (stock #6A-426)
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This exceptionally fine ornamental tetsubin (cast iron kettle) in squat form is decorated in Komai style with extensive gold and silver hira-zogan and nunome-zogan inlays. Meiji period, 19th century. The heavy patinated cast bronze lid bears the engraved signature “Kinryudo zo,” the shop name of a renowned tetsubin specialist in Kyoto (see signature illustrations 154 to159 in TETSUBIN P.L.W. Arts). The body is unsigned...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #184210 (stock #6B-343)
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This shallow filigreed copper plate, called a “keko,” was an important implement in Japanese Buddhist rituals. Mid-late 19th century. The copper has been pierced and chased in a design of lotuses and scrolling vines. The design on the copper openwork flower basket with a solid attached rim consists of an elaborate arabesque of scrolling vines with lotus flowers and leaves. The openwork section was first cut from a sheet of copper...
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 #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 1800 item #1079933 (stock #6B-184A8)
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This exceptional pair of copper bronze ritual incense burners, relief cast in the form of Chinese bronze hill censers common in the Han Dynasty, date to ca. 1800. Each censer has a lozenge-shaped pedestal base from which emerges a stem supporting the incense cup. Surrounding the pedestal stem are patterns of Chinese lappets, scrolls and key designs. The cup which holds the incense is covered all around with low relief decoration of waves, rock formations and a lush peach orchard...
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)...
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. The interior is painted in fine underglaze cobalt blue with a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” design boat picture like those on late Ming d...
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. The interior and base are decorated...
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. The paktong body and cove...
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. An ozara decorated with...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #427894 (stock #9-093)
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This hand-carved Japanese statue depicts a standing Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), wearing a Kesa robe. It dates to the early 20th century. Carved from solid stone (either granite or natural volcanic rock) in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, he stands with hands clasped in earnest prayer. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity. He stands on a rock base and is encased in a boat-shaped body ha...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #793650 (stock #2-837)
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The interior of this stunning 24 inch (61 cm) Japanese Imari blue and white porcelain charger (“sometsuke ozara”) is decorated all over with circled crane crests (“tsuru maru mon”) hand painted on a deep vibrant lapis lazuli blue (“ruri gi”) ground. Edo period, early to mid-19th century. A “maru mon” is a circled family crest, and in this design, the ascending crane’s upturned wings actually delineate the circle form. The crane (“tsuru”) is one of the most popular and auspi...