Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #700837 (stock #3-125)
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This unusual Chinese scholar’s ink box has been crafted in paktong (“baitong”) and copper in the form of a zither-like stringed musical instrument known in China as a “qin” (also “gu qin,” “ch’in,” “chin”). Late 19th century, Qing period. The cover has seven engraved strings and tuning pins and thirteen inlaid copper marks for notes...
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...
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 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 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 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 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 1910 item #495065 (stock #2-763)
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This fine porcelain vase made by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is beautifully decorated with flowering water plants and signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue. Meiji period, ca. 1910. Emerging from the broad dark green leaves at the base of the plant is a delicate green stalk with soft yellow flowers set against a pale pink ground. The suggestion of water is strikingly portrayed with a teal blue wave which softly fades into the pink background...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #855198 (stock #11F-147)
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This lavishly decorated Japanese makie lacquer hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The front side of the comb is painstakingly decorated with a profusion of flowers and leaves done in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer), takamakie (raised lacquer) and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground overlayed with sections of green and red lacquer...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #678042 (stock #2-813)
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This heavy oversized Japanese porcelain handled vase is boldly decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels with a chidori and wave motif on a pure white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #730103 (stock #2-642)
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These tall slender Japanese Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) vases were made in a classic high shouldered form known as “sakaki-tate.” Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have an overall underglaze hand painted cobalt blue design of tako-karakusa (octopus vine). The karakusa design is one of many scrolling vine patterns used to decorate Arita and Imari wares, and blue and white sometsuke porcelains with the takokarakusa design are examples of wares made for the domestic Japanese m...
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 #537109 (stock #2-798)
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This lovely high shouldered porcelain vase made by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is beautifully decorated with delicate bellflower blossoms and leaves. It is signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue and dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1910. Highlighted against a deep dark green ground, the tall plants emerge from the bottom of the vase. The leaves are hand painted in soft subtle shades of white and light green, and delicate flower blossoms and petals are finished in shades of p...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1128220 (stock #6-462)
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This exquisite fluted Japanese cast iron hinged box with extensive gold and silver inlays bears the engraved nine character dragonfly mark of Komai of Kyoto and dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Engraved into the gilt brass base is the nine-character Komai signature beneath the company’s dragonfly (“tombo”) symbol. The mark reads ”By Komai, living Kyoto, Japan.” This dragonfly symbol was reserved for the Komai Studio’s more important objects with the finest workmanship.

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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1113924 (stock #6A-453)
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Lovely Japanese silver teapot in unusual persimmon (“kaki”) form; globular body with a domed cover; swing strap handle. The base is stamped with the impressed “jungin” or “jyun-gin” (pure silver mark which signifies 950 parts silver) above a four character impressed seal mark which reads “Miyamoto Kinsei" (made by Miyamoto). Meiji period, ca. 1900-1920.

The spectacle of deep-orange persimmon heavy on the bough is one of Japan’s great visual delights. The dried fruits of the ...

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. The dog (“inu”) is much f...