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 1910 item #97344 (stock #2B-586)
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This fine example of Hirado porcelain is a plate beautifully decorated with a scene of two blue and white cranes standing in water, all against a soft pale blue ground. Ca.1900. The pure white exterior of the bowl is decorated with three underglaze cobalt blue flower scrolls. The characteristic fine-grained milky white porcelain body is covered in a pure lustrous glaze. (For a nearly identical plate which was exhibited at the Art Asia Museum, see Catalog No...
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 : 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 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 1837 VR item #174655 (stock #9-072)
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This rare pair of matched clam shell halves, decorated with color and gold pigment, date to the 18th or early 19th century. Part of the Japanese shell matching game, each shell is hand painted in Tosa style with three seated noblemen in a conventional Heian court scene...
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 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 #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 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 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 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 1800 item #671795 (stock #2-820A27)
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This circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a fluted brown rim has been decorated in Kraak style and dates to the Edo period, ca...
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. The head, upper chest and shoulders are precisely carved, but the remainder of the pie...
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 1940 item #1097022 (stock #4A-081)
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This large vintage costumed gosho doll stands with one foot raised while he rides a poled hobby horse. Taisho/early Showa period, ca. 1920/1930. His right foot is affixed to a black lacquer base and which fits into a lacquer and glass vitrine with hinged door and mirrored back. His shoulder length hair is tied with a classic top knot. The doll’s body is finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell), and the expressive facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted in wonderful d...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #105542 (stock #15-207A3)
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A fine embossed and polychromed leather tobacco pouch (“tobako-ire”) with large silver clasp (“kanemono”) depicting a karashishi with peony in relief. Late 19th century. The 10-strand brass chain, held together by a brass ojime-type fitting with relief work dragon, is fitted to a large kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with a gilded silver top, also worked with a dragon in low relief, within an ivory colored manju. The front of the embossed leather pouch is decorated with Japanese irises, ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #869468 (stock #2-841A37)
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This vibrant Japanese Kutani porcelain vase in ovoid form with elongated neck was created by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III (b. 1933). The dark teal blue glaze on the thin neck continues over the top of the shoulder where it trisects through shimmering bands of green and yellow which flow over the rich aubergine (dark purple) glaze that covers the ovoid bottom of the vase. This piece is a marvelous example of Tokuda’s mastery of the “saiyu” technique of color gradation where...
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 ...