Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 1900 item #739671 (stock #11-287A16)
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This wooden figure is a wonderful hand-carved rendering of a standing Jizo, the bosatsu (Buddhist saint) who is one of the most popular and revered Buddhist deities in Japan. Early Meiji period, mid-19th century to late 19th century. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity. His shaven head and bare chest were covered with gold lacquer, and his robes bear many coats of a brownish/red lacquer covering...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #836872 (stock #2-851)
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This stunning oversized Japanese sometsuke (underglaze blue and white porcelain) vase in bulbous form with small mouth and everted rim is meticulously hand painted with the dragon and wave motif. Signed by the sometsuke master Kato Gosuke IV (1839-1905), it dates to the early Meiji period. The heavily potted vase is decorated overall with two elongated five-toed dragons sinuously encircling the body amid stylized waves...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #640990 (stock #15-219)
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This most unusual oblong Chinese paktong (“pai-tung”) opium box is decorated with designs of roundels containing auspicious symbols. Qing Dynasty, ca. 1860-1880. The details are both incised and carved away, with the recessed portions enameled in dark blue. The interior is sheathed in copper. An important part of the paraphernalia connected with opium smoking was the opium box, which was used to hold the gummy substance. Opium boxes are small in size, usually round or oblong in shape...
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 1920 item #1000589 (stock #2A-810)
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This unusual Japanese Sumida Gawa ceramic vase in scalloped ovoid form with transmuted flambé glaze is decorated with a large windblown flower molded in high relief. Early 20th century; unsigned. Except for the smooth white foot rim, the vase is fully glazed all over with dense and richly crackled, variegated shades of green and blue which transmute into one another. The large white blossom is realistically molded in high relief, with distinct petals, pistols and stamens...
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...

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 #531488 (stock #6B-411)
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This wonderful pair of antique Japanese “keman” in flattened circular shape were hand crafted of pierced gilt bronze and decorated with engraved lotus flowers and leaves which surround a symmetrical, looped and knotted “cord” with a relief “karahana” (China flower) in the center. Meiji period, late 19th century. A flattened round knob on the top contains an oval suspension loop...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #846211 (stock #4B-02)
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Always among the most coveted and valuable of the Chinese “Door of Hope” mission dolls is the Traditional Bride. This doll, in pristine condition, dates to ca. 1920...
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 #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 #955700 (stock #6-458A11)
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This elegant little black table screen has four panels with a continuous landscape scene inlaid with gold and silver on an iron base. Meiji period, early 20th century. There is a three character kanji signature in the right hand corner which reads “Toshikazu Saku” (made by Toshikazu). From right to left, the detailed landscape scene includes a golden temple with a pagoda on the shore of a lake. Sailboats appear in the background and foreground, and Mount Fuji rises above it all. On the other...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #345361 (stock #2B-691)
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This fine and important Japanese Kakiemon-style porcelain model of a white elephant stands four-square with its head lifted and turned to the left and dates to the Meiji period (late 19th to early 20th century). Its curled trunk, flanked by two short tusks, is raised high as if to trumpet. Crescent shaped green eyes outlined in black enamel are painted below its arched eyebrows. It wears a rectangular brocade saddle-cloth, tied around its ample belly with a tasseled red cinch, painted in the Kak...
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. (In Chinese le...
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 #1124937 (stock #6A-446P)
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Cast using the lost-wax method, this unusual low relief ornamental Japanese iron teapot (“tetsubin”) has a unique design in Chinese scholar taste (“bungin”). Meiji period (1868-1912). The heavy patinated bronze lid bears an engraved signature that reads “Shouun-do, Zo" (Shouun-do made). The subtle simplicity of the relief casting on this kettle is superb. The background design is composed of three panel segments covered with an overall low relief cast flower and stylized waves design....
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #413878 (stock #2C-391A15)
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This fine Japanese porcelain tokkuri (sake bottle) in pleasing square form with stepped top and flared neck is richly hand painted with birds, figures and foliage. Meiji period, (1868-1912). There is a red “fuku” (happiness or good fortune) mark painted on the unglazed base. Each side features highly decorated panels positioned asymmetrically amid flowers and vines on a pure white ground. Fan shaped panels contain figures of bijin (beautiful women) beneath flowering cherry trees, and heart s...