Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1837 VR item #677500 (stock #11-331)
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This rare wooden “jokoban” is a specific type of “kobandokei” (incense clock) used to measure time and/or to make offerings in Buddhist temples by burning incense. Made of cryptomeria or paulownia wood, it dates to the late 18th/early 19th century. The upper section consists of an incense tray in the form of a square wooden box with a latticework cover, and the lower section has a large drawer used for the storage of the tools used to arrange the incense and the powdered incense itself...
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)...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1077869 (stock #2A-815)
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Dating to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period), this engaging seated clay fox (“kitsune”) likely once stood on the open shrine shelf (“kamidana”) high on the wall of some old Japanese house. With his slanted eyes and upright ears and tail, this alert-looking fox sits attentively on a rectangular pedestal. Pottery foxes were formed by pressing sheets of clay into a concave mold. The clay pieces were joined to produce a hollow figure...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1054762 (stock #6A-448A19)
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This heavy antique Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and wonderfully decorated in high relief with grape vines and a squirrel set into deeply recessed irregular panels. Meiji period, ca.1900. The iron body is signed in relief beneath the spout with the four-character seal of “Ueda Zo,” a mark which appears only on tetsubin of the highest quality...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #819147 (stock #2-840)
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This elegant Japanese Kutani porcelain vase in a most unusual asymmetrical gourd shape was created by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III (b. 1933). This vase is a marvelous example of Tokuda’s mastery of the “saiyu” technique of color gradation wherein the translucent Kutani glazes blend and overlap in a brilliant display of colors...
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...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #438745 (stock #3-162)
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This large 19th century Chinese paktong incense clock has been crafted in the form of a Chinese zither-like stringed musical instrument known as a “qin” or "gu qin." The single compartment has an interior recessed tray used to hold the incense seal template and the damper. The paktong lid and body are trimmed in beaded copper, and there is a separate paktong base with a key fret design...
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 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 : 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 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 : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #902201 (stock #2-585)
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This lovely little Japanese porcelain cabinet vase by the renowned Nishiura Enji Studio is signed on the base with the underglaze green seal mark of Nishiura and dates to circa 1900. The front of the vase is decorated with the uniquely-shaped leaves and flowers of a water plantain plant. The water plantain was a very popular crest with the samurai as the plant's other name was "shogunso" or victory plant. In classic mei ping form, the high shouldered vase with a tiny mouth tapers beautifully to ...
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. The front side is dominated by the engraved design of various flower blossoms, including prunus, as ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #162546 (stock #2B-630)
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This important Japanese porcelain cabinet vase by distinguished studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928) is decorated with a pale green floral motif of water plantains on a darker green ground. Signed Shofu, ca. 1910. This high shouldered vase has a wide mouth and tapers to a narrower recessed base. The quality of the painting of the plantain flowers and leaves is realistically rendered and is very appropriate to the elegant shape of the piece. (An identical vase is illustrated on page 58 of "Japan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #993643 (stock #2A-811)
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This richly crackled, glazed Japanese folk pottery stoneware oil dish (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of five cream-colored scattered chrysanthemum (“kiku”) roundels freely hand painted in iron oxide and reserved on a mottled brown-black Oribe glazed ground. It dates to the Edo period, likely circa 1800. The reverse side is unglazed.

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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. These keman were part of the Bing Brothers collection and were purchased from Augustus Bing’s grandson s...
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...