Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : 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)...
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 #35682 (stock #9-060)
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Japanese Pillar Clock in long, narrow zitan wood case. Ca.1860. The clock’s circular brass movement is mounted on top and encased in a removable glazed hood. The brass frontispiece is pierced and engraved with passion flowers, surrounded by four turned corner pillars. A brass bar, attached to the lead weight that drives the clock, has a flower-shaped pointer to indicate the appropriate “hour” as it slowly descends the length of the clock...
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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #916181 (stock #5-240)
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This very rare and enigmatic bronze seal, known in Japan as an “ito-in” or silk seal, was likely cast in China around the 16th century during the Ming dynasty. The finial is a horse and rider, with an aperture for a cord on one arm. The octagonal base, considerably thinner than an ordinary seal, has an engraved design that looks like a strange Chinese character.

During the Muromachi period (1336-1573), Japan began to import great quantities of silk from China...

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...
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 : 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). 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 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...
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...
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 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 : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1146401 (stock #3-139A17)
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This exceptional seven-piece Chinese incense clock in an unusual elongated fan form is crafted entirely from paktong, an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel which had the lustrous sheen and color tone of silver. Qing Dynasty, 19th century. The heavy body is comprised of three segments which fit snugly into a separate paktong base with a pierced cloud design. Only particularly finely executed examples of incense clocks were equipped with such elaborate detachable bases. The openwork cover is crafted...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #49641 (stock #11-281)
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Exceptional Meiji period Japanese tobacco box (“tabako-bon”) in square form meticulously hand-crafted with geometrically-patterned wood inlays. The variety of the inlaid woods is extensive, with numerous colors and grains, giving this piece a rich lustrous finish. The front face is mounted with two copper hangers to hold the pipe, and there is a copper handle affixed to the sides. The box is constructed with three drawers which are fully lacquered. Fitted into one of the drawers is a copper ...
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 1920 item #723298 (stock #12-191)
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Dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912), this superb Japanese indigo tsutsugaki-dyed quilted bridal sleeping cover is called a “yogi” (literally “night wear”). It was made from100% hand loomed cotton that was stuffed with thick cotton batting and sewn into the shape of an extra-large kimono. This one is simply decorated with a family crest (“mon”) in a lighter shade of blue on the back side. It was quilted with white cotton thread in the traditional decorative stitch with tied tassels...