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 : Chinese : Pre 1920 item #177238 (stock #4-216)
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This Farmer is one of the rarer Door of Hope doll characters, and this one dates to ca. 1920. He's dressed in hand-stitched blue cotton calf-length trousers and a matching jacket. These are covered by Chinese-style rainwear of a straw skirt and cape, and his wide-brimmed hat is made of woven straw. He has finely carved pear wood head and hands, carved and painted black eyes, painted black hair, well-detailed carved ears, and a closed mouth with an enigmatic smile...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1093545 (stock #2C-306)
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This exceptional Japanese porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”), hand painted in delicate and subtle overglaze polychrome enamels, is the work of Kakiemon Sakaida XII (1878-1963). The highly refined, white glazed and heavily potted body is sparsely decorated with a classic bird, flower and figural landscape design in the traditional Kakiemon palette of iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and soft aubergine. The square foot is unglazed...
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 #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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1036438 (stock #2-870)
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Made by distinguished Japanese studio potter Shofu Katei (1870-1928), this lovely porcelain ovoid vase is skillfully decorated with a pair of elegant cranes on a lightly graduated underglaze pale mauve/pink ground and light blue foreground. Signed “Shofu” in underglaze blue on the base, it dates to the Meiji period, ca. 1910. Two large red headed white cranes, with black wing tips and throats, can be seen standing among rocks in shallow blue water...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. Its bold simplicity is extremely appealing and gives the piece a marvelous sculptu...
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 : 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.

Most andon plates feature the design known as “tetsu-e” (“iron pictures”), the freestyl...

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. She is dressed all in red with a red silk pao top embroidered with flowers and gold trim. The side-pleated red silk skirt is embroidered in flowers, with beaded tassels hanging down the sides. Her elaborate headdress, with a red veil in place over the face, is heavily beaded, and she carries a red handkerchief with an embroidere...
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. The interior is painted in fine underglaze cobalt blue with a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” design boat picture like those on late Ming d...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #809590 (stock #7A-114)
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Lovely mid-20th century Japanese woodblock print by Nisaruro Ito (1910-1988) entitled “Iris,” sealed with the artist’s seal and published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi of Kyoto. Nisaburo Ito was one of the well known Kyoto area Shin Hanga artists who was interested in promoting the art of the woodblock print. He is best known for his beautiful flower prints and landscapes which recalled the beauty of an earlier age before modernization. The artist was a student of Tsuchida Bakusen at the Kyoto ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1152348 (stock #11-372)
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This fine heavy wooden pothook or kettle-hook hanger (“jizai-gake”), hand carved from a large block of densely-grained zelkova (keyaki) wood, was once suspended by a heavy rope from the high roof beams of a Japanese home or shop. Edo/Meiji period, 19th century. This is a wonderful example of the Daikoku type of kettle-hook hanger, distinguished by the integral, inverted V-shaped roof-like upper part of the hook, which reminds the Japanese of Daikoku’s floppy cap. Daikoku was one of the Sev...