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 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...
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 : 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 1837 VR item #736005 (stock #4-271)
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Dating to the late 18th/early 19th century, these rare and important small carved wooden figures represent one of the most elusive genres of antique Japanese doll (“ningyo”) known as Kamo ningyo. The figures are hand carved of willow wood, and scraps of silk and brocade fabric have been embedded and glued to create their clothing. It is this willow wood which gives these dolls their special character...
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 1920 item #1128220 (stock #6-462)
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This exquisite fluted Japanese cast iron hinged box with extensive gold and silver inlays bears the engraved nine character dragonfly mark of Komai of Kyoto and dates to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Engraved into the gilt brass base is the nine-character Komai signature beneath the company’s dragonfly (“tombo”) symbol. The mark reads ”By Komai, living Kyoto, Japan.” This dragonfly symbol was reserved for the Komai Studio’s more important objects with the finest workmanship...
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 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 1900 item #52574 (stock #9-050)
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Rare early 19th century Japanese lantern clock fitted to an extraordinary custom-made cast bronze base in the early 20th century. The movement is housed in a textured wave pattern brass case with doors on each side and a metal bell on top. A double rotary pendulum, thirty-hour movement with time, strike and alarm are controlled by three sets of lead weights. The escapement has a crown wheel with a double foliot balance...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #317759 (stock #2B-687)
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This classic high-shouldered porcelain vase is artfully decorated with polychrome overlgaze and blue underglaze enamels in a floral design of brilliant morning glories and signed by Tominaga Genroku. Meiji period (1869-1912). The body is covered with morning glory blossoms and buds in iron red, orange and gold overglaze enamels set against a background of scrolling tendrils and leaves in underglaze blue and overglaze green and brown enamels on a pure white ground...
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. These lovely miniature paintings incorporate elements long associated with the Tosa school, such as the Heian-style court dress and the open-roof scene shown from a bird’s-eye view with misty gilt cloud formations in the corner...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #715663 (stock #11-346)
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This unusual Japanese folk painting is a classic example of a full-size “ema” or votive painting which would have been presented by an individual to a specific shrine or temple. Meiji period (1868-1912). Hand painted on finely grained cryptomeria wood, this ema depicts several foreigners (“namban”) aboard a large black four-masted sailing vessel. Also on the ship are Japanese men who have boarded from a small boat which rests alongside the black ship. A scale is being used, and the Japan...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #608771 (stock #2C-396)
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Potted in the form of an upright gourd with lobed sides and a small tubular mouth, this important iro (colored) Nabeshima porcelain bottle vase or tokkuri (sake bottle) is wonderfully decorated with foliage in low relief and hand painted with soft enamels. We believe this piece dates to the mid-late 19th century, although it is quite possible that it is earlier. Encircling the shoulder and running over the sides is a flowering vine with leaves and gourds picked out in richly colored overglaze e...
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. Their legs, beaks, eyes and the patches on ...
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 ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #670204 (stock #6-390)
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This important museum collection Japanese bronze flower vessel with detachable butterfly handles was cast in futabana style with a classic low body and a wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Edo period, early to mid-19th century. The squat body, which is engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, is flanked by two removable cast and engraved bronze side handles in the form of butterflies. A band encircling the base of the neck is decorated with waves cast in low relief.

This type of bulbou...

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...