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 : 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 1900 item #1095458 (stock #6A-452)
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This heavy Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and wonderfully decorated in high relief with an aquatic motif. Meiji period, ca.1900. The iron body bears the four-character seal mark of “Ueda Zo” cast in relief beneath the spout -- a mark which appears only on tetsubin of the highest quality. The patinated bronze lid bears the engraved shop name signature “Ryubundo zo,” a famous Japanese family of tetsubin makers and bronze workers from Kyoto...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #449208 (stock #11C-041)
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This finely plaited bamboo ikebana basket (“hanakago”) was crafted in the unusual moon (“tsuki”) shape and was made for hanging flower arrangements. Meiji period (1868-1912). An unidentified three-character signature is carved onto a bamboo strip inserted into the base. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width differentials from the top to the bottom of the basket...
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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1012980 (stock #7A-115A15)
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Entitled “Snow Camellia” ("Kantsubaki"), the enchanting little figure in this highly textured woodblock print by respected Sosaka Hanga artist Kawano Kaoru (1916-1965) is from the Series “Dancing Figure.” This is a genuine lifetime print strike dating from the 1950’s and not a posthumous edition. The square red seal of Kawano is stamped in the lower right hand corner, and there is an oval seal mark printed on the reverse...
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 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...
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 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 #820480 (stock #2-848)
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This sophisticated example of Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain (“sometsuke”) with a celadon border came from a Nabeshima kiln during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The stoutly potted plate has a fluted rim which is molded and glazed in pale celadon (“seiji”) on both the front and back sides. The interior contains a meticulously hand painted central medallion depicting irises along a winding stream hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue on a pure white ground...
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. 38 on page 68 of “Hirado Ware” by...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #351230 (stock #2A-709A21)
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This impressive heavily-potted Hamada style Japanese ceramic plate is skillfully decorated with a transparent wax resist design against a brown, black and traditional kaki glazed background. Mid-20th century. The kaki glaze drips over the edge of the lip onto the transparent glaze covering the back in places. The high foot ring is unglazed.

Mashiko has been a major folk pottery center since the 1850’s producing primarily utilitarian table wares. Kaki (persimmon red) is one of the most popu...

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. The flat front side was covered with...
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 1900 item #924744 (stock #6-457)
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This large deeply waisted Japanese bronze flower vessel with attached karashishi handles is signed “Echigo No Kami Saku” and dates to the mid to late 19th century. Cast in the unique futabana style, it has a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and a wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Positioned just above the shoulder are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail. With their heads turned back and front paws raised up on either side of the neck, it ...
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. The natural color of the wood, plus its hardness and luster, meant that the dolls’ faces,...
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...