Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1940 item #1097022 (stock #4A-081)
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This large vintage costumed gosho doll stands with one foot raised while he rides a poled hobby horse. Taisho/early Showa period, ca. 1920/1930. His right foot is affixed to a black lacquer base and which fits into a lacquer and glass vitrine with hinged door and mirrored back. His shoulder length hair is tied with a classic top knot...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1970 item #659310 (stock #4-273)
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This absolutely charming Japanese folk toy of a dog is crafted from shoufu-nori paste and sawdust of paulownia wood and dates to the mid-late 20th century. The outer surface is covered with gofun (crushed oyster shell) which has been boldly hand painted with black spots and colorful facial features. A bordered red patterned silk jacket and bib is applied to the body, and a red silk crepe collar encircles the thick neck.

“Hariko” is a papier-mache folk toy...

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 #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 #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 1900 item #184210 (stock #6B-343)
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This shallow filigreed copper plate, called a “keko,” was an important implement in Japanese Buddhist rituals. Mid-late 19th century. The copper has been pierced and chased in a design of lotuses and scrolling vines. The design on the copper openwork flower basket with a solid attached rim consists of an elaborate arabesque of scrolling vines with lotus flowers and leaves. The openwork section was first cut from a sheet of copper...
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 : Japanese : Pre 1960 item #1189148 (stock #13-010A28)
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Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world, the Japanese oban was a large oblong striated and stamped gold piece, which often appeared painted with Japanese characters. This is a gilded gilded brass replica of the rare oval gold Tensho Naga (“long”) Oban. There are overall striations and stamped circular emblems of paulownia on both sides, and the front is painted with large black calligraphic characters. It likely dates to the mid-20th century...
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 : 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)...
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 #1186197 (stock #2D-058A33)
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This delicate Japanese sake cup (“sakazuki”) is decorated with a dragon in high relief in varied shades of gold and silver lacquer on a red lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The dragon, created in takamakie (raised lacquer) emerges from rough swirling waves done in both takamakie and hiramakie (flat lacquer). Details such as his piercing eyes, whiskers, beard and claws are finely rendered in low relief. There are stylized clouds and prunus branches and blossoms in the sky above the d...
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. After firing, the figures were coated with gess...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #845604 (stock #2-852)
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This winsome Kutani porcelain model of a sleeping cat (“nemuri neko”) with its gilded fur and a colorful decorative collar is one of the larger examples of this genre, which range in size from just over an inch to over a foot in length. Marked “Made in Japan,” it dates to the early 20th century. The suggestion of fur is finely rendered in brushed gold enamels on a pure white porcelain body. The collar is painted in iron red enamel with moriage (low relief) aqua colored dots and aqua gla...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #1008752 (stock #3-168)
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This fine square two-sectioned Chinese paktong (“pai-tung” or “baitong”) incense clock is has an unusual openwork lid which is pierced, engraved and punched. It dates to the mid to late 19th century, Qing Dynasty. The cover is decorated at its center with the circle of yin and yang surrounded with the eight trigrams derived from “The Book of Changes” (I Ching). The single compartment has an interior recessed tray to hold the perforated incense seal template. The paktong body and cove...
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. The copper bottom is stamped with a four-character signature or hallmark, denoting a piece of superior quality and metal craftsmanship.

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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. The patinated brown and red mottled cast bronze lid bears an extensive signature inscription which reads: "Nippon...
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 ...