Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1184023 (stock #6A-455A29)
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This beautiful Japanese pure silver (“jungin”) teakettle (“ginbin”) is finely crafted and decorated with an engraved floral design. Meiji period, ca. 1900-1920. The base is stamped with the impressed four character mark “jungin” or “jyun-gin” (pure silver). This mark was used primarily during the Meiji period and for a short time thereafter, and the usual standard for it was 950...
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 #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 1920 item #1000589 (stock #2A-810)
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This unusual Japanese Sumida Gawa ceramic vase in scalloped ovoid form with transmuted flambé glaze is decorated with a large windblown flower molded in high relief. Early 20th century; unsigned. Except for the smooth white foot rim, the vase is fully glazed all over with dense and richly crackled, variegated shades of green and blue which transmute into one another. The large white blossom is realistically molded in high relief, with distinct petals, pistols and stamens...
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 1900 item #743890 (stock #2B-698)
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This boldly modeled Japanese Bizen ware okimono depicts a stylized tiger and dates to the late Edo period, ca.1800-1850. The signature of the artist “Shotan” is stamped on the base of the tiger’s tail. The animal is seated on its hindquarters, looking to the left with a fierce expression. The skill of the potter is clearly shown on the wonderfully modeled head with its prominent tongue and teeth, wide open mouth and the hollow eyes...
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 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 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1053536 (stock #11C-045)
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This unique and truly extraordinary 19th century Japanese flower basket (“hanakago”), finely plaited and tightly woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo, was crafted in the form of Daikoku’s treasure sack. Ca. 1850 to 1880. Daikoku is one of the Seven Lucky Gods...
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 1920 item #364891 (stock #11A-108)
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This handsome miniature chest of drawers (“ko dansu” or “ko bako”) is meticulously hand crafted with contrasting hardwood inlays in an overall diagonal checkerboard pattern. Meiji period (1868-1912). On both sides of the chest, cut out finger holes are carved in the shape of pine boughs to facilitate lifting and carrying the chest. There are four drawers in varied shapes and sizes, and the original drawer pull hardware is bronze. With the exception of the bottom, the entire surface of th...
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 1900 item #685731 (stock #12-164A22)
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This striking hand woven indigo dyed “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile is made from medium weight hand spun “aizome” (indigo) dyed cotton. Meiji period, ca. 1880. It has a blue and white “kiku karakusa” (chrysanthemum and scrolling vine) pattern done in the traditional resist stencil-dyeing technique called "katazome." The resist used was rice paste, not wax, and the light weight hand-carved stencils (“katagami”) were made of mulberry paper coated with persimmon tannin. A...
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. His hair is carved with a bra...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1047857 (stock #2A-814A18)
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This heavily potted, glazed Seto stoneware dish with “shochikubai” design is known as a “fuki-zumi” plate because of the unusual technique of sprayed glaze decoration. Edo period, ca. 1800. One of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, Seto produced ceramic wares in Aichi Prefecture. The unique and dramatic effect on this plate was accomplished through the use of a stencil and brown pigment sprayed through a tube to create the outline of pine, plum and bamboo which seems to float on the soft br...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #69754 (stock #2B-562)
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This striking Japanese ceramic jar for storing tea is glazed in the distinctive “hagi-nagashi” format of copper-green stripes over beautifully crackled “white hagi” glaze. Late 19th century. There is a kiln or potter’s mark ink stamped on the base. A container such as this with a wide mouth would have been used for the storage of tea leaves. By 1900 tea began to be shipped in bags and stored in metal-lined wooden chests, replacing the large storage jars.

This jar was made at Shigar...

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. ...