Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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...
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...
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...
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 : 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...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #427894 (stock #9-093)
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This hand-carved Japanese statue depicts a standing Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), wearing a Kesa robe. It dates to the early 20th century. Carved from solid stone (either granite or natural volcanic rock) in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, he stands with hands clasped in earnest prayer. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1837 VR item #151343 (stock #SB-21)
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This square cosmetic box and cover are generously decorated in rich gold and silver makie lacquer with mon (family crests), deftly scattered on karakusa (scrolling floral vines), all reserved on a nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground with details of kana-gai (pieces of gold or silver foil embedded in the lacquer). Edo period, 18th century or earlier. The high slightly domed cover has rounded corners and fits loosely over the box, which it overlaps...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1124937 (stock #6A-446P)
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Cast using the lost-wax method, this unusual low relief ornamental Japanese iron teapot (“tetsubin”) has a unique design in Chinese scholar taste (“bungin”). Meiji period (1868-1912). The heavy patinated bronze lid bears an engraved signature that reads “Shouun-do, Zo" (Shouun-do made). The subtle simplicity of the relief casting on this kettle is superb. The background design is composed of three panel segments covered with an overall low relief cast flower and stylized waves design...
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 1700 item #608003 (stock #11-336)
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This rare pair of early small-scale carved wooden architectural elements, which represent the heads of the elephant-like creatures known as “baku” (“eater of dreams”), were originally mounted as ornaments under the corner roof eaves of a Japanese shrine or temple. Early to mid-Edo period, ca. 1700. Carved in wonderful detail from a block of wood, this mythical animal has a long arched trunk curled downward and crescent shaped eyes...
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...
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. The head, upper chest and shoulders are precisely carved, but the remainder of the pie...
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 : 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 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. The signboard it is holding in front may have had an auspicious saying like "Good Luck" or "Happiness" carved into it at one time, but th...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #678042 (stock #2-813)
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This heavy oversized Japanese porcelain handled vase is boldly decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels with a chidori and wave motif on a pure white ground. Early 20th century. The base is marked with the Koransha scented orchid mark painted in underglaze blue. The footed vase in bulbous form has two molded tao-tieh mask ring handles, and the flared foot is decorated with a geometric design. The rough swirling waves are hand painted in soft shades of underglaze blue. Such ext...
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. ...
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. The front side is dominated by the engraved design of various flower blossoms, including prunus, as ...