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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #169496 (stock #4-187A6)
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$595.00
Charming “Ichimatsu ningyo” or “Yamato ningyo” doll created in the 1920’s or early 1930’s. This endearing little girl has a soft well-rounded face, an appealing gentle expression, and a sweet serene composure. She has a flesh colored complexion, long thick black hair, brown glass inset eyes, wide brush-stroked eyebrows, handpainted lower eyelashes and a closed soft smile...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #573166 (stock #2-806A29)
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$695.00
Fine molded Kyoto-studio porcelain okimono (standing figure) of snow-clad Mt. Fuji, the exterior and the base covered with fine celadon glaze (“seiji”) and the top decorated in pale underglaze white to replicate the snow at the summit of the mountain. Early 20th century. There is a two-character seal mark of Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) impressed in the biscuit of the base which is surrounded by an unglazed foot rim...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #860448 (stock #8-081A24)
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$325.00
This lovely Japanese akasuke (pigeon blood) ginbari cloisonne enamel vase is decorated overall with a profusion of flowering plum blossoms. Early to mid-20th century. Against the transparent ruby red background, an opaque cloisonne design of branches of flowering plum (ume) blossoms and leaves, enclosed in silver wires, stands out in contrasting but equally brilliant opaque colors, completely encompassing the body of the vase...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1960 item #726679 (stock #6-433A10)
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$195.00
This diminutive Japanese covered silver box is hand hammered and finely stamped in the form of an early Japanese “koban” coin. Possibly a kogo (incense container), it is dated 1957. The bottom of the case bears the Japanese silver hallmark "JUNGIN" (pure silver) and "GINSEI" (made from silver) in Kanji letters. Both can be regarded as over silver 92.5% quality...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047A47)
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$390.00
This large elegant vintage Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century, the bamboo handle is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Chikuyosai." It was crafted in round tapered form with meticulous and minute weaving...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #430005 (stock #2-765A26)
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$295.00
This wonderful Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain dish in octagonal form is hand painted in brilliant enamels on a pure white ground, and the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon is painted in underglaze blue within the foot ring. We believe this dish to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to the mid-20th century. The front is decorated with large vibrant red and pale yellow hibiscus blossoms and unopened red buds in overglaze enamels...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #486917 (stock #4-021)
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$275.00
This charming little pair of Japanese Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina Matsuri”) Emperor and Empress dolls are seated on brocade-edged and black and gold lacquer display stands. Early 20th century. The emperor is clad in purple silk brocade and holds a closed fan in his right hand. He wears a high golden nobleman’s hat. The empress is dressed in a layered robe of colorful red silk and holds an open fan in both hands...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #696306 (stock #11F-142A7)
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$275.00
This lovely inlaid tan and gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and signed ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Taisho/early Showa period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are painstakingly decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) cherry blossoms and a wave design with bright iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a most unusual tan colored lacquer base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #990675 (stock #2-868A11)
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$480.00
This dramatic Japanese Kutani porcelain vase in ovoid form is decorated in polychrome enamels with a “kachoga” (pictures of birds and flowers) design. Ca. early/mid-20th century. A brilliantly-plumed kingfisher is perched upon the stalk of a blooming Japanese iris. The kachoga decoration is beautifully hand painted in the rich and vibrant Kutani palette of blue, green, aubergine, turquoise, yellow, white and iron red enamels on a buff-colored crackle glaze base...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #66165 (stock #2A-380)
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$175.00
Large Japanese ceramic luster glazed bowl with rounded sides. Early Showa period. The exterior is covered with a luminescent silver green glaze, and the interior rim has a pink fading to cream glaze which covers the interior of the bowl. There is overall crackling and a rich lustrous tone throughout the entire bowl. The base is marked with the image of a dragonfly...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #583612 (stock #4-269A22)
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$260.00
This dramatic Japanese wooden doll, known as a “Nara ningyo,” is hand carved to portray the Noh actor Okina (old man) in stylized garments, wearing a mask and holding a fan. Early 20th century, pre-war. The signature of the artist “Ikka” is carved into the back side of the figure...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1190937 (stock #2C-183)
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$110.00
This style of Japanese sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) spouted pouring vessel for sake is known as a “katakuchi.” Early to mid-20th century. The white glazed body is boldly decorated with a freely-drawn design of a large flower blossom and stylized leaves in underglaze cobalt blue. The extended base is unglazed, as katakuchi were originally placed directly on the hot ashes inside a hibachi to keep the sake heated.

This is an example of Arita ware which was made for domestic use and...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #588122 (stock #2-772A44)
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$145.00
Elegant studio porcelain tokkuri (sake flask) or flower vase in double gourd form with even celadon ("seiji") glaze, likely Kyo ware. Dating to the mid-20th century, it bears the impressed signature of the potter on the unglazed base. It comes in its original tomobako (wooden storage box) which is also signed by the potter, whom we have been unable to identify. The rich unctuous bluish-tinged celadon glaze was masterfully controlled where it reached the foot of the vessel and thickly pooled.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1950 item #319782 (stock #9-088A32)
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$125.00
This fascinating deck of Japanese karauta cards for a New Year’s card game comes in its original covered lacquered paper box and dates from the early to mid-20th century. Known as the “100 Poet Cards,” the 200 cards used in this game feature short Japanese compositions from “Ogura Hyaku-nin Isshu,” a classic anthology of 100 poems that was compiled in the 13th century. Each of the 100 poems, whose themes are love, the seasons and several other subjects, is by a different author. The de...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1193153 (stock #11-374A33)
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$595.00
This large lacquered wooden shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) advertises a brand of Japanese sake and dates to ca. 1930. The large heavy trade sign was carved on a single wood plank and decorated with black and gold lacquer, which creates a dramatic contrast. The gilded relief-carved calligraphic characters were translated to read “Aizu seishu,” "Yume Gokoro" (name of sake), “Shouji zoujoujo ginjou (name of the brewery).” Five unidentified geometric characters are finished in a li...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1960 item #1136730 (stock #11-370A19)
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$495.00
Featuring expert craftsmanship and classic Japanese styling, this miniature wooden shrine is skillfully handcrafted of cedar or cypress and contains many of the detailed architectural elements found on larger Shinto shrines in Japan. It dates to the mid-20th century. These miniature architectural features include a large sloped overhanging roof with deep eves atop thick, closely spaced wooden beams; a large transverse roof ridge beam shaped like the top of a torii gate; thick round vertical colu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #879056 (stock #8-082A5)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese akasuke (“pigeon blood”) ginbari cloisonné enamel vase is decorated overall with a profusion of flowering plum blossoms. Early to mid-20th century. Unmarked, but very likely from the Ando factory. Against the transparent ruby red background, an opaque cloisonne design of branches of flowering plum (“ume”) blossoms and leaves, enclosed in silver and gilt wires, stands out in contrasting but equally brilliant opaque colors, completely encompassing the body of the vas...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1103201 (stock #2A-817A19)
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$165.00
This handsome small lidded stoneware jar, typical of Koishiwara ware (“koishiwara-yaki”) pottery, is an excellent example of Japanese ceramic folk art. Dating from the mid-to-late 20th century, this jar was made by “Kumao Ota,” a famous potter in Japan. The gray clay body of the pot was first covered with a coat of white clay slip and then decorated with “chatter-marking” before being coated with clear glaze and random splashes of green and brown glaze. The cover is decorated in the ...