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 : 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 : Pre 1960 item #131775 (stock #8-060A17)
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$45.00
Round Chinese cloisonne covered box; mid-20th century. The cover is nicely decorated with mauve and white flowers which are enclosed in thick brass wires on a mauve ground. A delicate tiny butterfly hovers above one of the blossoms. Stylized blossoms and leaves in the same colors decorate the sides. The interior and the base are covered in turquoise enamel, and the rims and foot ring are crafted of brass...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1282376 (stock #2-875)
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$160.00
This winsome porcelain figure of an Akita puppy dates to the mid-20th century. The cute little fellow has gilded fur and painted whiskers, and his mouth and collar are finished with iron red enamel on the pure white, wonderfully-modeled porcelain body. The plain white porcelain base is glazed and signed in iron red enamel with a two-character Kutani mark, and there is a large firing hole beneath the mark...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #806212 (stock #11E-143A16)
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$295.00
This lovely round red and black lacquer tray with hand carved peony blossoms and leaves was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The alternating layers of color create a rich effect on the low relief carving, adding to its three dimensional quality. There is a wonderful depth and patina to the richly textured finish of this tray, which was very likely a tea ceremony presentation tray. The reverse is simply finished with red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #862956 (stock #2-832)
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$95.00
This lovely foliate rimmed, relief edged deep dish is hand painted with butterflies and flowers in a traditional Kutani palette on a pure white ground. Early to mid-20th century. The base bears the underglaze blue four character mark “Kutani Eiju.” The three butterflies are done in underglaze blue with gold overglaze highlights. The blooming flowers are done entiredly in overglaze enamels of black, green, red and yellow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #816919 (stock #4A-272A11)
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$395.00
This charming Japanese gosho ningyo (“palace doll”), with chubby arms and legs outstretched, holds a rattle-type toy in his right hand while he crawls on his stomach. Early 20th century. His one-piece clay body is finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell), and his facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted in wonderful detail...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #869468 (stock #2-841A37)
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This vibrant Japanese Kutani porcelain vase in ovoid form with elongated neck was created by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III (b. 1933). The dark teal blue glaze on the thin neck continues over the top of the shoulder where it trisects through shimmering bands of green and yellow which flow over the rich aubergine (dark purple) glaze that covers the ovoid bottom of the vase...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1221785 (stock #2D-108A40)
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$250.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual sake drinking set includes two Arita porcelain sake flasks (“tokkuri”) and three embossed pewter sake cups (“sakazuki” or “guinomi”). Early 20th century, pre-war. The two flasks are hand painted in shonsui style with diapered panels and bands in underglaze blue on a clear white ground (“sometsuke”). The panels alternate between a landscape scene, geometric patterns, and a calligraphic poem...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #825532 (stock #2-849A12)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain cup and saucer set is hand painted in vivid colorful enamels on a pure white ground, with the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot of each piece. We believe this set to be from the studio of either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date it to mid-20th century. Both the cup and saucer are decorated with mandarin oranges and leaves (“tachibana”)...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135.00
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum. The reverse is finished with red and black lac...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #651147 (stock #2-817)
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$475.00
This lovely Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) hibachi is heavily potted in ovoid form and dates to the early 20th century. The stenciled background on the body is decorated with a scrolling vine (tako karakusa) and pawlonia (kiri) leaf design against which are centered four white curvilinear medallions, two enclosing scenes of mountainous landscapes and the other two with chrysanthemums and birds. Thin borders with a key fret design surround both the curved top and the heavy foot.

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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 : 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 : 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. The plum blossoms are finished in shades of white and yellow, emanat...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #979985 (stock #11E-148A32)
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$295.00
This fine vintage Japanese wakasa-nuri stand with rolled legs has a mosaic-like surface that shimmers with gold foil and tiny inlaid pieces of iridescent mother-of-pearl. Early to mid-20th century. The base of the lacquer is wood which was finished with brown, black and red colors, and the layers of these colors are revealed by polishing the lacquer finish to create this unique and complex pattern. Small pieces of mother of pearl are mixed into the finish creating a lovely overall effect. The ba...