Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150
This large handsome contemporary ceramic pitcher from the Mashiko kilns has been crafted in the style of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978). The thickly potted cylindrical body is set on an unglazed raised foot ring. The exterior is decorated in turquoise and yellow ochre pigments splashed on a background of rich iron brown glaze, and the interior is covered with clear transparent glaze.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1191739 (stock #2A-803A41)
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$195
This well-modeled Iga ware pottery incense storage container (“kogo”) was made in the shape of a Japanese farm house (“minka”). Dating to circa to 1930, it is marked with an engraved two-character signature that reads Taizan. The large overlapping thatched roof comprises the top of the box, with the lower portion of the house forming the bottom...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #125746 (stock #2A-593)
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$95
Handsome glazed and decorated stoneware serving dish (“ishizara”) with overall mustard color on the interior accented with bold splashes of green and blue. The textured rim is decorated all around with short brown drips which match the rich brown glaze covering the exterior. This impressive folk ceramic, possibly Seto ware, appears to date to the1940’s or earlier...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #879056 (stock #8-082A5)
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$195
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047)
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$590
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #806212 (stock #11E-143A16)
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$295
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #317930 (stock #2C-386A25)
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$225
This portable crescent-shaped ceramic sake container, called a “dachibin,” is one of the classic shapes of Tsuboyan pottery (tsuboya-yaki) and unique to Okinawa. Mid-20th century. The body is randomly covered with a buff colored glaze which exhibits the normal glaze crazing. The pottery biscuit shows through areas along the shoulder and side where the glaze did not spread. There are splashes of rich speckled copper green glaze around the spout and both lugs...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #497049 (stock #2B-733)
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$175
This delightful porcelain plate with its brown-edged pie crust rim is boldly decorated in the traditional Kutani palette (green, iron red, turquoise, blue, aubergine, yellow and gilt) with understated elegance and a contemporary twist. Mid-late 20th century. Lush raised white camellia blossoms and leaves are beautifully hand painted with in overglaze enamels on a finely crackled white glazed ground and framed within a fluid border of gold, blue and yellow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #651147 (stock #2-817)
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$475
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831)
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$450
This elegant Japanese porcelain dish in scalloped octagonal form is hand painted in vibrant overglaze polychrome enamels and comes with its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”). There is a two character underglaze blue signature on the base. We believe it dates to the early to mid-20th century, but we have not been able to identify the artist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #134508 (stock #2-605A16)
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$295
These two wonderfully-modeled white porcelain rabbit okimono are each signed with an inscribed signature which appears to read “Kenzan.” Ca.1950. Possibly Arita or Kutani porcelain, they are covered with a fine clear milky-white glaze and have bright black eyes. The bases are unglazed, and there is a firing hole on each of them. One rabbit is sitting on his haunches with two front paws on the ground, the right paw slightly raised. His ears are pointed straight up...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #699510 (stock #4A-018A20)
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$125
This charming early 20th century “gosho ningyo” kneels on chubby knees, his clay body finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #661747 (stock #6-428)
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$110
This most unusual silver miniature was crafted in the form of the brazier component of the Japanese tea ceremony “furo-gama” or “chagama” and dates to the early half of the 20th century. There is an indistinguishable mark stamped into the base. Sitting on three feet, the tiny furo is attached to a round trivet base made to simulate finely grained hardwood with low relief “graining” in the silver. The tiny ringed handles, also with low relief decoration, are hinged and actually move. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #573166 (stock #2-806A29)
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$695
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. Of all styles of Japanese pottery, celadon is one of the most difficult to...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #164162 (stock #11E-101A15)
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$225
This fine early Showa period Japanese black and gold lacquer miniature Buddhist shrine (“zushi”) contains a wood figure of the seated saint Nichiren-shonin, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. The shrine, which dates to ca. 1940, is crafted in rounded rectangular form with double-hinged doors and engraved brass fittings. The rich black lacquered exterior opens to reveal a mellow gold lacquered interior with a gilded transom, the inside of which is covered with red lacquer. All the bras...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #588122 (stock #2B-772)
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$285
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #979985 (stock #11E-148A32)
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$295
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #1033475 (stock #4A-251)
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$1,275
This superb boxed vintage gosho ningyo (“palace doll”) came from Kyoto and dates to the late Taisho period (1912-1926). The paulownia wood storage box (“tomobako”) is signed “Kikko” and stamped by this Kyoto gosho ningyo artist. This delightful infant with typical oversized features crawls over a hand-made red silk cushion. With his chubby arms and outstretched legs, he crawls on his stomach while holding a rattle-type toy in his right hand. He is scantily clad with a hand-painted re...