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 : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #720358 (stock #6-432A34)
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$565.00
This simple and elegant Japanese hand hammered copper vase in basket form with a double entwined relief work handle is an unusual representation in Art Deco style of a “hanakago” or bamboo flower basket. Early 20th century. The four sides flow in a softly rounded shape from a square base and culminate in a square lip...
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...
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 : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1960 item #776522 (stock #7A-019)
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$130.00
This original woodblock print by artist Hasegawa Sadanobu III (1881-1963) features a Kabuki actor from the Edo period boldly portrayed in a classic role. 20th century, ca. 1950’s. The actor plays the role of a samurai villain, with his katana sword drawn and an angry expression on his face. The printed signature and seal are offset to the right side, above what is likely the printer’s seal mark...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #125746 (stock #2A-593)
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$95.00
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 : 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...
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 : 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #317930 (stock #2C-386A25)
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$225.00
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 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 : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1292406 (stock #2-873)
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Charming little porcelain model of a crouched bunny rabbit; early 20th century. This cute little fellow has gilded fur, whiskers and ears which are finished with iron red enamel. The suggestion of fur is finely rendered in the gold enamels on the white, wonderfully-modeled porcelain body. The gold fur markings on this rarer rabbit figure are similar to those found on the more widely produced Kutani cats. The plain white porcelain base is unglazed and unmarked. There are two tiny firing holes, on...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1930 item #1062761 (stock #11C-046A23)
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$390.00
This large elegant Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930), the bottom is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Shokushosai." Suzuki Shokushosai was an active basket maker in Tokyo during the first three decades of the 20th century. (See Plate 21 in “Containing Beauty: Japanese Bamboo Flower Baskets” for a basket and signatu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #1238027 (stock #11-377A41)
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$450.00
Featuring expert craftsmanship and classic Japanese styling, this traditional style wooden shrine is skillfully handcrafted of cedar or cypress and contains many of the fine detailed architectural elements found on larger Shinto shrines in Japan. This kamidana is an official product of the Samukawa Shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and dates to the mid-to-late 20th century. It was crafted in unfinished wood and topped with a thick and heavy thatched roof with deep eves which is surmounted by...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #401472 (stock #4-248A34)
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$325.00
This simply enchanting little Japanese doll in kimekomi style stands on a black lacquer base alongside his black and white puppy. Early Showa period, 1930-1940. The child is holding a black and gold lacquer fan and a strung paper kite. He is dressed in a blue silk kimono which has been dyed and painted to scale. Face and hands are covered with gofun (crushed oyster shell), and the hair is finished in black lacquer. The doll comes in its original wooden tomobako storage box, which is signed on th...
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. Her metal coronet is topped with an elaborate phoenix (ho-o bird) and rests o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #1033475 (stock #4A-251)
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$975.00
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...
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. Luster glaze consists of a thin metallic film on the basic glaze, either added directly to it for an overall effect of put on over a...
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...