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 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1960 item #537726 (stock #8-075A10)
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$145.00
These three decorative wireless Japanese cloisonné “meimeizara” (plates for the tea ceremony) are decorated with pine, bamboo and plum blossoms (“shochikubai”) in soft translucent enamels on a shimmering foil ground. They date to the mid-20th century and come with their original velvet-lined presentation box. There is a paper label of the Ando Company on the reverse side which is finished in shiny black enamel...
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 : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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This heavy vintage Japanese “ornamental” tetsubin (iron kettle) is strongly cast and decorated in high relief with figures of birds and flowers within deeply recessed irregular panels in a style popularized during the Meiji period. Showa period, mid-20th C. The “front” side is more extensively decorated with a bird perched on one of the blossoming prunus branches, and a somewhat less ornate floral decoration appears in the recessed panel on the reverse side...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #868407 (stock #11E-008)
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The lids of these elegant vintage Japanese lacquer covered bowls are decorated with gold lacquer peonies on a rich black lacquer ground. They date to the mid-20th century. The peony flower blossoms and leaves have been hand painted in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) with takamakie (raised lacquer) highlights on a glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Roiro is a technique of using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. The rims are finished with gold lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #1053973 (stock #11-367)
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Handcrafted of cedar or cypress wood, this vintage Japanese kamidana miniature shrine has architectural features found on larger Shinto shrines and is dated “Showa 2 nen” (1927) on the back. The central double doors open to provide access to an interior sanctuary where “ofuda” shrine charms and other appropriate religious items may be placed behind the hanging silk curtain. There are fragile minutely latticed windows on either side of the doors...
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 : 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 : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #978599 (stock #6-459A13)
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$250.00
These diminutive vintage inlaid place card holders were hand crafted in iron inlaid with miniature designs intricately inlaid in gold and silver. Ca. 1940-1950. The reverse side, the base and the clip to hold the name card in place are made of brass. Made by the Amita Jewelry Company, the bases are stamped “Amita Japan.” Each holder bears a different floral or landscape scene featuring birds, flowers, pagodas, boats and Mt. Fuji...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1282860 (stock #11-380 )
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This intricately crafted little architectural model contains an amazingly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #134508 (stock #2-605A16)
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #849343 (stock #8-080A32)
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$895.00
Fine mirror image pair of Japanese yusen-jippo cloisonne enamel vases in ovoid form with tapering bases, each beautifully decorated with grapes, vines and leaves on a creamy white enamel ground. Dating to the mid-20th century, each base bears the Ando trademark seal in silver wires. Both have applied silver mounts, and the base mounts are stamped C.P.O, an abbreviation for the Central Purchasing Office of the American Occupational Forces.

The elegant design of the grape clusters and leaves ...

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. The gold lacquer flow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1930 item #699510 (stock #4A-018A20)
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$125.00
This charming early 20th century “gosho ningyo” kneels on chubby knees, his clay body finished in white gofun (crushed oyster shell). He is scantily clad in a bib or stomach cloth ("haragake") which has been hand painted over the gofun surface. A braided orange cord encircles the back. His facial features are well modeled and delicately hand painted, and thick black hair falls over the doll’s shoulders.

The gosho doll is one of noble descent, and the name means “palace doll,” a re...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1191739 (stock #2A-803A41)
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$195.00
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. Heavily potted in buff stoneware clay, the exterior, interior, and base sections are covered in a thick ochre colored glaze with small pooled se...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1196617 (stock #2C-235A)
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$110.00
This heavily-potted Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was the product of a folk kiln, likely Tamba, and dates to the mid-20th century. The reddish-brown clay body is covered with a rich dark brown glaze, and the kanji characters for sake have been freely trailed with white slip glaze on the front and the back of the bottle. The original carrying robe encircles the thick neck. The unglazed base bears the inscribed mark “Made in Japan.”

Folk cera...

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 : 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. This piece is a marvelous example of Tokuda’s mastery of the “saiyu” technique of color gradation where...