Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #875020 (stock #2-853)
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Rarely seen, this heavily potted Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) ceramic piece is an actual squat toilet used from the late Meiji to early Showa periods in Japan. This one dates to the early 20th century. The cobalt blue transfer print design consists of a scrolling vine (“karakusa”) and flower motif all around the edges, with a key fret pattern design along the exterior rim...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #457814 (stock #12-179A21)
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$195.00
This lovely vintage Japanese hand embroidery depicts fierce two tigers emerging from a bamboo grove and dates to the early Showa period, ca. 1930�s. The shimmering silk threads and subtle silk background surrounded by a gold silk brocade mat are protected beneath glass and enclosed in a dark green faux malachite frame. The delicate satin stitch embroidery is worked with extremely fine silk threads in muted shades of gold, silver, green, black, brown and white...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #661747 (stock #6-428)
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$110.00
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 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1940 item #1194473 (stock #11-375A36)
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$395.00
This delightful little house and garden tableau contains an incredibly 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #156222 (stock #2A-619A3)
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$150.00
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.

Hamada Shoji is modern Japan’s most renowned potter. After studying painting and ceramics and traveling abroad, h...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1233394 (stock #6A-456A40)
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$695.00
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. The bold and strongly rendere...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #878719 (stock #2-833)
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$110.00
This charming Japanese Arita porcelain bowl has a fluted “rinka” (flower petal) style rim and is glazed in pale celadon (“seiji”) on both the front and back sides. Early 20th century. Signed in underglaze blue, the five character mark reads “Imari Kosen.” Offset to one side in the interior is an overglaze green, red, yellow and black design of vines and leaves with fruit. The unglazed foot rim shows the smooth white porcelain clay from which this bowl was potted. Arita is a town on t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #588122 (stock #2B-772)
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$285.00
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 : 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 : 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. Two ofuda talismans (also called “goshin...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #633694 (stock #11E-139A2)
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$280.00
This large red and black lacquer deep dish in chrysanthemum form with relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The carved edges of the bowl represent the sixteen petals of a chrysanthemum blossom. This design originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum. The central medallion is carved in relief with three overlapping chrysanthemum leaves. The reverse is com...
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. The neck is finished in a rich br...