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 : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1129800 (stock #2D-104)
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$375.00
This wonderful Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain sake drinking set was delicately hand painted in bright polychrome enamels on a pure white ground. The set contains two small sake flasks (“tokkuri”) and five sake cups (“sakazuki”). Each of the seven pieces bears the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot. 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 to late 20th century...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047A47)
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$390.00
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 : 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...
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...
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. 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #41296 (stock #12-139A42)
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$90.00
This delightful diminutive silk kimono is decorated in brilliant colors, depicting cranes and other auspicious symbols of good luck to be conferred on the child who wore it. Early Showa period. The kimono is hand sewn and fully lined in white cotton which provides a lovely quilted effect. Background checkered panels, primarily in shades of royal blue and tan, serve as the backdrop to red-headed cranes in flight.

The crane is one of the most popular and frequently depicted symbols of longevit...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1282376 (stock #2-875)
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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.

Kutani (which means nine valleys) is a small village in Kaga Province on the northwest...

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. The uneven jagged-cut edge is a most unusual variation of the “rinka...
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 #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. The overall appearance is mor...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #376604 (stock #2B-721)
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$180.00
This decorative Japanese Kutani porcelain plate with a raised “pie crust” edge is hand painted with colorful polychrome enamels in a brilliant Kakiemon palette in Ko Kutani (old Kutani) style. Early 20th century. The base is signed with the typical Kutani black “fuku” or good fortune mark within a double lined square washed over with green enamel. Eight roundels containing different flowers, fruits and maple leaves surround a central medallion composed of chrysanthemums. The rich overgla...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #1060242 (stock #7A-090)
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$3,800.00
Complete boxed set of twenty-four original Japanese woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) entitled “Japanese Dolls GOSHO NINGYO.” Published by Meiji-Shobo Publisher of Tokyo in 1935, the series was printed in celebration of “Children’s Day” on May 5th and sold in sets. This set is complete with all 24 designs, each tipped in its original presentation folder and in the original folio box, along with title pages in English. Each doll print is signed “Hasui” and sealed. Althou...