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 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...
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 #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...
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...
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 : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1970 item #1282948 (stock #7A-058A46)
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$425.00
Japanese woodblock print by Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) entitled “Kameido Bridge,” from the series Twelve Scenes of Tokyo. Originally published in 1927, this genuine woodblock print is a later impression posthumously printed from Yoshida’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #360477 (stock #9-089A10)
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$275.00
This polychromed clay figure seated on a brightly-colored pedestal in a lacquered chair represents the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi (774-835). Early 20th century. The figure wears traditional brown and saffron colored Buddhist robes. He holds a Buddhist rosary in his left hand and a vajra (mace with four prongs symbolizing a thunderbolt) in his right hand. He sits on a black lacquered wood chair decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue along the edges of the pedestal...
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...
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 : 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...

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 : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #583612 (stock #4-269A22)
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$260.00
This dramatic Japanese wooden doll, known as a “Nara ningyo,” is hand carved to portray the Noh actor Okina (old man) in stylized garments, wearing a mask and holding a fan. Early 20th century, pre-war. The signature of the artist “Ikka” is carved into the back side of the figure. Okina’s strong angled features are well-carved and exquisitely hand painted. His robe is brown with patterned white, blue, green and orange designs finely painted to replicate the fine silk brocade from which...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #497049 (stock #2B-733)
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$175.00
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. Four blue lines and one red line encirc...
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 : 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. This inscribed sterling silver case was made to commemorate the inauguration of the Koban Komatsu Store, a luxury shop which still ...
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...
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.