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 #825532 (stock #2-849A12)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain cup and saucer set is hand painted in vivid colorful enamels on a pure white ground, with the mark of Imaizumi Imaemon painted in underglaze blue on the foot of each piece. 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-20th century. Both the cup and saucer are decorated with mandarin oranges and leaves (“tachibana”)...
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...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 #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...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #741797 (stock #2-828A45)
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$395.00
These superior quality Japanese iro Nabeshima porcelain dishes with sloping sides are boldly hand painted in polychrome enamels on a pure white ground. The mark of Imaizumi Imaemon is painted in underglaze blue within the foot ring. We believe these dishes to be by either Imaemon XII (1897-1975) or early Imaemon XIII (1926-2001), which would date them to the mid to late 20th century. In striking contrast to the clear white porcelain body, the front of each dish is simply and subtly decorated wit...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1960 item #1250823 (stock #7A-117)
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$195.00
This striking mid-20th century shin-hanga Japanese woodblock print features two vibrant variegated camellia blossoms against a deep black ground. Red artist signature seal in lower left hand corner; publisher’s marks in left and right margins. Artist and publisher unknown. The beautiful open blossoms explode in variegated shades of red, pink and white emerging from brown branches which sport dark and light green leaves. The stunning floral composition stands out dramatically against the dark ...
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 : 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. The de...
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 : 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 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 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...