Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #151525 (stock #SB-19)
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$2,200.00
This exquisite diminutive inro is decorated on both sides with shimmering iridescent aogai (“blue-green shell”) inlay depicting peony blossoms and leaves interspersed with small pieces of gold foil inlay (kirigane) on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned; black lacquer interior. Roiro is a technique using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. It is only used on the highest quality inro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #54806 (stock #4-017)
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$850.00
Three standing Japanese ladies-in-waiting Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina matsuri”) dolls on black lacquer base with six-panel gold folding screen. Meiji period. Their expressive faces have several layers of gofun, with delicately painted hairlines, eyelashes and eyebrows. Their mouths are open, showing teeth and tongue, and they have inset glass eyes. There are signatures on the wood stems of their removable heads...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #66165 (stock #2B-380)
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$375.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #313901 (stock #2B-667)
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$280.00
This unusual Japanese Imari porcelain plate is hand painted with six thick blue rimmed horseman roundels surrounding a central medallion decorated with a “Red Cliff” boat picture like those on late Ming dynasty Red Cliff bowls. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century...
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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #51853 (stock #2B-381)
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$230.00
Lovely Japanese porcelain bowl, likely Seto ware, which may also be a scaled-down hibachi or handwarmer known as “te-aburi.” Meiji period. The clear underglaze cobalt blue decoration is beautifully hand-painted in great detail with freely drawn designs of peonies and weeping willows. A double underglaze blue ring encircles the foot. Seto porcelain glazes are more glassy than those of Imari, and the paste is somewhat coarser...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #310312 (stock #11E-111A23)
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$360.00
The exterior of this unusual sake bottle (tokkuri) is decorated with the three-petal mon of the Tokugawa family executed in gold and silver makie lacquer and kana-gai metallic foils scattered on a fine nashiji (pearskin) sprinkled gold lacquer ground. Mid-19th century. The interior is covered in red lacquer. The composition of the mon decoration is varied, with some done in gold makie lacquer; others in gold and silver makie; and also some in gold and silver kana-gai foils...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1187787 (stock #9-119A39)
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$270.00
This unusual cluster of Japanese hand bells, called “suzu” bells, was actually once used by an actor portraying a Sambaso dancer. Late Edo/early Meiji period (mid-1800’s). There is a wooden handle, an engraved brass hand plate and fittings, and thirteen brass bells on three rungs -- two bells on the top rung, four in the middle and seven on the bottom...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #458757 (stock #BR-1)
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THE ARTS OF AN ADDICTION: QING DYNASTY OPIUM PIPES AND ACCESSORIES is a newly published (September 2005), exquisitely-illustrated, limited-edition book by Carlos Armero (Spain) and Ben Rapaport (USA), 219 pages, 11 ¼” x 8 ¾”, hard cover, dust jacket. Written by two avid collectors, this scholarly book contains more than 275 color and black and white images of opium pipes and related utensils, along with related graphic art, a chapter devoted to “where to see” and “where to buy”, an...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #694438 (stock #2D-109A19)
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$595.00
Housed in its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”), this unusual ceramic sake set in classic Chinese fa-hua style is of Japanese origin and dates to the late Meiji period, ca. 1880-1912. The two sake flasks (“tokkuri”) are signed on the bottom in underglaze blue with the six character mark which reads “Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo” (Eiraku made). This signature is from one of the later generations of the Zengoro family, a line of renowned Kyoto potters going back to the 16th centu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047)
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$590.00
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. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a refined herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #879056 (stock #8-082A5)
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$195.00
This lovely Japanese akasuke (“pigeon blood”) ginbari cloisonné enamel vase is decorated overall with a profusion of flowering plum blossoms. Early to mid-20th century. Unmarked, but very likely from the Ando factory. Against the transparent ruby red background, an opaque cloisonne design of branches of flowering plum (“ume”) blossoms and leaves, enclosed in silver and gilt wires, stands out in contrasting but equally brilliant opaque colors, completely encompassing the body of the vas...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #335690 (stock #11-305)
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$395.00
This wonderful Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” made of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle and was hand carved out of a single tree stump. Meiji period (1869-1912). The two round cutout carvings on the inside of the basket indicate that it might have served as a tabako-bon smoking tray. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement. The inherent natural honey-colored hue of the wood enhances the rich grain ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #680584 (stock #6B-307A20)
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$295.00
This fine pair of early 20th century Japanese silver napkin rings, which are contained in their original box, are incised with figures of Okame and Daruma and ornamented with gold and shakudo inlays using the numone-zogan technique. Numone-zogan is sometimes classified as an overlay or an onlay technique as opposed to an inlay one inasmuch as there are no grooves cut for the inlaid metals. These are stamped “sterling” above the number 950 and the letters SBD on the inside of each ring, and t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #270233 (stock #2B-662)
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$495.00
This marvelous Japanese Imari porcelain plate is quite unique inasmuch as it was decorated in classic shonsui style but was done so with brilliant polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue design. Likely mid-19th century, but possibly earlier. On the reverse there is a four character underglaze blue mark that was used on Imari wares in the 18th century. (See page 274 of “Shibata Collection Part IV” for mark.) A heavily brocaded gilt and iron red background w...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #551671 (stock #2B-800)
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$330.00
This classic early Japanese blue and white ko Imari sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) dish with scalloped edge is decorated with a handpainted “meijin karakusa” design around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo). Late 18th /early 19th century. The meijin karakusa pattern, which is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, is in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little m-shaped curls. This is one of the many scrolling vine patterns which appear on domesti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1052626 (stock #2C-413)
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$1,750.00
This impressive Japanese Arita sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) tokkuri (sake bottle) in bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in underglaze cobalt blue with tako-karakusa (octopus vine) scrolls between a plain everted rim and a band of rectangular “jurinmon” lappets. Late Edo/early Meiji period, mid-19th century. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed and encircled by two blue lines. Displaying a boldness of design, the tako-karakusa p...