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 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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #865605 (stock #6-453A44)
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$175.00
This wonderful set of Japanese kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was relief cast in the form of “karahana” and dates to the early 20th century. The metal has been coated to simulate copper or bronze. The flowers were cast in high relief with an offset punched ground filled with tiny circles, and the details are finely rendered. Both kugikakushi have the characteristic squared push-pin type shafts...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #680584 (stock #6B-307A20)
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$195.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$695.00
These matched Japanese black and red lacquered sake containers in sleeve cask form (“sodedaru”) are decorated with the family crest (mon) which depicts a water plantain “(omodaka”) plant. Dating to the early 20th century, both are signed. Red lacquer trims the top, bottom and side edges of the container, and the mon on the front side is finished in silver lacquer. This color contrast is quite pleasing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #291382 (stock #6B-349)
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$1,250.00
This elegant and distinctly Japanese bronze flower vessel was cast in futabana style with a classic low body, crisply cut shoulder and wide flaring trumpet-shaped mouth. Mid to late 19th century. Just above the shoulder and on either side of the neck, which is deeply engraved with Chinese-style lappet decoration, are two applied karashishi (Chinese lions) handles cast in bronze in exquisite detail...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1207904 (stock #12-999A36)
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$175.00
This beautiful two-sided kimono sash (“obi”) is woven of the finest silk brocade and decorated with auspicious symbols in shimmering metallic soft pastel shades. Taisho period, early 20th century. The decorative motifs, which cover both sides of this reversible obi, include cranes, chrysanthemums, pines and fans in muted shades of gold, silver, rust red, ochre, aubergine, green, white, tan, gray and black on a beige silk ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1920 item #1183321 (stock #4A-194A35)
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$675.00
An unusual Japanese gosho ningyo doll dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Sublime pose as this chubby little figure holds twig branches in his right hand, and a turtle is suspended from his left. Breathtaking attention to detail throughout including chirimen silk costume and ribbon pattern (“mizuhiki”) on top of head. The doll has teeth, which is rare, and a feature found on only the highest quality dolls...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770A41)
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$370.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1920 item #149870 (stock #SB-18)
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$275.00
This simple four case black lacquer inro has a leathery sharkskin-like texture which is decorated with etched designs of scrolling vines (karakusa). Meiji period (1868-1912). Plain black lacquer interior. The ojime consists of a simple mottled turquoise glass bead. Inro are small Japanese containers made in several sections which are fitted on top of each other so perfectly that the joints are hardly noticeable. They required great skill to craft...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831A47)
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$320.00
This elegant Japanese porcelain dish in scalloped octagonal form is hand painted in vibrant overglaze polychrome enamels and comes with its original signed wooden storage box (“tomobako”). There is a two character underglaze blue signature on the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #625516 (stock #12-189A27)
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$850.00
Using a rice paste resist design technique called “tsutsugaki,” this dramatic Japanese “futongawa” or “futonji” folk textile has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with origami cranes, pine trees and snow. Meiji period, late 19th century. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”) in melon (“mokko”) form. Surrounding the mon and filling each of the four corners are pine trees in the snow accented with folded paper “origami” cranes. The crane (“tsuru”) ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1900 item #154704 (stock #4-002A46)
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$395.00
This wonderful pair of Japanese Girl’s Day Festival (“Hina Matsuri”) Emperor and Empress dolls are seated on brocade-edged tatami display stands and date to the mid to late 19th century. The emperor is clad in purple silk brocade with a long sword tucked into his waist. The empress is dressed in elaborate multi-layered robes of colorful red silk. Her lapels are embroidered with gold wrapped threads in a scrolling design, and her long sleeves are more intricately embroidered in a floral mot...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #285236 (stock #2C-377A38)
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SOLD
This classic “kasa-dokkuri,” or “umbrella sake bottle,” with its rich brown fluted ceramic body, is a wonderful example of mingei Tamba ware. Meiji period, late 19th century. An indistinguishable potter’s mark is incised on the base. The unglazed body has no applied glaze, but there is a section on one side and on the mouth where naturally-occurring ash glaze was deposited in the kiln.

Tamba, a remote and mountainous area lying to the northeast of Kyoto and Osaka, has been the cent...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #776792 (stock #2-834A37)
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$325.00
This delightful Kutani enameled porcelain figure of a small boy dressed in fancy brocades was beautifully modeled and hand painted in a bold and bright color palette that is more typical of Imari wares. Meiji period (1868-1912). The boy, probably representing an actor or a dancer, stands with feet apart and his left arm raised above his head. His richly brocaded kimono is vividly painted in iron red, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and aubergine overglaze enamels with gilt highlights. There are a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #196244 (stock #SB-30)
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This square earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been freely decorated with an iron brown enamel tree branch and green enamel bamboo leaves on a buff crackle-glazed ground beneath a glossy transparent glaze. Edo period, early 19th century. The transparent glazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are glazed in a cobalt blue design on the exterior, have an iron oxide brown lip rim and foot rim.

This square form dish is called a “kakuzara”...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #810014 (stock #12-166)
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$1,350.00
This large dramatic Japanese folk textile futon cover (“futongawa” or “futonji”) is made from 100% home spun cotton sewn together lengthwise and then decorated with rice paste resist dye designs in shades of white and light blue on a dark blue indigo ground. Meiji period, late 19th century. The bold designs has been skillfully hand drawn and decorated with several auspicious symbols of longevity: the crane, tortoise and shochikubai. In the center of the cover is a family crest (“mon”...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #520518 (stock #2B-794)
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$285.00
The exterior of this handsome Japanese Arita porcelain bowl is wonderfully decorated with allover randomly arranged roundels hand painted in underglaze blue and soft overglaze enamels on a clear white ground. Ca. 1850-1875. This bowl is unusual inasmuch as it was decorated in classic heirloom shonsui style but was done so with vivid polychrome enamels and gilt in addition to the more typical underglaze blue designs. The base bears an apocryphal four character reign mark of the Chinese Ming dynas...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #35871 (stock #2C-323A32)
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$195.00
Blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form. Meiji/Taisho period. This white glazed bottle, which is freely decorated in a rich bright underglaze sapphire blue with a design of leaves or fronds, was made for domestic use and not for export. Underglaze bands of cobalt blue encircle the neck, waist and foot, and there is a recessed base and unglazed footrim. Arita is a town on the island of Kyushu which has been a center of Japanese porcelain production since the ...