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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #103921 (stock #SB-3A29)
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The interior of this large footed brown lacquer bowl (“takatsuki”) is superbly decorated with the plumes of autumn grasses finely hand painted in gold makie lacquer. Meiji/Taisho period. The simple brown lacquer exterior is completely undecorated. Pampas grass (“susuki”) is one of the Seven Grasses of Autumn...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #42203 (stock #2-552)
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$110.00
This finely potted Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) “yu-samashi” tea bowl dates to the late Meiji period. Such bowls were used for cooling the hot water for tea during the sencha tea ceremony. The characteristic milky white body, which is covered in a pure lustrous glaze, is extremely delicate. A few blossoms and leaves painted in rich underglaze sapphire blue are scattered freely on the inside and outside of the piece...
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #771084 (stock #2-831)
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$450.00
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. We believe it dates to the early to mid-20th century, but we have not been able to identify the artist...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #709273 (stock #11F-143A38)
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$250.00
This exquisitely delicate gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are beautifully decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and gold takamakie (raised lacquer) floral and leaf designs with accents of gold kirigane inlay on a gold lacquer ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #972656 (stock #2-821)
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$195.00
Three circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plates with a fluted brown rim has been decorated in Kraak style and dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. The back is marked with a distinctive underglaze blue two character archaic style mark which appeared on Arita porcelains ca. 1790 to 1810. (See “Shibata Collection, Part IV, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum” page 274.) The design follows a classic Kraak pattern of the early seventeenth century...
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 : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #52575 (stock #2A-205)
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$195.00
This high-standing ceramic shop hibachi (“mise-hibachi”) features a ribbed concentric ring design with a deep brown glaze streaked with mottled ochre and blue flambe glazes on all sides. Likely Seto ware, Taisho period. Just below the lip is a subtle Chinese key design, which can be seen at certain angles but did not appear in our photographs. There is a thick ceramic divider in the middle to hold the hot coals...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #80007 (stock #2C-297)
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$225.00
This lovely Japanese blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) has an overall transfer printed decoration in the “mijin karakusa” pattern. Meiji period. The mijin karakusa pattern is one variation of the scrolling vine pattern, this one in the form of delicate denticulate leaves and little curls...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1282719 (stock #2C-201)
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$195.00
This unusual Japanese Arita porcelain sake bottle (“tokkuri”) in typical bulbous form with elongated neck was hand painted in overglaze polychrome enamels and gilt. It dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The clear glazed ovoid body is decorated all around with the kotobuki symbols, in both kanji and archaic script, painted in overglaze iron red, turquoise and gold enamels. Heavily potted, the glazed base is recessed, and the high foot rim is unglazed. The “kotobuki” o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #671795 (stock #2-820A27)
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$195.00
This circular Japanese Arita somestuke (blue and white porcelain) plate with a fluted brown rim has been decorated in Kraak style and dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. The back is marked with a distinctive underglaze blue two character archaic style mark which appeared on Arita porcelains ca. 1790 to 1810. (See “Shibata Collection, Part IV, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum” page 274.) The design follows a classic Kraak pattern of the early seventeenth century. The interior is hand painted in brigh...
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 : 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. This doll is made of gofun (crushed oyster shell applied in layers) over a wooden ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #731428 (stock #12-185A20)
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$995.00
This beautiful hand-knotted cotton pile Japanese carpet (“dantsu”) with its stunning and bold design originated from Ako in Hyogo Prefecture, an area famous for its carpet production during the Meiji and Taisho periods. Ca. 1910-1925. This particular carpet was created in classic Ako dantsu design with the pattern of “kani-botan” (the name of a family crest formed of crab-shaped peonies) with a double key fret border. The natural dyes produced wonderful subtle shades of indigo blues and ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #190438 (stock #SB-29)
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$650.00
This rectangular earthenware Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) dish in Kenzan style has been boldly decorated with blossoming plum branches on a cobalt blue and buff crackle-glazed ground. Edo period, early 19th century. The unglazed base is signed “Kenzan.” The short sides of the dish, which are also glazed in similar colors, have an iron oxide brown lip rim. The iron brown and cobalt blue enamels are freely painted beneath a glossy transparent glaze. There is a short inscription in cobalt blue in the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #534628 (stock #6B-410A13)
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$295.00
Japanese bronze water dropper (“suiteki”) in gourd form with handle and spout. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unsigned. The top surface is decorated with low relief casting of gourd leaves and vines, on which a slight copper colored sheen has developed. The diminutive bronze handle has been cast in “mokko” form.

A suiteki was an essential element of the scholar’s desk. It was used by calligraphers and painters to wet an inkstone with measured drops of water. A finger would be held over ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #110240 (stock #6-317A24)
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$425.00
Beautifully crafted cast brass or light bronze coffee pot with high relief decoration of a crane amid rough sea waves and two rabbits staring up at a crescent moon. An unidentified signature is impressed on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The handle is stylized, and there is a hinged cap on the top of the spout and a removable cover with finial. The crane, a symbol of long life and venerable old age, flies above the rough seas beneath a stylized cloud. Such extensive and freely executed repr...