Japanese and Chinese antiques and art from B & C
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #583612 (stock #4-269A22)
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$260
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #270233 (stock #2B-662)
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$495
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #136588 (stock #4A-070)
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$95
This delightful clay Japanese Gosho doll or ningyo dates to the 1930’s. Standing with his feet apart on a black wooden base, he holds a ball in his outstretched right hand. His body is glazed in characteristic brilliant gofun-like white, and his facial features are well modeled and delicately painted. His vest is done in purple glaze, and his red and gold silk apron is tied with a gold silk cord...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$695
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 1920 item #524782 (stock #6-406A21)
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$120
This unusual Japanese copper bronze kugikakushi (ornamental metal covering to hide nails) was cast in the form of the graceful tied “noshi” decoration with a mythical jewel. Meiji period (1868-1912). The original backplate is copper. The artistic motif which represents noshi – several long strips gathered in the middle – is among the most distinctive in the Japanese design repertory. Noshi were originally thin strips of dried abalone attached to a gift presented at propitious events...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #272029 (stock #2B-658)
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$1,250
This classic, thickly potted early Japanese “sometsuke ozara” (blue and white porcelain charger) is hand painted with crisp underglaze blue designs of tightly-curled tako-karakusa (scrolling octopus vine) around a central medallion of shochikubai (pine, plum and bamboo) framed by a flower head band. It dates to the first half of the 19th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1060800 (stock #2A-012A9)
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$375
The front of this fine Chinese white porcelain dish has been painstakingly decorated with rows of Chinese calligraphy characters in underglaze cobalt blue. Qing dynasty, late 19th century. There is a tiny blue leaf alongside the top calligraphy row. The reverse side bears a four character hallmark or trader’s mark painted in underglaze blue. The mark is surrounded by three blue bats, an auspicious creature in China and an emblem of happiness and longevity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #156221 (stock #2C-326)
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$95
Japanese Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form in classic floral design. Early 20th century. The front of this white glazed bottle is decorated in underglaze blue with a freely-drawn design of a peony blossom and leaves, and a blue circle containing kanji characters next to a butterfly decorates the back. The base is recessed, and the foot rim is unglazed. This is an example of Arita ware which was made for domestic use and not for export...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #850726 (stock #TK-1)
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$120
“The Best Book on Satsuma: Over 300 Marks and Signatures” is a newly published (October 2008), exquisitely-illustrated book by Thomas S. Kiernan, 236 pages, 12” x 8 ½”, hard cover, dust jacket...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #650500 (stock #2-680A)
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$165
This richly decorated Japanese Imari dish features the rare chocolate brown matte glaze and bears the underglaze blue orchid Koransha mark and signature on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The interior is decorated with polychrome overglaze enamel flowers and a turtle around underglaze blue bamboo on a brown matte ground with gilt swirling clouds. A black matte band decorated with blue and turquoise bamboo leaves surrounds the rim, which is gilded. The exterior rim is decorated with three set...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #317930 (stock #2C-386A25)
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$225
This portable crescent-shaped ceramic sake container, called a “dachibin,” is one of the classic shapes of Tsuboyan pottery (tsuboya-yaki) and unique to Okinawa. Mid-20th century. The body is randomly covered with a buff colored glaze which exhibits the normal glaze crazing. The pottery biscuit shows through areas along the shoulder and side where the glaze did not spread. There are splashes of rich speckled copper green glaze around the spout and both lugs. The neck is finished in a rich br...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #50080 (stock #2-525)
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$95
Lovely Japanese Kutani porcelain footed sake cup washing bowl (“haisen’) decorated with birds and flowers. Meiji/Taisho period. On the base are two red seal script characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is subtly decorated in brown enamel with gold scroll designs and hundreds of minute raised dots carefully painted with a brush tip in turquoise enamel. In the interior of the bowl is a pink peony. The exterior continues the peony theme wi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #457205 (stock #11C-040)
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$575
This expressive freestyle Japanese basket for flower arrangements (“hanakago”) is woven from both thin and thick split bamboo strips and likely dates to the early 20th century. An unidentified three-character signature is carved into one of the bamboo strips on the base. The warm burnished brown ovoid body is crafted with hexagonally plaited thin strips of bamboo into which wide thick bamboo strips have been inserted, giving the basket the overall appearance of irregular “midare” plaitin...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Dolls : Pre 1940 item #401472 (stock #4-248A34)
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$325
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. The doll comes in its original wooden tomobako storage box, which is signed on th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #167312 (stock #SB-26)
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$195
This lovely Japanese tortoise shell comb (“kushi”) is painstakingly decorated on both sides with gold takamakie (raised lacquer) on a black lacquer ground. Signed “Gyoku Kou.” Meiji period (1868-1912). The fine repeating design of rolling gold waves is juxtaposed against two floral medallions on this simple yet elegant comb. There is even an iridescent sprinkling of inlaid agaoi (abalone shell) representing dew drops on the leaves of the flowers.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #457814 (stock #12-179A21)
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$195
This lovely vintage Japanese hand embroidery depicts fierce two tigers emerging from a bamboo grove and dates to the early Showa period, ca. 1930�s. The shimmering silk threads and subtle silk background surrounded by a gold silk brocade mat are protected beneath glass and enclosed in a dark green faux malachite frame. The delicate satin stitch embroidery is worked with extremely fine silk threads in muted shades of gold, silver, green, black, brown and white. The rich luster and glimmer of...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #42203 (stock #2-552)
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$110
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. There is a well-modeled handle affixed to the molde...