Antique Kutani

Collecting and owning old and original pieces such as Japanese porcelain can be very pleasurable and lucrative. There are many items of antique Kutani porcelain that can be collected and it is also quite easy to identify them too. For the most part, Kutani (and most Japanese pottery and porcelain) was made in the towns where it had originated, also giving the name to the style. After people from the western world came and discovered this pottery, it was exported from Japan to all over the world.

Antique Japanese Plate Multi Color Porcelain Probably Mid to Late Edo Period
Antique Japanese Plate Multi Color Porcelain Probably Mid to Late Edo Period
$68.00
COLLECTION 3 DIFFERENT SETS AND 1 DISH NANKING CARGO1752 CHRISTIES VERY RARE
COLLECTION 3 DIFFERENT SETS AND 1 DISH NANKING CARGO1752 CHRISTIES VERY RARE
$1,099.00
Vintage Japanese Export Ceramic Pottery Collector ID Guide c1860s Imari Satsuma
Vintage Japanese Export Ceramic Pottery Collector ID Guide c1860s Imari Satsuma
$49.95
Pair of Antique Meiji Japanese Kutani Satsuma Vases with many figures
Pair of Antique Meiji Japanese Kutani Satsuma Vases with many figures
£302.30
Hello kitty  Old ImariWine Glass handmade kutani arita
Hello kitty Old ImariWine Glass handmade kutani arita
$74.99
Japanese Antique Porcelain Charger Platter 1800s Old Kutani ware
Japanese Antique Porcelain Charger Platter 1800s Old Kutani ware
$2,347.49
1639794 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE CELADON INCENSE BURNER ARTISTS W
1639794 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE CELADON INCENSE BURNER ARTISTS W
$75.60
1640509 JAPANESE TEA USTENSILS KUTANI WARE PAIR OF IROE SAKE CUP WITH CHILD
1640509 JAPANESE TEA USTENSILS KUTANI WARE PAIR OF IROE SAKE CUP WITH CHILD
$126.00
1640502 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE AKAE SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP
1640502 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE AKAE SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP
$104.30
1645580 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE KINRANDE TEA BOWL ARTISTS WORK
1645580 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE KINRANDE TEA BOWL ARTISTS WORK
$54.60
1645952 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SAKE CUP WITH IROE ZODIAC SHEEP BY CH
1645952 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SAKE CUP WITH IROE ZODIAC SHEEP BY CH
$46.90
1639516 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE IROE SAKE CUP WITH GOLD FLOWERS ARTIS
1639516 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE IROE SAKE CUP WITH GOLD FLOWERS ARTIS
$54.60
1645489 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE TEA BOWL ARATISTS WORK
1645489 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE TEA BOWL ARATISTS WORK
$67.00
282 Antique Japanese Sake Cup WW2 Military Commemoration Artillery Gun Kutani
282 Antique Japanese Sake Cup WW2 Military Commemoration Artillery Gun Kutani
$4.95
281 Antique Japanese Sake Cup WW2 Military Commemoration Horse Cavalry Kutani
281 Antique Japanese Sake Cup WW2 Military Commemoration Horse Cavalry Kutani
$4.95
J36 Japanese Vintage Fuchin Kutani Lucky hummer Koduchi Single ceramic weight
J36 Japanese Vintage Fuchin Kutani Lucky hummer Koduchi Single ceramic weight
$6.67
Vintage Kutani with wooden lid teacup Sansui with box and with sign
Vintage Kutani with wooden lid teacup Sansui with box and with sign
$7.99
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers  Bamboo Hand Painted
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers Bamboo Hand Painted
$169.99
SA100 Vintage Japanese Sake cup Sakazuki Gunpai Kutani Flower Botan Peony
SA100 Vintage Japanese Sake cup Sakazuki Gunpai Kutani Flower Botan Peony
$10.02
VINTAGE 1950S PAIR OF KUTANI PORCELAIN GEISHA LITHOPHANE TEA CUPS
VINTAGE 1950S PAIR OF KUTANI PORCELAIN GEISHA LITHOPHANE TEA CUPS
$125.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI GUAN YIN STATUE
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI GUAN YIN STATUE
$2,480.00
MARKED Yamazaki JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD KUTANI VASE Approx 6 HIGH
MARKED Yamazaki JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD KUTANI VASE Approx 6 HIGH
$20.00
KUTANI VERY RARE ashtray ash tray GOOD LUCK SYMBOLS PORCELAIN WITH GREEN GOLD
KUTANI VERY RARE ashtray ash tray GOOD LUCK SYMBOLS PORCELAIN WITH GREEN GOLD
$85.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Cup  Saucer Meiji Period 1868 1912
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Cup Saucer Meiji Period 1868 1912
$74.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Birds Hand Painted Porcelainware Ashtray
Vintage Japanese Kutani Birds Hand Painted Porcelainware Ashtray
$24.00
Set 3 Superb Japanese Kutani Graduated Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Meiji Period
Set 3 Superb Japanese Kutani Graduated Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Meiji Period
$429.99
Vintage Antique Chinese Japanese Imari Kutani Oriental Plate
Vintage Antique Chinese Japanese Imari Kutani Oriental Plate
£34.09
Small antique Japanese Kutani aka e porcelain cup 1900 15 handpainted NR 3195B
Small antique Japanese Kutani aka e porcelain cup 1900 15 handpainted NR 3195B
£18.60
Antique Japanese plate with butterflies marked Tajima 1920s handpainted NR 3151
Antique Japanese plate with butterflies marked Tajima 1920s handpainted NR 3151
£18.60
Small antique Japanese Kutani cup with go players Meiji era handpainted NR 3489
Small antique Japanese Kutani cup with go players Meiji era handpainted NR 3489
£26.35
FINE PORCELAIN HAND DECORATED COLLECTIBLE PLATE by KUTANI 10 1 4 IN DIAMETER
FINE PORCELAIN HAND DECORATED COLLECTIBLE PLATE by KUTANI 10 1 4 IN DIAMETER
$45.50
2 Signed ANTIQUE Japanese KUTANI Cream PITCHERS Jugs
2 Signed ANTIQUE Japanese KUTANI Cream PITCHERS Jugs
$48.99
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Biscuit Jar with Lid
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Biscuit Jar with Lid
$54.90
KUTANI RARE JAPAN 19TH CENTURY CHARGER SATSUMA IMARI FOLK ART
KUTANI RARE JAPAN 19TH CENTURY CHARGER SATSUMA IMARI FOLK ART
$2,999.99
Japanese Early Period Signed Kuntani Decorative Plate
Japanese Early Period Signed Kuntani Decorative Plate
$221.25
19Th Century Japanese Porcelain Antique Kutani Hand Painted Birds  Floral Vase
19Th Century Japanese Porcelain Antique Kutani Hand Painted Birds Floral Vase
£15.49
Vintage Japanese Kutani Tokkuri Sake Bottles Cup Set Calligraphy 6 piece Collect
Vintage Japanese Kutani Tokkuri Sake Bottles Cup Set Calligraphy 6 piece Collect
$29.99
HAND CARVED ROSEWOOD KWAN YIN BUDDHIST STATUE Guanyin Kannon Bodhisattva Buddha
HAND CARVED ROSEWOOD KWAN YIN BUDDHIST STATUE Guanyin Kannon Bodhisattva Buddha
$1,200.00
Rare 3 Piece Showa or Kutani Period Blue and White Porcelain Japanese Teapot set
Rare 3 Piece Showa or Kutani Period Blue and White Porcelain Japanese Teapot set
$30.00
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL W SCALLOPED RIM ON LEGS
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL W SCALLOPED RIM ON LEGS
£46.49

This was great for the potters making these vases and pieces as they could get continuous work which was shipping out regularly. However, countries such as China also began to copy these styles and create their own items which were cheaper to make. These items were still marked as "Kutani" but it was written in English, rather than with Japanese kanji.

So to help you identify a proper piece of antique kutani ware, look at the marking on the bottom. If it is in English, then it could be old - but certainly not original.

Markings can be in almost any color, with red dominating Kutani, but black on green, and gold on red are common also. The mark can be incised, impressed, underglaze, over glaze, or in magic marker. They can be centered, off center, in a circle, in a square, in a double square, in a rectangle, stand alone, and can appear on the reverse or the front of a piece, or in both places simultaneously. The mark might be a place, a name of a person, artist, potter, a shop, a kiln, some marks are pictures and not words, or none of the above. The number of ways that 'Kutani' can be written, legibly and illegibly, will cause your calculator to go into scientific notation.

Source: http://gotheborg.com/marks/kutani.shtml

Recent items sold through this site:

150564 Vintage Japanese Kutani glazed pottery Eto zodiac animal cup set
150564 Vintage Japanese Kutani glazed pottery Eto zodiac animal cup set
$60.00
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake cupYamatika made Signed wooden box
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake cupYamatika made Signed wooden box
$1.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Hokusai Waves Edo Meiji
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Hokusai Waves Edo Meiji
$3,700.00
Japanese Kutani ware bowl 3set w sign nice hand painting Aochibu 7207
Japanese Kutani ware bowl 3set w sign nice hand painting Aochibu 7207
$24.99
JAPAN 19th C KUTANI 5 Character Mark ORNATE SMALL TRAY Iron Red  Pearl
JAPAN 19th C KUTANI 5 Character Mark ORNATE SMALL TRAY Iron Red Pearl
$199.99
EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MOMOYAMA EDO TEA JAR Echizen Tamba Pottery
EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MOMOYAMA EDO TEA JAR Echizen Tamba Pottery
$4,750.00
Vtg Hand Painted JAPANESE Calligraphy Kutani CPO Immortal PORCELAIN Saki Cup CPO
Vtg Hand Painted JAPANESE Calligraphy Kutani CPO Immortal PORCELAIN Saki Cup CPO
$5.00
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake bottles and cups with Signed wooden box
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake bottles and cups with Signed wooden box
$3.99
Antique Japanese Meiji Era Ko Kutani Yoshidaya Hotei Figural Porcelain Kogo Box
Antique Japanese Meiji Era Ko Kutani Yoshidaya Hotei Figural Porcelain Kogo Box
$124.00
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake bottles and cups with Signed wooden box
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake bottles and cups with Signed wooden box
$3.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE QING DYNASTY BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN CUP
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE QING DYNASTY BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN CUP
$380.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA DRAGON VASE Meiji Period By Hododa
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA DRAGON VASE Meiji Period By Hododa
$425.00
Kutani Tea cup Yunomi with Chinese poem Kanshi Kinran Iroe satsuma
Kutani Tea cup Yunomi with Chinese poem Kanshi Kinran Iroe satsuma
$19.99
STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
$195.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER DESK BOX Fine Urushi Maki e Japan Storage Dresser Tray
ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER DESK BOX Fine Urushi Maki e Japan Storage Dresser Tray
$125.00
3 EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER BOWLS EDO MEIJI PERIOD SAKE Maki e
3 EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER BOWLS EDO MEIJI PERIOD SAKE Maki e
$150.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Longevity Wealth Fukurokuju 1800s Meiji
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Longevity Wealth Fukurokuju 1800s Meiji
$200.00
Kutani ware Kumisakazuki High Quality Japanese Sake cup set of 6
Kutani ware Kumisakazuki High Quality Japanese Sake cup set of 6
$66.00
STUNNING ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s 8 available
STUNNING ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s 8 available
$145.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
$80.00
Kutani Plate with Samurai Kinran Iroe satsuma
Kutani Plate with Samurai Kinran Iroe satsuma
$19.99
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
$3,200.00
STUNNING ANTIQUE JAPANESE RED LACQUER SAKE BOWL EDO MEIJI Katakuchi Pitcher
STUNNING ANTIQUE JAPANESE RED LACQUER SAKE BOWL EDO MEIJI Katakuchi Pitcher
$1,200.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN SCENIC FIGURES PLATE BOWL SIGNED
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN SCENIC FIGURES PLATE BOWL SIGNED
$42.50
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED VASE  TRINKET BOX SIGNED
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED VASE TRINKET BOX SIGNED
$34.50
Kutani creamer cup vintage antique gold village water mountain
Kutani creamer cup vintage antique gold village water mountain
$10.00
HUGE KUTANI Hand Painted Fine Porcelain Arita Ware Aode Style Dish 19th Older
HUGE KUTANI Hand Painted Fine Porcelain Arita Ware Aode Style Dish 19th Older
$277.89
ANTIQUE JAPANESE POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Edo Meiji Mingei Tokkuri Wabi Sabi 1800s
ANTIQUE JAPANESE POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Edo Meiji Mingei Tokkuri Wabi Sabi 1800s
$175.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ARITA PORCELAIN COVERED BOX Finest Nigoshide White 1800s
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ARITA PORCELAIN COVERED BOX Finest Nigoshide White 1800s
$165.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1800s Meiji Edo Arita Sometsuke
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1800s Meiji Edo Arita Sometsuke
$135.00
08708 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE IROE CHAWANtea bowl ARTISTS W
08708 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE IROE CHAWANtea bowl ARTISTS W
$12.00
08706 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE KOUGOUIncense container ARTIST
08706 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE KOUGOUIncense container ARTIST
$12.00
08703 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE KOUGOUIncense container ARTISTS
08703 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE KOUGOUIncense container ARTISTS
$12.00
Gorgeous vintage Japanese Kutani Koro Censer fu lion 35 by 35 widefooted
Gorgeous vintage Japanese Kutani Koro Censer fu lion 35 by 35 widefooted
$19.99
Exquisite vintage Japanese Meiji Kutani tea caddy box jar signed Seifu Chikuei
Exquisite vintage Japanese Meiji Kutani tea caddy box jar signed Seifu Chikuei
$29.00
Exquisite vintage Japanese Kinrande Kutani Kouzan Gama box Red gold PEONY 475
Exquisite vintage Japanese Kinrande Kutani Kouzan Gama box Red gold PEONY 475
$19.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Finest Porcelain Edo 1800s 8 Available
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Finest Porcelain Edo 1800s 8 Available
$220.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE IMARI COVERED TEAHOUSE BOWL Rare 1800s Porcelain
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE IMARI COVERED TEAHOUSE BOWL Rare 1800s Porcelain
$120.00
VINTAGE JAPANESE HAKATA DOLL STATUES Rare Mochi Makers Pair Old Man and Woman
VINTAGE JAPANESE HAKATA DOLL STATUES Rare Mochi Makers Pair Old Man and Woman
$145.00
Kutani 1900 1940 Octagon Footed White Green Porcelain Bowl Stamped Fuku 6293
Kutani 1900 1940 Octagon Footed White Green Porcelain Bowl Stamped Fuku 6293
$5.00

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