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.

Kutani ware tea bowl bowl haneusagi rabbit chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese
Kutani ware tea bowl bowl haneusagi rabbit chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese
$45.00
IA4 Japanese Vintage Kutani Imari Arita plate 15 cm 6inch Antique Bowl dancing
IA4 Japanese Vintage Kutani Imari Arita plate 15 cm 6inch Antique Bowl dancing
$18.71
IA9 Japanese Vintage Imari Arita Kutani plate 15 cm 6 Antique Bowl
IA9 Japanese Vintage Imari Arita Kutani plate 15 cm 6 Antique Bowl
$18.71
IA8 Japanese Vintage Imari Arita Kutani plate 15 cm 6 Antique Bowl bamboo plum
IA8 Japanese Vintage Imari Arita Kutani plate 15 cm 6 Antique Bowl bamboo plum
$18.71
ANTIQUE JAPANESE OCTAGONAL KUTANI CUPS WITH SAUCERS
ANTIQUE JAPANESE OCTAGONAL KUTANI CUPS WITH SAUCERS
$170.00
VINTAGE JAPAN SIGNED AKAE RED KUTANI PORCELAIN ROUND COOKIE JAR JAPANES LADIES
VINTAGE JAPAN SIGNED AKAE RED KUTANI PORCELAIN ROUND COOKIE JAR JAPANES LADIES
$45.00
RARE Japanese BLACK ZAIMEI Overglaze Sleeping KUTANI Neko LUCKY CAT Zen Statue
RARE Japanese BLACK ZAIMEI Overglaze Sleeping KUTANI Neko LUCKY CAT Zen Statue
$330.00
Japanese Kutani Okimono of Fukurokuji
Japanese Kutani Okimono of Fukurokuji
$249.00
Vintage Japanese porcelain small vase with beautiful flowers signed Kutani
Vintage Japanese porcelain small vase with beautiful flowers signed Kutani
$129.00
Japanese Kutani Egg Shell Porcelain Cup signed
Japanese Kutani Egg Shell Porcelain Cup signed
$9.99
Antique Kutani Geisha Girl 19th Century Scalloped Porcelain Bowl 10  Japan
Antique Kutani Geisha Girl 19th Century Scalloped Porcelain Bowl 10 Japan
$29.99
Antique Meiji Era Hand Painted Kutani Teapot Dragon Handle Orange Gold Signed
Antique Meiji Era Hand Painted Kutani Teapot Dragon Handle Orange Gold Signed
$225.00
4 c1940 Rare Japanese Porcelain Kutani Thousand Flower Pattern Rice Bowls w Lid
4 c1940 Rare Japanese Porcelain Kutani Thousand Flower Pattern Rice Bowls w Lid
$160.00
Pair Japanese Kutani Porcelain Ginger Jars Potiche Vases Urns
Pair Japanese Kutani Porcelain Ginger Jars Potiche Vases Urns
$1,504.41
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Chocolate pot great condition Meiji period
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Chocolate pot great condition Meiji period
$76.00 (12 Bids)
2 Antique Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Double Gurd Hand Painted Vases 1868
2 Antique Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Double Gurd Hand Painted Vases 1868
$294.14
19th Century Meiji Period Arita Imari Kutani Porcelain God of Good Luck Daikoku
19th Century Meiji Period Arita Imari Kutani Porcelain God of Good Luck Daikoku
$168.07
19th Century Meiji Arita Polychrome Kutani Prunus Blossom Koro Incense Burner
19th Century Meiji Arita Polychrome Kutani Prunus Blossom Koro Incense Burner
$100.84
JAPANESE KUTANI SAKE CUP Very Fine ANTIQUE 19th Century SIGNED
JAPANESE KUTANI SAKE CUP Very Fine ANTIQUE 19th Century SIGNED
$29.99
Japanese Kutani porcelain plate Showa period 1920s
Japanese Kutani porcelain plate Showa period 1920s
$25.20
Japanese Kutani porcelain vase double gourd shape Japanese beauties bi
Japanese Kutani porcelain vase double gourd shape Japanese beauties bi
$84.03
Large Japanese porcelain tray by Noritake Kutani pattern C 1920s
Large Japanese porcelain tray by Noritake Kutani pattern C 1920s
$42.01
Japanese Kutani porcelain double gourd vase Showa period 1920s
Japanese Kutani porcelain double gourd vase Showa period 1920s
$42.01 (1 Bid)
Japanese Kutani porcelain bowl signed 1920s
Japanese Kutani porcelain bowl signed 1920s
$16.79
c1868 Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Yaki Vase
c1868 Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Yaki Vase
$300.00
Rare Antique Japanese Kutani Okimono Kannon Guanyin Buddha Shishi Foo Dog 13
Rare Antique Japanese Kutani Okimono Kannon Guanyin Buddha Shishi Foo Dog 13
$420.75
Rare Early Japan Kutani Kyusu Teapot Set Waka Poems Calligraphy Writing Chawan
Rare Early Japan Kutani Kyusu Teapot Set Waka Poems Calligraphy Writing Chawan
$293.25
Rare Japanese Kutani Tokkuri Sake Bottles Cup Set Waka Calligraphy Poems 6 pcs
Rare Japanese Kutani Tokkuri Sake Bottles Cup Set Waka Calligraphy Poems 6 pcs
$335.75
Rare Meiji Period Kutani Imari Oval Shaped Covered Box
Rare Meiji Period Kutani Imari Oval Shaped Covered Box
$149.00
Authentic pre 1937 Marked Hand Painted Tashiro Shoten Kutani Bowl
Authentic pre 1937 Marked Hand Painted Tashiro Shoten Kutani Bowl
$10.00 (2 Bids)
Antique Late 19thc Kutani 10 pcTea set Old mark Lots of Gold Gilt Perfect Con
Antique Late 19thc Kutani 10 pcTea set Old mark Lots of Gold Gilt Perfect Con
$75.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Milk Jug Creamer Hand Painted Geishas Scenes
Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Milk Jug Creamer Hand Painted Geishas Scenes
$26.88
Very Large Japanese Kutani wine jug Hotei  musicians  Quail chicks 27cm C1880
Very Large Japanese Kutani wine jug Hotei musicians Quail chicks 27cm C1880
$168.07
VINTAGE JAPANESE FUJITA KUTANI PORCELAIN GINGER JAR CINNAMON GILT CHRYSANTHEMUM
VINTAGE JAPANESE FUJITA KUTANI PORCELAIN GINGER JAR CINNAMON GILT CHRYSANTHEMUM
$19.99
1920s or 30s Striking Black  Orange Japanese Kutani Vases
1920s or 30s Striking Black Orange Japanese Kutani Vases
$72.79
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI LIDDED BOWL Meiji Period 1800s
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI LIDDED BOWL Meiji Period 1800s
$285.00
Antique Kutani Geisha Girl 19th Century Stemmed Porcelain Bowl 5 3 4  Japan
Antique Kutani Geisha Girl 19th Century Stemmed Porcelain Bowl 5 3 4 Japan
$15.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Incense Burner Koro
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Incense Burner Koro
$570.00
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Fan Dance Sucrier
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Fan Dance Sucrier
$113.74
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Plate
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Plate
$81.89

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

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