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.

VINTAGE HAND PAINTED JAPANESE FROG KUTANI PORCELAIN FIGURINE post 1940
VINTAGE HAND PAINTED JAPANESE FROG KUTANI PORCELAIN FIGURINE post 1940
$15.99
Antique Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Japan Rare Vintage Flowers Red
Antique Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Japan Rare Vintage Flowers Red
$85.00
Nice selection of antique and vintage Japanese Kutani pieces
Nice selection of antique and vintage Japanese Kutani pieces
$495.00
Antique Japanese Meiji Period Yokohama Kutani Porcelain Scenic Figures Vase
Antique Japanese Meiji Period Yokohama Kutani Porcelain Scenic Figures Vase
$125.00
KUTANI EARLY 20TH CENTURY PORCELAIN SUGAR BOWL COVERED
KUTANI EARLY 20TH CENTURY PORCELAIN SUGAR BOWL COVERED
$9.99
Vintage Kutani Gravy Boat Bamboo Platinum Design w Gold Accent Made in Japan
Vintage Kutani Gravy Boat Bamboo Platinum Design w Gold Accent Made in Japan
$14.99
Antique Kutani Hand Painted Inkwell Signed Japanese Elephant Handles
Antique Kutani Hand Painted Inkwell Signed Japanese Elephant Handles
$40.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
5 Pc Lot Japanese Enameled Ko Kutani Porcelain Dishes Box Kogo  Koro Censer
5 Pc Lot Japanese Enameled Ko Kutani Porcelain Dishes Box Kogo Koro Censer
$145.00
VINTAGE MT FUJI 6 PIECE SAKI SET 6 SHOT GLASSES CUPS HAND PAINTED KUTANI JAPAN
VINTAGE MT FUJI 6 PIECE SAKI SET 6 SHOT GLASSES CUPS HAND PAINTED KUTANI JAPAN
$14.99
Antique Japanese Porcelain Kutani Three Asian Geisha Women Figurines Statues
Antique Japanese Porcelain Kutani Three Asian Geisha Women Figurines Statues
$99.00
Authentic 19th Century Japanese Kutani Bottle Vase
Authentic 19th Century Japanese Kutani Bottle Vase
$120.00
MARKED Kutani Saiho JAPEANES TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI PAIR VASE 14 1 4 HIGH
MARKED Kutani Saiho JAPEANES TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI PAIR VASE 14 1 4 HIGH
$2,200.00
ANTIQUE JIAQING CHINESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1796 1820
ANTIQUE JIAQING CHINESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1796 1820
$350.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL WOOD SCHOLARS ROOT STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL WOOD SCHOLARS ROOT STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s
$900.00
Antique Japanese KUTANI Hand Painted Porcelain Creamer  Sugar Set Japan
Antique Japanese KUTANI Hand Painted Porcelain Creamer Sugar Set Japan
$19.99
KUTANI WARE VASE MADE IN JAPAN PEACOCKS  FLOWERS MOTIF GORGEOUS
KUTANI WARE VASE MADE IN JAPAN PEACOCKS FLOWERS MOTIF GORGEOUS
$19.99
JAPENESE TEA SET KUTANI
JAPENESE TEA SET KUTANI
$25.00
AUCTION LARGE Kutani Style Foo Dog 10X13 Vint Made in Japan MINT
AUCTION LARGE Kutani Style Foo Dog 10X13 Vint Made in Japan MINT
$180.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimitedPorcelainHandmade from japankinsai kusabana
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimitedPorcelainHandmade from japankinsai kusabana
$1,450.00
Authentic 19th Century Japanese Kutani Vase
Authentic 19th Century Japanese Kutani Vase
$150.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japakuroji hanamon
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japakuroji hanamon
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japadainichinyorai
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japadainichinyorai
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimitedPorcelainHandmade from japangokujou hanazume
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimitedPorcelainHandmade from japangokujou hanazume
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japaroses
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japaroses
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japaaochibu trump
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japaaochibu trump
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japared dragon
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japared dragon
$1,450.00
Beautiful Kutani Orange Bamboo Leaf Vase
Beautiful Kutani Orange Bamboo Leaf Vase
$75.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japahouou mon
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japahouou mon
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japasansui
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japasansui
$1,450.00
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japanashiji urushi
KUTANI YAKI SKULL largeLimited PorcelainHandmade from japanashiji urushi
$1,450.00
Kutani Porcelain Bowl Cobalt Blue Rim Geisha Ware Japan Signed
Kutani Porcelain Bowl Cobalt Blue Rim Geisha Ware Japan Signed
$99.99
MARKED Oda Sei JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD EGG SHELL KUTANI SOUP CUP SAUCER SET 4
MARKED Oda Sei JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD EGG SHELL KUTANI SOUP CUP SAUCER SET 4
$495.00
Antique Lustreware Hand Painted Deco Perfume Tray Serving Plate Kutani Crane
Antique Lustreware Hand Painted Deco Perfume Tray Serving Plate Kutani Crane
$32.50
F125 Japanese KUTANI porcelain ware plate of popular rare YOSHIDAYA style
F125 Japanese KUTANI porcelain ware plate of popular rare YOSHIDAYA style
$24.99
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA BOWL Large Signed Koshida Piece Early 1900s
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA BOWL Large Signed Koshida Piece Early 1900s
$295.00
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED STONE BOX Gorgeous translucent green
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED STONE BOX Gorgeous translucent green
$295.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE SOUTHERN SONG JIZHOU TEA BOWL With Tortoiseshell Glaze
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE SOUTHERN SONG JIZHOU TEA BOWL With Tortoiseshell Glaze
$1,600.00
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE WOODEN TEMPLE SHRINE Edo Period 1800s Wabi Sabi Zen
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE WOODEN TEMPLE SHRINE Edo Period 1800s Wabi Sabi Zen
$2,800.00
Fine Pair Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Plates c 1900
Fine Pair Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Plates c 1900
$150.00

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:

Japanese hand painted Kutani bowl 5M flower mark mid 1920s
Japanese hand painted Kutani bowl 5M flower mark mid 1920s
$24.95
Vintage Antique Made in Japan Kutani Dragon Foo Lion Dog Large 12x11 8 Lbs
Vintage Antique Made in Japan Kutani Dragon Foo Lion Dog Large 12x11 8 Lbs
$225.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD LACQUER SUTRA BOX Makie e Adornment
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD LACQUER SUTRA BOX Makie e Adornment
$650.00
Vintage Gold Rimmed KUTANI Plate Made in Japan 6 1 4
Vintage Gold Rimmed KUTANI Plate Made in Japan 6 1 4
$12.99
Japanese antique Kutani Nippon Porcelain Cream Milk Jug Tea creamer red signed
Japanese antique Kutani Nippon Porcelain Cream Milk Jug Tea creamer red signed
$29.99
Collectible Vintage Antique KUTANI Bowl With Lid
Collectible Vintage Antique KUTANI Bowl With Lid
$62.00
Vintage Rare Historical Japanese Kutani Yaki Plate
Vintage Rare Historical Japanese Kutani Yaki Plate
$52.00
Large Kutani Buddah Beautiful
Large Kutani Buddah Beautiful
$291.59
Meiji Period KUTANI SEI Japan Geisha Ware Porcelain Cake Plate Cobalt Blue Rim
Meiji Period KUTANI SEI Japan Geisha Ware Porcelain Cake Plate Cobalt Blue Rim
$149.99
Japanese Kutani Satsuma Creamer Pitcher
Japanese Kutani Satsuma Creamer Pitcher
$8.00
KUTANI JAPANESE SCHOLARS TEACUP AND SAUCER 1000 Faces Marked
KUTANI JAPANESE SCHOLARS TEACUP AND SAUCER 1000 Faces Marked
$23.99
Rago Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
Rago Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
$9.99
Antique Japan Kutani hand painted porcelain Chocolate Coffee pot Geishas Signed
Antique Japan Kutani hand painted porcelain Chocolate Coffee pot Geishas Signed
$25.26
Antique Kutani Satsuma vase lamp hand painted signed marked excellent
Antique Kutani Satsuma vase lamp hand painted signed marked excellent
$34.99
Vintage Reproduction KUTANI SEIYO Hand Painted Porcelain WALL PLAQUE Dish
Vintage Reproduction KUTANI SEIYO Hand Painted Porcelain WALL PLAQUE Dish
$8.99
Japanese Genuine Kutani Crackled Glass Suke Containers
Japanese Genuine Kutani Crackled Glass Suke Containers
$49.99
Japanese Soldier Doll Navy Imperial Japan Collectible Piece
Japanese Soldier Doll Navy Imperial Japan Collectible Piece
$180.00
JAPANESE KUTANI FOO DOG FINIAL HAND PAINTED KORO SIGNED
JAPANESE KUTANI FOO DOG FINIAL HAND PAINTED KORO SIGNED
£76.37
antique style porcelain kutani japan cashpot planter vase french country pot
antique style porcelain kutani japan cashpot planter vase french country pot
$8.95
BLACK GREY KUTANI CHINA HAND PAINTED DRAGON PLATE JAPAN
BLACK GREY KUTANI CHINA HAND PAINTED DRAGON PLATE JAPAN
$8.99
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI WEDDING MARRIAGE CUPS SHUNGA EROTIC SCENES EROTICA
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI WEDDING MARRIAGE CUPS SHUNGA EROTIC SCENES EROTICA
$109.00
Antique red orange gold sake bottle Genuine Kutani
Antique red orange gold sake bottle Genuine Kutani
$12.99
Vintage Kutani Japanese Maple Gilded Round lidded Jar
Vintage Kutani Japanese Maple Gilded Round lidded Jar
$14.95
Vintage 1970s Japanese Kutani Leaf shaped cream pitcher Sensui Japanese Motif
Vintage 1970s Japanese Kutani Leaf shaped cream pitcher Sensui Japanese Motif
$25.00
1970s vintage Japanese Kutani cream pitcher Sensui Japanese scenery leaf shaped
1970s vintage Japanese Kutani cream pitcher Sensui Japanese scenery leaf shaped
$35.00
Japan Kutani Moriage Sake Set Whistling Bird  Cat Awesome Find
Japan Kutani Moriage Sake Set Whistling Bird Cat Awesome Find
$29.99
Vintage Pair of Kutani Sake Cups
Vintage Pair of Kutani Sake Cups
$5.00
Antique Japanese Painted Red Kutani Horse Samurai Figure Porcelain Cup  Saucer
Antique Japanese Painted Red Kutani Horse Samurai Figure Porcelain Cup Saucer
$48.00
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
$65.00
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine Signed
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine Signed
$9.99
Old Japanese Meiji Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Cat Red Blue Dotted Bow Tie Figure
Old Japanese Meiji Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Cat Red Blue Dotted Bow Tie Figure
$9.99
Vintage Japan Cermaic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
Vintage Japan Cermaic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
$49.95
Kutani Biscuit Or Cracker Jar With Lid Excellent Condition All Over Design
Kutani Biscuit Or Cracker Jar With Lid Excellent Condition All Over Design
$22.95
Vintage Hand Painted Japanese Kutani Sake Complete Set 7 Pieces Total
Vintage Hand Painted Japanese Kutani Sake Complete Set 7 Pieces Total
$49.99
Kutani Porcelain Japanese Statue Figurine 6 Pc 35 4
Kutani Porcelain Japanese Statue Figurine 6 Pc 35 4
$289.00
Vintage Authentic Kutani Cobalt Blue Porcelain Floral Vase Peacock Gold Japan
Vintage Authentic Kutani Cobalt Blue Porcelain Floral Vase Peacock Gold Japan
$12.99
Kutani God of Plenty Figurine
Kutani God of Plenty Figurine
$25.00
Antique Japanese Pottery Porcelain  Periods Makers Dates Marks Scarce Book
Antique Japanese Pottery Porcelain Periods Makers Dates Marks Scarce Book
$39.95
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
$34.99
1251950 JAPANESE KIMONO PORCELAIN OBIDOME KUTANI YAKI
1251950 JAPANESE KIMONO PORCELAIN OBIDOME KUTANI YAKI
$51.00

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