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 Kutani Tea Set Hand Painted Antique Matte Black Gold Oriental Japanese
Vintage Kutani Tea Set Hand Painted Antique Matte Black Gold Oriental Japanese
$199.99
6 Antique Vintage JAPANESE Hand Painted KUTANI SAKE Bamboo POEM CUPS Signed
6 Antique Vintage JAPANESE Hand Painted KUTANI SAKE Bamboo POEM CUPS Signed
$124.99
SUPERB 1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
SUPERB 1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
$39.99
1912 1926 JAPANESE KUTANI TAISHO ERO PLATE HEAVY BLUE MORIAGE PORCELAIN
1912 1926 JAPANESE KUTANI TAISHO ERO PLATE HEAVY BLUE MORIAGE PORCELAIN
$39.99
18th Century Edo Period Carved Cinnabar Lacquer 2 Noh Faces Okame  Hanya Ojime
18th Century Edo Period Carved Cinnabar Lacquer 2 Noh Faces Okame Hanya Ojime
£45.48
19th Century Edo Cinnabar Lacquered Wood Imitating Natural Red Coral Round Ojime
19th Century Edo Cinnabar Lacquered Wood Imitating Natural Red Coral Round Ojime
£22.73
19th Century Edo Period Cinnabar Lacquered Wood Geometric Pattern Ojime
19th Century Edo Period Cinnabar Lacquered Wood Geometric Pattern Ojime
£45.48
19th Century Edo Period Hirado Porcelain Daikoku  Ebisu Faces Ojime 1
19th Century Edo Period Hirado Porcelain Daikoku Ebisu Faces Ojime 1
£45.48
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Chidori Tongue Cut Sparrow Ojime 2
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Chidori Tongue Cut Sparrow Ojime 2
£22.73
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Geometrically Reticulated Lozenge Ojime 2
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Geometrically Reticulated Lozenge Ojime 2
£22.73
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Saki Double Gourde Ojime 2
19th Century Meiji Period Bovine Bone Saki Double Gourde Ojime 2
£22.73
19th Century Qing Dynasty Carved Fruit Shaped Rock Crystal Snuff Bottle
19th Century Qing Dynasty Carved Fruit Shaped Rock Crystal Snuff Bottle
£151.63
19th Century Qing Dynasty Well Hollowed Banded Jasper Snuff Bottle
19th Century Qing Dynasty Well Hollowed Banded Jasper Snuff Bottle
£106.14
19th Century Qing Yellow Agate Floater Snuff Bottle Extremely Well Hollowed
19th Century Qing Yellow Agate Floater Snuff Bottle Extremely Well Hollowed
£151.63
SET OF 4 ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES 1800s Gold Maki e Urushi Sushi Dessert
SET OF 4 ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES 1800s Gold Maki e Urushi Sushi Dessert
$200.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA SAMURAI VASE Signed 1800s Japan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA SAMURAI VASE Signed 1800s Japan
$2,000.00
19thCentury Edo Period Dark Brown Lacquered Wood Geometric Scrolls Pattern Ojime
19thCentury Edo Period Dark Brown Lacquered Wood Geometric Scrolls Pattern Ojime
£45.48
19thCentury Qing Lavender Cirrius Cloud Agate Floater Snuff Bottle Well Hollowed
19thCentury Qing Lavender Cirrius Cloud Agate Floater Snuff Bottle Well Hollowed
£151.63
19thCentury QingDynasty Pocket Red Puddingstone Agate Snuff Bottle Well Hollowed
19thCentury QingDynasty Pocket Red Puddingstone Agate Snuff Bottle Well Hollowed
£90.97
Very Rare 18th Century Qing Dynasty Hexagonal Turquoise Grey Agate Snuff Dish
Very Rare 18th Century Qing Dynasty Hexagonal Turquoise Grey Agate Snuff Dish
£90.97
Well Hollowed 19th Century Qing Clouded Grey  Brown Agate Panelled Snuff Bottle
Well Hollowed 19th Century Qing Clouded Grey Brown Agate Panelled Snuff Bottle
£151.63
Well Hollowed 19th Century Qing Honey Agate  Tatau Mask Shoulders Snuff Bottle
Well Hollowed 19th Century Qing Honey Agate Tatau Mask Shoulders Snuff Bottle
£151.63
20CT Japanese Huge Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl w Birds on a River Motif Ye
20CT Japanese Huge Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl w Birds on a River Motif Ye
$349.00
ANTIQUE VINTAGE LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI LAMPBASE VASE SIGNED
ANTIQUE VINTAGE LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI LAMPBASE VASE SIGNED
£151.63
Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Japan Kutani Cup and Saucer
Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Japan Kutani Cup and Saucer
$99.99
4 Antique Japanese Meiji Period C1900 Erotica Kutani Sake Cups Woman Please Man
4 Antique Japanese Meiji Period C1900 Erotica Kutani Sake Cups Woman Please Man
$289.20
Japanese Kutani hand painted daisy and poems antique gilt cup
Japanese Kutani hand painted daisy and poems antique gilt cup
$9.99
VINTAGE KUTANI TEAPOT
VINTAGE KUTANI TEAPOT
$10.00
Small Japanese Porcelain Orange Red Vase w Gilding Outdoor Scene Kutani
Small Japanese Porcelain Orange Red Vase w Gilding Outdoor Scene Kutani
$45.00
Antique Kutani blue glaze egg box and urn
Antique Kutani blue glaze egg box and urn
$10.00
Stunning Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Vase Meiji Period C1900
Stunning Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Vase Meiji Period C1900
£144.07
JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI SATSUMA PORCELAIN CHARGER BOWL SIGNED BIRDS RABBITS
JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI SATSUMA PORCELAIN CHARGER BOWL SIGNED BIRDS RABBITS
$474.99
REFERENCE BOOK Netsuke M T Hindson Collection Preface Winkworth by Neil K Davey
REFERENCE BOOK Netsuke M T Hindson Collection Preface Winkworth by Neil K Davey
£303.28
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI WATER PITCHER signed c Meiji
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI WATER PITCHER signed c Meiji
$99.95
MAGNIFICENT LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL signed
MAGNIFICENT LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL signed
$249.95
Signed Antique Japanese Kutani Long Neck Vase 9 3 4 Tall
Signed Antique Japanese Kutani Long Neck Vase 9 3 4 Tall
$1,275.00
JAPANESE PORCELAIN 1800 1950 NANCY SCHIFFER
JAPANESE PORCELAIN 1800 1950 NANCY SCHIFFER
$60.00
ANDREA by Sadek 6 Japan California JAPANESE VASE PINK Fine Bone China ELEGANT
ANDREA by Sadek 6 Japan California JAPANESE VASE PINK Fine Bone China ELEGANT
$6.00
19thCentury Meiji Period Hirado Porcelain Knodding Sambosa Dancer Monkey Netsuke
19thCentury Meiji Period Hirado Porcelain Knodding Sambosa Dancer Monkey Netsuke
£106.14
19thCentury Meiji Period Polychrome Hirado Nodding Sambosa Dancer Monkey Netsuke
19thCentury Meiji Period Polychrome Hirado Nodding Sambosa Dancer Monkey Netsuke
£106.14

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:

vintage Kutani tea cups and saucers white gold oriental country scene porcelain
vintage Kutani tea cups and saucers white gold oriental country scene porcelain
$15.99
Kutani Japanese Calligraphy Porcelain Cup Covered Thousand Flowers Enamel 1940s
Kutani Japanese Calligraphy Porcelain Cup Covered Thousand Flowers Enamel 1940s
$59.95
Japanese Kutani Gold Red Cranes Covered Tea Cups
Japanese Kutani Gold Red Cranes Covered Tea Cups
$29.99
Set of 7 Vtg Japanese KUTANI Porcelain Figurines Immortals Gods of Good Fortune
Set of 7 Vtg Japanese KUTANI Porcelain Figurines Immortals Gods of Good Fortune
$49.99
Japanese Kutani Meiji Period Porcelain Charger C 1900
Japanese Kutani Meiji Period Porcelain Charger C 1900
$399.00
VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN PAINTED BUD VASE 6 TALL
VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN PAINTED BUD VASE 6 TALL
$24.99
BEAUTIFUL  DELICATE Handpainted Antique Kutani Childrens Tea Set
BEAUTIFUL DELICATE Handpainted Antique Kutani Childrens Tea Set
$49.99
EXQUISITE HAND PAINTED VTG KUTANI JAPAN PORCELAIN COVERED TUREEN SERVING BOWL
EXQUISITE HAND PAINTED VTG KUTANI JAPAN PORCELAIN COVERED TUREEN SERVING BOWL
$99.00
Wonderful Japanese Kutani Rare Calico Cat Lustre  Black Red Ribbon
Wonderful Japanese Kutani Rare Calico Cat Lustre Black Red Ribbon
$24.50
Antique Japanese Eggshell Kutani Porcelain China Cup  Saucer Hand Painted Birds
Antique Japanese Eggshell Kutani Porcelain China Cup Saucer Hand Painted Birds
$4.99
SET OF JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED GOLD GILDED DEMITASSE CUPS AND SAUCERS
SET OF JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED GOLD GILDED DEMITASSE CUPS AND SAUCERS
$9.99
Kutani Seiyo Handpainted Wall Plaque Decoration Use
Kutani Seiyo Handpainted Wall Plaque Decoration Use
$100.00
Beautiful old Japanese Kutani porcelain vase
Beautiful old Japanese Kutani porcelain vase
$15.50
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Butterfly Coffee Pot and Lidded Sugar Bowl
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Butterfly Coffee Pot and Lidded Sugar Bowl
$28.99
3 Vintage Japanese Tea Bowls 2 Matching Satsuma with signed poems
3 Vintage Japanese Tea Bowls 2 Matching Satsuma with signed poems
$28.99
ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED JAPAN GEISHA HAIR RECEIVER KUTANI KOCHOKEN CIRCA 19 TH CENT
ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED JAPAN GEISHA HAIR RECEIVER KUTANI KOCHOKEN CIRCA 19 TH CENT
$39.00
Meiji Era Kutani Ceramic Bowl
Meiji Era Kutani Ceramic Bowl
$285.00
KUTANI Japanese eggshell porcelain beautiful hand painted bowl with lid
KUTANI Japanese eggshell porcelain beautiful hand painted bowl with lid
£5.76
Japanese antique Pottery Tea Cup zen oriental art
Japanese antique Pottery Tea Cup zen oriental art
$4.98
1642706 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOME SASH CLIP ARTISTS WORK KUTANI
1642706 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOME SASH CLIP ARTISTS WORK KUTANI
$78.00
1641246 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOME SASH CLIP KUTANI WARE KINSAI IR
1641246 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOME SASH CLIP KUTANI WARE KINSAI IR
$67.00
1559763 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
1559763 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
$47.00
1559784 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
1559784 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
$47.00
1559752 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
1559752 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
$47.00
SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
$375.00
Antique Kutani Porcelain Small Jar and cup
Antique Kutani Porcelain Small Jar and cup
$14.95
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Biscuit Jar with Lid
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Biscuit Jar with Lid
$49.95
Beautiful Antique Japanes Kutani Teapot
Beautiful Antique Japanes Kutani Teapot
$19.95
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Teapot
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Teapot
$17.95
2 Small Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Vases
2 Small Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Vases
$8.99
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Teapot  Missing lid
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Teapot Missing lid
$8.99
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Gourd Shaped Pitcher or Coffe Pot Signed
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Gourd Shaped Pitcher or Coffe Pot Signed
$49.90
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Kutani Style Porcelain Teapot
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Kutani Style Porcelain Teapot
$14.99
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Creamer and Sugar Bowl
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Creamer and Sugar Bowl
$39.90
LARGE Antique Japanese KUTANI Porcelain Sleeping CAT Beauty 9
LARGE Antique Japanese KUTANI Porcelain Sleeping CAT Beauty 9
$100.00
2 Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vases Signed
2 Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vases Signed
$14.95
JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI Turn of Century FLBOWL 5 1 2 X 3 SIGNED Multi Color
JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI Turn of Century FLBOWL 5 1 2 X 3 SIGNED Multi Color
$34.95
3 Beautiful Graduated Antique Kutani Bowls Very Rare
3 Beautiful Graduated Antique Kutani Bowls Very Rare
$219.00
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
$99.00
200 YEAR OLD JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN BOWL Antique Edo Arita Sometsuke
200 YEAR OLD JAPANESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN BOWL Antique Edo Arita Sometsuke
$350.00

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