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.

RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE AOTE KO KUTANI BOWL 1800s Japan Pottery Edo Meiji
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE AOTE KO KUTANI BOWL 1800s Japan Pottery Edo Meiji
$350.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
$175.00
Antique Japanese Black Imperial Kutani Plate Flowers  Peacock Gold Rimmed
Antique Japanese Black Imperial Kutani Plate Flowers Peacock Gold Rimmed
£23.34
hand painted Japanese Kutani egg shell china Teapot and sugar bowl
hand painted Japanese Kutani egg shell china Teapot and sugar bowl
£6.21
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI ZODIAC DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI ZODIAC DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available
$385.00
Very fine KUTANI vintage antique tea set 15 piece signed
Very fine KUTANI vintage antique tea set 15 piece signed
$250.00
Vintage JAPANESE SATSUMA Statue Scholar Figure Kutani Moriage 6
Vintage JAPANESE SATSUMA Statue Scholar Figure Kutani Moriage 6
$17.99
ANTIQUE KASHMIRI HAND HAMMERED WATER DIPPER Kashmir India Ladle Moghul
ANTIQUE KASHMIRI HAND HAMMERED WATER DIPPER Kashmir India Ladle Moghul
$125.00
Signed Vintage JAPANESE SATSUMA Statue Samurai Figure Kutani Moriage 6
Signed Vintage JAPANESE SATSUMA Statue Samurai Figure Kutani Moriage 6
$17.99
8 Soup Bowls Coupes Vintage Japanese KUTANI Hand painted Village Silver Bamboo
8 Soup Bowls Coupes Vintage Japanese KUTANI Hand painted Village Silver Bamboo
$49.95
8 Dinner Plates Vintage Japanese KUTANI Hand painted Village Silver Bamboo
8 Dinner Plates Vintage Japanese KUTANI Hand painted Village Silver Bamboo
$69.95
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CARVED SHRINE OF SAMURAI PROTECTOR Myoken Bosatsu Zushi Buddha
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CARVED SHRINE OF SAMURAI PROTECTOR Myoken Bosatsu Zushi Buddha
$325.00
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 1
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 1
$54.34
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 3
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 3
$40.04
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 2
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate 2
$50.05
PRE WW2 Taishow Showa Period Kutani Ryusho Orange Flower Plate FREE SHIP
PRE WW2 Taishow Showa Period Kutani Ryusho Orange Flower Plate FREE SHIP
$45.00
BEAUTIFUL11 KUTANI PIERCED RIM PLATE GEISHA GOLD DESIGN MINT CONDITION
BEAUTIFUL11 KUTANI PIERCED RIM PLATE GEISHA GOLD DESIGN MINT CONDITION
$29.95
Antique KUTANI Small TRINKET JAR w LID 2 GEISHA in DRAGON BOAT
Antique KUTANI Small TRINKET JAR w LID 2 GEISHA in DRAGON BOAT
$20.00
12 Piece Japan Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set Lithophane Vintage HP Nice
12 Piece Japan Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set Lithophane Vintage HP Nice
$124.99
ANTIQUE CHINESE YAOZHOU WARE EWER Dark Green Celadon Exquisite Impressed Design
ANTIQUE CHINESE YAOZHOU WARE EWER Dark Green Celadon Exquisite Impressed Design
$1,200.00
Lovely Unusual JAPANESE Porcelain Kutani VASE Hand painted Bird Floral SIGNED
Lovely Unusual JAPANESE Porcelain Kutani VASE Hand painted Bird Floral SIGNED
$65.00
Vintage Imperial Kutani Japanese Round Covered Trinket Box Dish Container
Vintage Imperial Kutani Japanese Round Covered Trinket Box Dish Container
$71.99
Magnificent Large Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Satsuma SIGNED c 1900
Magnificent Large Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Satsuma SIGNED c 1900
$115.50
RARE ANTIQUE TIBETAN KAPALA SKULL CUP Tantra Buddhist Vajra Dorje Ritual Bowl
RARE ANTIQUE TIBETAN KAPALA SKULL CUP Tantra Buddhist Vajra Dorje Ritual Bowl
$2,300.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE SOAPSTONE BUDAI FIGURE Hotei Pu Tai Buddha Statue
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE SOAPSTONE BUDAI FIGURE Hotei Pu Tai Buddha Statue
$685.00
MASSIVE 18 ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI CHARGER Exquisite Edo Porcelain Platter 1800s
MASSIVE 18 ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI CHARGER Exquisite Edo Porcelain Platter 1800s
$2,800.00
KUTANI SET6 PLATES JAPANESE PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED SIGNED GILD DECORATION 20th
KUTANI SET6 PLATES JAPANESE PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED SIGNED GILD DECORATION 20th
$79.99
Antique BUDDHA Japanese kutani Hotei with drum Red Clay Hand Formed Small
Antique BUDDHA Japanese kutani Hotei with drum Red Clay Hand Formed Small
$33.00
19 Century Marked Wataya Heibei Japanese Kutani Meijii Handpainted Plate
19 Century Marked Wataya Heibei Japanese Kutani Meijii Handpainted Plate
$95.00
Pair of Meiji Nippon Kutani Japanese Porcelain Snack Trays
Pair of Meiji Nippon Kutani Japanese Porcelain Snack Trays
$22.88
2 antique Japanese Kutani hand painted gilt covered tea cup calligraphy  men
2 antique Japanese Kutani hand painted gilt covered tea cup calligraphy men
$50.00
Vintage WEDGWOOD China KUTANI CRANE ASHTRAY Beautiful Bird Graphics
Vintage WEDGWOOD China KUTANI CRANE ASHTRAY Beautiful Bird Graphics
$25.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Hokusai Waves Edo Meiji
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Hokusai Waves Edo Meiji
$2,800.00
MONUMENTAL 8 FOOT JAPANESE HAND CARVED WOODEN TEMPLE TRANSOM PANEL Shi Ranma
MONUMENTAL 8 FOOT JAPANESE HAND CARVED WOODEN TEMPLE TRANSOM PANEL Shi Ranma
$12,000.00
VINTAGE KUTANI DEEP BLUE 4 1 2 VASES WITH GOLD PEACOCKS
VINTAGE KUTANI DEEP BLUE 4 1 2 VASES WITH GOLD PEACOCKS
$7.50
kissako 3357 Japanese Antique Pottery Kutani Ware Netsuke Bell Vintage Figure
kissako 3357 Japanese Antique Pottery Kutani Ware Netsuke Bell Vintage Figure
$7.99
MONUMENTAL 16 ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHISHI STATUE Kutani Temple Dog Okimono Foo Lion
MONUMENTAL 16 ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHISHI STATUE Kutani Temple Dog Okimono Foo Lion
$1,800.00
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED FISH TRAY Exquisite Signed Platter Maki e
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED FISH TRAY Exquisite Signed Platter Maki e
$300.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE DARK SETO SAMURAI CHAWAN Chado Tea Bowl Edo Period
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE DARK SETO SAMURAI CHAWAN Chado Tea Bowl Edo Period
$600.00
STUNNING LARGE JAPANESE SATSUMA CHARGER MEIJI PERIOD MUSEUM QUALITY GILT DISH
STUNNING LARGE JAPANESE SATSUMA CHARGER MEIJI PERIOD MUSEUM QUALITY GILT DISH
$4,500.00

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:

19c SATSUMA KUTANI HAND PAINTED CRANE BIRDS FLOWERS TALL CREAMER PITCHER signed
19c SATSUMA KUTANI HAND PAINTED CRANE BIRDS FLOWERS TALL CREAMER PITCHER signed
$9.99
KUTANI Antiq c1850 Japanese Vase Meiji Period Imperial JapanMedicine Bottle Porc
KUTANI Antiq c1850 Japanese Vase Meiji Period Imperial JapanMedicine Bottle Porc
$18.00
Kutani ware bowls Kinsai Gold Blue chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese Porcelain
Kutani ware bowls Kinsai Gold Blue chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese Porcelain
$100.00
JA114 Antique Japanese Satsuma Kutani Pair of Mirrored Vases Signed Late 1800s
JA114 Antique Japanese Satsuma Kutani Pair of Mirrored Vases Signed Late 1800s
$450.00
Japanese Vintage Takasago Ceramic Statue Doll and Wooden Storage box Kutani ware
Japanese Vintage Takasago Ceramic Statue Doll and Wooden Storage box Kutani ware
$35.00
Set Of Six Kutani Luncheon Plates Craftsmen 391
Set Of Six Kutani Luncheon Plates Craftsmen 391
$17.99
1690361 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY SOMETSUKE AKAE TEA CUP KUTANI WARE ARTISTS
1690361 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY SOMETSUKE AKAE TEA CUP KUTANI WARE ARTISTS
$57.00
1836223 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE IROE HORSE
1836223 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE IROE HORSE
$88.00
1690380 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKE SET KUTANI WARE GOLD PAINTED PLUM
1690380 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKE SET KUTANI WARE GOLD PAINTED PLUM
$67.00
1834038 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KOURO INCENSE BURNER KUTANI WARE SHINSYA
1834038 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KOURO INCENSE BURNER KUTANI WARE SHINSYA
$78.00
1690272 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE ARTISTS WORK CRANE
1690272 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE ARTISTS WORK CRANE
$67.00
1846438 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKE CUP SET OF 3 PCS KUTANI WARE
1846438 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKE CUP SET OF 3 PCS KUTANI WARE
$108.00
WWII MITSUBISHI Zero Fighter Tokkuri Sake Bottle Kamikaze 53 1944 Kutani
WWII MITSUBISHI Zero Fighter Tokkuri Sake Bottle Kamikaze 53 1944 Kutani
$119.98
Japanese KUTANI ZO LARGE BOWL Meiji Period c 1868 1912
Japanese KUTANI ZO LARGE BOWL Meiji Period c 1868 1912
$45.00
Antique Kutani  Japanese Large Geishas Platter Meiji 15 H P Enamel Shoza Era
Antique Kutani Japanese Large Geishas Platter Meiji 15 H P Enamel Shoza Era
$750.00
Set of 2 Antique Old Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl Painted Gilt Signed NR
Set of 2 Antique Old Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl Painted Gilt Signed NR
$195.00
Antique Old Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl Painted Gilt Signed NR
Antique Old Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl Painted Gilt Signed NR
$395.00
Vintage Scalloped Polychrome Charger Floral Design
Vintage Scalloped Polychrome Charger Floral Design
$29.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Lucky God Motif Sometsuke Exterior
Antique Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Lucky God Motif Sometsuke Exterior
$12.99
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
$3,500.00
SUPERB UNRESTORED ANTIQUE CHINESE BRONZE GU Archaic Wine Vessel
SUPERB UNRESTORED ANTIQUE CHINESE BRONZE GU Archaic Wine Vessel
$25,000.00
Japanese Kutani ware sake cup 7set w signed box Seven Gods of Fortune 8513
Japanese Kutani ware sake cup 7set w signed box Seven Gods of Fortune 8513
$24.99
Japanese Antique Porcelain Charger Platter 1800s Old Kutani ware
Japanese Antique Porcelain Charger Platter 1800s Old Kutani ware
$2,189.09
2260 Japanese Kutani ware Landscape Person pattern TEAPOT YUSAMASHI CUPS w box
2260 Japanese Kutani ware Landscape Person pattern TEAPOT YUSAMASHI CUPS w box
$40.00
2273 1930s Japanese Kutani ware Colored porcelain HOTEI STATUE Ornament
2273 1930s Japanese Kutani ware Colored porcelain HOTEI STATUE Ornament
$50.00
2274 1930s Japanese Kutani ware Kyogen dance Person shaped STATUE Ornament
2274 1930s Japanese Kutani ware Kyogen dance Person shaped STATUE Ornament
$40.00
Pair 2 Signed Japanese Hand Painted Porcelain Art Plate Ceramic Kutani Vintage
Pair 2 Signed Japanese Hand Painted Porcelain Art Plate Ceramic Kutani Vintage
$42.55
WEDGWOOD KUTANI CRANE BONE CHINA POSY VASE
WEDGWOOD KUTANI CRANE BONE CHINA POSY VASE
$9.99
BIG 19thc 20thc Japanese Pottery Kutani Moriage Shishi Dog Fu Dog 17
BIG 19thc 20thc Japanese Pottery Kutani Moriage Shishi Dog Fu Dog 17
$157.50
B065 Japanese KUTANI porcelain ware traditional foo dog statue with good work
B065 Japanese KUTANI porcelain ware traditional foo dog statue with good work
$24.99
OLD VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED BOWL 75 W
OLD VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED BOWL 75 W
$18.20
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE HAND PAINTED PLATE 8 1 2 DIA X 1 HIGH
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE HAND PAINTED PLATE 8 1 2 DIA X 1 HIGH
$103.99
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI HAND PAINTED FLOWER BIRDS JAPANESE VASE 10 1 4 T
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI HAND PAINTED FLOWER BIRDS JAPANESE VASE 10 1 4 T
$56.00
BEAUTIFUL RARE OLD ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED FLORAL VASE SIGNED
BEAUTIFUL RARE OLD ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED FLORAL VASE SIGNED
$240.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE CHINESE PAINTING ON SILK Framed and Glazed Signed and Sealed
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE CHINESE PAINTING ON SILK Framed and Glazed Signed and Sealed
$300.00
Antique Japanese Nippon Kutani 3 Footed Bowl Dish Scalloped Cobalt  Gold Signed
Antique Japanese Nippon Kutani 3 Footed Bowl Dish Scalloped Cobalt Gold Signed
$39.99
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE 1600s 1700s HAND WARMER Edo Te Aburi Bull Hibachi
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE 1600s 1700s HAND WARMER Edo Te Aburi Bull Hibachi
$2,300.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI COVERED BOWL Finest Blue and White Porcelain 5 Available
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI COVERED BOWL Finest Blue and White Porcelain 5 Available
$150.00
WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
$5,000.00
SIGNED KENZAN JAPANESE POTTERY VASE Edo Period Museum Quality
SIGNED KENZAN JAPANESE POTTERY VASE Edo Period Museum Quality
$12,000.00

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