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.

Early Showa Period Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted in Gold Cup  Saucer
Early Showa Period Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted in Gold Cup Saucer
£18.80
LG SIGNED 6 MARK KUTANI PUNCH BOWL C1870 W CARVED BASE
LG SIGNED 6 MARK KUTANI PUNCH BOWL C1870 W CARVED BASE
$328.80
LARGE 16 KUTANI CHARGER SIGNED AND MARKED C1880 CALLIGRAPHY
LARGE 16 KUTANI CHARGER SIGNED AND MARKED C1880 CALLIGRAPHY
$288.80
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEAPOT SUGAR BOWL MILK JUG BIRDS
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEAPOT SUGAR BOWL MILK JUG BIRDS
£47.02
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
£15.66
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEACUPS AND SAUCERS BIRDS
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEACUPS AND SAUCERS BIRDS
£32.92
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
£28.24
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
£15.66
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
PAIR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA STYLE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES HAND PAINTED BIRDS
£29.96
Kutani Japanese Vases
Kutani Japanese Vases
$60.00
MARKED Kutani JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI 7 LUCKY GODS SAKE CUP SET 2 HIGH
MARKED Kutani JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI 7 LUCKY GODS SAKE CUP SET 2 HIGH
$350.00
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
£2.35
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
£2.35
ANTIQUE PORCELAIN JAPANESE FIGURINE
ANTIQUE PORCELAIN JAPANESE FIGURINE
$24.00
Vintage Kutani Ginger Jar Tea Caddy w Lid Porcelain Gilt Chrysanthemum fujita
Vintage Kutani Ginger Jar Tea Caddy w Lid Porcelain Gilt Chrysanthemum fujita
$49.00
MARKED Kutani Dakeyama JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TEA POT  CUPS  SET
MARKED Kutani Dakeyama JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TEA POT CUPS SET
$295.00
FREE SHIPPING VINTAGE PAIR OF YELLOW JAPANESE KUTANI GINGER JAR LAMPS LOOK
FREE SHIPPING VINTAGE PAIR OF YELLOW JAPANESE KUTANI GINGER JAR LAMPS LOOK
$297.49
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
$695.00
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE AOTE KO KUTANI BOWL 1800s Japan Pottery Edo Meiji
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE AOTE KO KUTANI BOWL 1800s Japan Pottery Edo Meiji
$1,200.00
Japanese Fujita Kutani ginger jar
Japanese Fujita Kutani ginger jar
$0.99
Very Fine 19th Century Edo Meiji Period Wood Netsuke of a Cockeral on Millstone
Very Fine 19th Century Edo Meiji Period Wood Netsuke of a Cockeral on Millstone
£470.32
19thCentury Edo Period Wooden Netsuke Shishi with Brocade Ball by Sato Masayoshi
19thCentury Edo Period Wooden Netsuke Shishi with Brocade Ball by Sato Masayoshi
£1,411.00
Very Fine 18thCentury Edo Period Ebony Wood Seated Shishi Lion Dog on Taiko Drum
Very Fine 18thCentury Edo Period Ebony Wood Seated Shishi Lion Dog on Taiko Drum
£470.32
Finely Carved 18th Century Edo Period Wood Recumbant Horse Netsuke Signed Ryuzan
Finely Carved 18th Century Edo Period Wood Recumbant Horse Netsuke Signed Ryuzan
£940.66
18th Century Edo Period Wood Netsuke of Shojo holding a Scroll
18th Century Edo Period Wood Netsuke of Shojo holding a Scroll
£311.99
19th Century Edo Period Boxwood Netsuke of a Seated Story Teller with Open Fan
19th Century Edo Period Boxwood Netsuke of a Seated Story Teller with Open Fan
£235.15
Late 18thCentury Edo Netsuke of a Blind Masseur with Client Signed Mokusui at 61
Late 18thCentury Edo Netsuke of a Blind Masseur with Client Signed Mokusui at 61
£1,097.44
Finely Carved 19th Century Edo Meiji Period Wood Cockeral Hen  Chicks Netsuke
Finely Carved 19th Century Edo Meiji Period Wood Cockeral Hen Chicks Netsuke
£470.32
Fine 19th Century Edo Period Wood Group of Hazelnuts Netsuke Signed Tomoyuki
Fine 19th Century Edo Period Wood Group of Hazelnuts Netsuke Signed Tomoyuki
£940.66
Very Fine 18th Century Edo Period Boxwood Netsuke of a Pair of Melons
Very Fine 18th Century Edo Period Boxwood Netsuke of a Pair of Melons
£470.32
18th Century Edo Period Box Wood Netsuke of a Puppy on a Sandel Signed Tomokazu
18th Century Edo Period Box Wood Netsuke of a Puppy on a Sandel Signed Tomokazu
£940.66
19thCentury Edo Wood Oni Hiding in Box from Thrown Beans Netsuke Signed Hisakazu
19thCentury Edo Wood Oni Hiding in Box from Thrown Beans Netsuke Signed Hisakazu
£940.66
18th Century Edo Period Cherry Wood Netsuke of a Seated Puppy Dog
18th Century Edo Period Cherry Wood Netsuke of a Seated Puppy Dog
£783.88
19th Century Meiji Period Karako with Hoteis Treasure Sack Netsuke
19th Century Meiji Period Karako with Hoteis Treasure Sack Netsuke
£156.76
19th Century Netsuke Rakan Hattara Sonja  Tiger ex Sir Frank Bowden Collection
19th Century Netsuke Rakan Hattara Sonja Tiger ex Sir Frank Bowden Collection
£940.66
Fine 19th Century Meiji Period Ashinaga South Sea Islander Netsuke Signed Keiun
Fine 19th Century Meiji Period Ashinaga South Sea Islander Netsuke Signed Keiun
£2,798.52
Very Fine 18th Century Edo Period Standing Mongolian Archer Netsuke
Very Fine 18th Century Edo Period Standing Mongolian Archer Netsuke
£1,567.78
7 3 4 Kutani Japanese Deep Dish or Shallow Bowl imported and designed for SAKS
7 3 4 Kutani Japanese Deep Dish or Shallow Bowl imported and designed for SAKS
$25.00
Beautiful Pair of Japanese Kutani Vases circa 1900 7 tall Meiji Period
Beautiful Pair of Japanese Kutani Vases circa 1900 7 tall Meiji Period
$125.00
Signed 19th C Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vase
Signed 19th C Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vase
$415.00

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 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
Old Japanese Meiji Porcelain Doubule Lidded Birds Flowers Kutani Tea Jar
Old Japanese Meiji Porcelain Doubule Lidded Birds Flowers Kutani Tea Jar
$9.99
Family Walk Along the River Kutani Porcelain Plate Meiji late 19th Century
Family Walk Along the River Kutani Porcelain Plate Meiji late 19th Century
$95.00
Lovely Japanese Okimono studio Kutani mouse with rice bag
Lovely Japanese Okimono studio Kutani mouse with rice bag
$75.00
Antique Kutani Porcelain Plate Hand Painted
Antique Kutani Porcelain Plate Hand Painted
$29.95
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Creamer and Sugar Bowl Signed
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Creamer and Sugar Bowl Signed
$49.95
KUTANI VASE
KUTANI VASE
$9.95
Kutani Japanese vases set of 2 cobalt blue w floral design
Kutani Japanese vases set of 2 cobalt blue w floral design
$16.99
Japanese Porcelain Hong Kong Decorated HILDEGARD Pewter Covered Porcelain Bowl
Japanese Porcelain Hong Kong Decorated HILDEGARD Pewter Covered Porcelain Bowl
$40.00
Antique Japanese Porcelain Plate KUTANI GOLD RED Mark MEIJI 1868 1912
Antique Japanese Porcelain Plate KUTANI GOLD RED Mark MEIJI 1868 1912
$4.99
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
$99.00
Japanese Kutani Showa Toyo Gold Multi Color Hand Painted Vase 15x 10 Signed
Japanese Kutani Showa Toyo Gold Multi Color Hand Painted Vase 15x 10 Signed
$499.00
Vintage Old Antique Made in Japan Kutani Yellow Dish
Vintage Old Antique Made in Japan Kutani Yellow Dish
$8.99
Kutani Gold Green HPTD Floral Porcelainware Lidded Jar  Sauce Bowl Set Antique
Kutani Gold Green HPTD Floral Porcelainware Lidded Jar Sauce Bowl Set Antique
$24.99
Meiji Period Iron Red  Gold Kutani Creamer Underplate Monks Scholars Scenes
Meiji Period Iron Red Gold Kutani Creamer Underplate Monks Scholars Scenes
$225.00
Three Old Japanese Porcelain Tea Cups Kutani cup LITHOPHANE GEISHA GIRL
Three Old Japanese Porcelain Tea Cups Kutani cup LITHOPHANE GEISHA GIRL
$9.00
ART DECO 1920s Marked NUDE Maiden Double VASE in GREEN GLAZE
ART DECO 1920s Marked NUDE Maiden Double VASE in GREEN GLAZE
$225.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI GEISHA Hand Painted Jar Vase Rivers Edge RARE
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI GEISHA Hand Painted Jar Vase Rivers Edge RARE
$25.00
Fine Signed Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Milk Creamer Satsuma Antique Vintage
Fine Signed Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Milk Creamer Satsuma Antique Vintage
$58.00
Vintage JAPAN Lucky Sleeping KUTANI Hand Decorated Large Porcelain CAT Statue
Vintage JAPAN Lucky Sleeping KUTANI Hand Decorated Large Porcelain CAT Statue
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Vintage JAPAN Lucky Sleeping KUTANI Hand Decorated Gilded Porcelain CAT Statue
Vintage JAPAN Lucky Sleeping KUTANI Hand Decorated Gilded Porcelain CAT Statue
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japanese lithopane KUTANI cup and saucer bamboo and sea scene
japanese lithopane KUTANI cup and saucer bamboo and sea scene
£7.82
Kutani Porcelain Bowl Cobalt Blue Rim Geisha Ware Japan Signed
Kutani Porcelain Bowl Cobalt Blue Rim Geisha Ware Japan Signed
$61.00
Sake cups for Kutani ware with Box
Sake cups for Kutani ware with Box
$27.00
Kutani Japanese Sake Cup Sakazuki with painting sheep
Kutani Japanese Sake Cup Sakazuki with painting sheep
$17.50
Rago  Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
Rago Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
$4.99
Japanese Satsuma Kutani Shogetsu Vase Gold Trim Foo Dog Eared Signed Mid Century
Japanese Satsuma Kutani Shogetsu Vase Gold Trim Foo Dog Eared Signed Mid Century
$50.00
Amazing Rare Beautiful Kutani Yaki Porcalin Most Elaborate Dish s633
Amazing Rare Beautiful Kutani Yaki Porcalin Most Elaborate Dish s633
$649.97
Amazing Rare Beautiful Kutani Yaki Porcalin Most Elaborate Teacup Set s629
Amazing Rare Beautiful Kutani Yaki Porcalin Most Elaborate Teacup Set s629
$554.97
Vintage Antique Japanese Kutani Whistling Sake Set signed stamped
Vintage Antique Japanese Kutani Whistling Sake Set signed stamped
$35.50
Japanese Porcelain Teapot Kutani
Japanese Porcelain Teapot Kutani
$25.00
Japanese Meiji Silver Lined Eiraku Kutani Fahua Saki Porcelain Wazen Sokuzen
Japanese Meiji Silver Lined Eiraku Kutani Fahua Saki Porcelain Wazen Sokuzen
$199.00
EISEN MOKUBEI Ware Kyoyaki Japanese Antique Pottery Porcelain Art Book 29 Kutani
EISEN MOKUBEI Ware Kyoyaki Japanese Antique Pottery Porcelain Art Book 29 Kutani
$24.99
c1958 Vintage Porcelain Blue  White Raticulated Temple Jar with Lid Thailand
c1958 Vintage Porcelain Blue White Raticulated Temple Jar with Lid Thailand
$75.00
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL TES POT  SAUCER
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL TES POT SAUCER
$26.99
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
$800.00
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SETO WARE BOWL Fabulous Patina Meiji Period 1800s
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE SETO WARE BOWL Fabulous Patina Meiji Period 1800s
$600.00
Japanese Kutani ware vase w box by Eiraku nice gold design 4631
Japanese Kutani ware vase w box by Eiraku nice gold design 4631
$24.99
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate
$45.00
Antique Japan or Chinese SETO Ceramic Porcelain Fujita Kutani lazy suan tray
Antique Japan or Chinese SETO Ceramic Porcelain Fujita Kutani lazy suan tray
$199.95

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