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.

ONE antique Japanese Meiji Kutani teapot signed inside the lid1880s
ONE antique Japanese Meiji Kutani teapot signed inside the lid1880s
$172.00
G5 Kutani Handpainted Mt Fuji Lake Scene Soup Bowl
G5 Kutani Handpainted Mt Fuji Lake Scene Soup Bowl
$9.99
19 CENTURY PAIR OF KUTANI SAKE CUPS SUPEB CONDITION INCREDIBLE
19 CENTURY PAIR OF KUTANI SAKE CUPS SUPEB CONDITION INCREDIBLE
$195.00
MARKED Taniguchi JAPANESE TAISHO KUTANI TEA SET EGG SHEEL CUPSAUCER CAKE PLATE
MARKED Taniguchi JAPANESE TAISHO KUTANI TEA SET EGG SHEEL CUPSAUCER CAKE PLATE
$495.00
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Cent Kutani Porcelain Double Handled Plate
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Cent Kutani Porcelain Double Handled Plate
$175.00
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Century Signed Kutani Porcelain Lidded Jar
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Century Signed Kutani Porcelain Lidded Jar
$225.00
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Cent Signed Kutani Porcelain Pair of Jars
Antique Japanese Late 19th Early 20th Cent Signed Kutani Porcelain Pair of Jars
$450.00
Early 20thc Kutani Phoenix statue sculpture figure
Early 20thc Kutani Phoenix statue sculpture figure
$260.00
MARKED Taniguchi JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI CREAMER  SAUCER
MARKED Taniguchi JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD KUTANI CREAMER SAUCER
$95.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI LIDDED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s 7 Lucky Deities Japan
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI LIDDED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s 7 Lucky Deities Japan
$160.00
Vintage Kutani Japan Hand Painted COVERED JAM JAR CONDIMENT BOWL DISH
Vintage Kutani Japan Hand Painted COVERED JAM JAR CONDIMENT BOWL DISH
$15.00
RARE JAPANESE HOTEI LUCKY BUDDHA ALMOST 12 INC TALL PORCELAIN
RARE JAPANESE HOTEI LUCKY BUDDHA ALMOST 12 INC TALL PORCELAIN
$300.00
Japanese Kutani Takasago Doll Set Man and Woman Bridal Traditional Gifts
Japanese Kutani Takasago Doll Set Man and Woman Bridal Traditional Gifts
$59.99
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
$175.00
SUPERB CHINESE BRONZE QILIN CENSER Cast Incense Burner with Hinged Head
SUPERB CHINESE BRONZE QILIN CENSER Cast Incense Burner with Hinged Head
$350.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available Exquisite
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available Exquisite
$295.00
Two scallop small edge bowlPorcelain GeishaGiokusei JapanSeto Nagoya Kutani
Two scallop small edge bowlPorcelain GeishaGiokusei JapanSeto Nagoya Kutani
$70.00
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 85 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913 SIGNED
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 85 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913 SIGNED
$399.99
WONDERFUL IMMORTAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 19THC KUTANI HIGH QUALITY TEAPOT
WONDERFUL IMMORTAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 19THC KUTANI HIGH QUALITY TEAPOT
$295.00
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 7 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 7 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913
$254.99
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 5 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913 SIGNED
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI 5 BOWL MEIJI PERIOD 1868 1913 SIGNED
$212.49
Japan Kutani White Porcelain Pink Floral Yellow Birds Tall VASE Gold Trim 9+
Japan Kutani White Porcelain Pink Floral Yellow Birds Tall VASE Gold Trim 9+
$34.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Bottle Vase w Bird  Florals
Antique Japanese Kutani Bottle Vase w Bird Florals
$75.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SIGNED KUTANI CREAM  SUGAR BOWL SET GEISHA LOBED MELON SHAPE
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SIGNED KUTANI CREAM SUGAR BOWL SET GEISHA LOBED MELON SHAPE
$33.99
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CARVED WOOD SHINRAN RENNYO STATUES Pure Land Amida Buddha Shin
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CARVED WOOD SHINRAN RENNYO STATUES Pure Land Amida Buddha Shin
$325.00
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
$3,200.00
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN SERVING PLATTER Edo Arita Imban
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN SERVING PLATTER Edo Arita Imban
$325.00
Vintage Cobalt Blue Porcelain Two Handled Vase Kutani Style Japan 85 tall
Vintage Cobalt Blue Porcelain Two Handled Vase Kutani Style Japan 85 tall
$17.00
MARKED Kutani JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD KUTANI TEA POT CUP  SAUCER SET
MARKED Kutani JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD KUTANI TEA POT CUP SAUCER SET
$425.00
SET OF 3 ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE SAKE CUPS Porcelain Meiji Ochoko Guinomi
SET OF 3 ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE SAKE CUPS Porcelain Meiji Ochoko Guinomi
$85.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KIRI WOOD TABAKOBON Mingei Smoking Set Kiseru Hibachi Woodgrain
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KIRI WOOD TABAKOBON Mingei Smoking Set Kiseru Hibachi Woodgrain
$165.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE KOREAN JOSEON CELADON BOTTLE FORM VASE Choson Dynasty Pottery
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE KOREAN JOSEON CELADON BOTTLE FORM VASE Choson Dynasty Pottery
$695.00
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE JAPANESE GILT WOOD BUDDHA STATUE Edo Period Butsuzo
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE JAPANESE GILT WOOD BUDDHA STATUE Edo Period Butsuzo
$3,200.00
RARE  IMPORTANT JAPANESE EDO PERIOD KIMONO SCREEN PAIR Folding Tagasode Byobu 2
RARE IMPORTANT JAPANESE EDO PERIOD KIMONO SCREEN PAIR Folding Tagasode Byobu 2
$85,000.00
AA Vantines Kaga Kutani Salmon glaze and golden butterfly cup and saucer set EC
AA Vantines Kaga Kutani Salmon glaze and golden butterfly cup and saucer set EC
$29.99
Japanese Kutani Covered Jar
Japanese Kutani Covered Jar
$63.75
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE ORIBE KASHIKI Edo Pottery Tea Sweets Bowl for Chado
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE ORIBE KASHIKI Edo Pottery Tea Sweets Bowl for Chado
$4,200.00
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE FLOWER PAINTED BOWL Fabulous Patina Meiji Period 1800s
LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE FLOWER PAINTED BOWL Fabulous Patina Meiji Period 1800s
$345.00
ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
$375.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
$95.00

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:

ANTIQUE 19thc JAPANESE KUTANI  IMARI COLOURED SIGNED PLATE
ANTIQUE 19thc JAPANESE KUTANI IMARI COLOURED SIGNED PLATE
£15.52
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
$1,900.00
ANTIQUE 19thc JAPANESE KUTANI SAKE TEA POT
ANTIQUE 19thc JAPANESE KUTANI SAKE TEA POT
£23.28
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI DRAGON DESIGNED MILK JUG  SIGNED
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI DRAGON DESIGNED MILK JUG SIGNED
£15.52
SUPERB JAPANESE MEIJI ANTIQUE 19thC JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT CIRCA 1890
SUPERB JAPANESE MEIJI ANTIQUE 19thC JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT CIRCA 1890
£1.54
19THC ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT
19THC ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT
£38.83
Vintage  Antique Japanese Export Figurines Porcelain inc Imari Sumida Hirado
Vintage Antique Japanese Export Figurines Porcelain inc Imari Sumida Hirado
$49.95
Vintage Japan Ceramic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
Vintage Japan Ceramic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
$49.95
Antique Japanese Kutani Watano aka e bottle vase 1880 1900 handpainted 2377A
Antique Japanese Kutani Watano aka e bottle vase 1880 1900 handpainted 2377A
£116.49
Antique Japanese Kutani plate 21cm Chinese Romance of the 3 Kingdoms 0645
Antique Japanese Kutani plate 21cm Chinese Romance of the 3 Kingdoms 0645
£116.49
Antique KUTANIMeiji Period Dessert Set 6 Pcs Handpainted
Antique KUTANIMeiji Period Dessert Set 6 Pcs Handpainted
$45.00
RARE JAPANESE PORCELAIN MORIAGE FIGURINE BOTTLE DECANTER KUTANI SAKE TAKASAGO
RARE JAPANESE PORCELAIN MORIAGE FIGURINE BOTTLE DECANTER KUTANI SAKE TAKASAGO
$49.99
Vintage Mid Century Kutani Large Table Lamp Japanese Porcelain
Vintage Mid Century Kutani Large Table Lamp Japanese Porcelain
$75.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Pottery Shishi Lion Foo Dog
Vintage Japanese Kutani Pottery Shishi Lion Foo Dog
$380.00
Button Very Fine Vintage Large10 lobed Kutani Porcelain Millefleur
Button Very Fine Vintage Large10 lobed Kutani Porcelain Millefleur
$165.00
Antique Kutani bowl with delicate bird motifbeautifully painted
Antique Kutani bowl with delicate bird motifbeautifully painted
£23.28
Antique early 20th C Japanese Kutani Geishas tea cup
Antique early 20th C Japanese Kutani Geishas tea cup
£15.52
Vintage Japanese Cup and Saucer Egg Shell Porcelain Kutani
Vintage Japanese Cup and Saucer Egg Shell Porcelain Kutani
$19.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Shishi Lion Statue Okimono
Vintage Japanese Kutani Shishi Lion Statue Okimono
$350.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Pttery Flower Vase for Ikebana Kaki
Vintage Japanese Kutani Pttery Flower Vase for Ikebana Kaki
$180.00
Set 3 Superb Japanese Kutani Graduated Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Meiji Period
Set 3 Superb Japanese Kutani Graduated Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Meiji Period
$399.99
Superb Set 4 Kutani Shallow Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Butterflies Signed
Superb Set 4 Kutani Shallow Porcelain Bowls Hand Painted Butterflies Signed
$54.99
Antique Oriental Kutani hand painted vase Lot 17
Antique Oriental Kutani hand painted vase Lot 17
$20.00
Antique Pair Japanese Moriage Gold Kutani Foo Dogs Shishi Dragon Lion LARGE 11
Antique Pair Japanese Moriage Gold Kutani Foo Dogs Shishi Dragon Lion LARGE 11
$650.00
Japanese SAKE Bottle  SAKE Cup X 2 porcelain KUTANI Ware Heian period Noble
Japanese SAKE Bottle SAKE Cup X 2 porcelain KUTANI Ware Heian period Noble
$18.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Signed Bird Vase
Antique Japanese Kutani Signed Bird Vase
£31.07
Japanese KUTANI ware Teacup with lid w wooden box by SHOZAN
Japanese KUTANI ware Teacup with lid w wooden box by SHOZAN
$24.99
1725154 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOMEsash clip KUTANI WARE IROE FLOWE
1725154 JAPANESE KIMONO ANTIQUE OBIDOMEsash clip KUTANI WARE IROE FLOWE
$71.00
1789814 JAPANESE CERAMICS FLOWER VASE KUTANI WARE KINSAI IROE ARTISTS
1789814 JAPANESE CERAMICS FLOWER VASE KUTANI WARE KINSAI IROE ARTISTS
$82.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN REVERSE DRAGON MEIPING VASE
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN REVERSE DRAGON MEIPING VASE
$6,000.00
Antique Japanese Hand Painted Kutani Bottle Vase Japan Signed C1910
Antique Japanese Hand Painted Kutani Bottle Vase Japan Signed C1910
$0.71
Antique Kutani Geisha Hand Painted Vase Japan 25cm 2
Antique Kutani Geisha Hand Painted Vase Japan 25cm 2
£57.45
Antique Kutani Geisha Hand Painted Vase Japan 25cm 1
Antique Kutani Geisha Hand Painted Vase Japan 25cm 1
£69.88
Small Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Vase 115 cm high
Small Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Vase 115 cm high
£85.43
EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MOMOYAMA EDO TEA JAR Echizen Tamba Pottery
EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE JAPANESE MOMOYAMA EDO TEA JAR Echizen Tamba Pottery
$4,500.00
Japanese Edo Era polychrome Porcelain Kutani yaki 5 plate Kaga Kakufuku Orig
Japanese Edo Era polychrome Porcelain Kutani yaki 5 plate Kaga Kakufuku Orig
$110.00
Japanese Kutani ware Sake Drinking Set  Budou made by Yoshida ya in Yamanaka
Japanese Kutani ware Sake Drinking Set Budou made by Yoshida ya in Yamanaka
$270.00
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI SUGER BOWL DSC 00325
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI SUGER BOWL DSC 00325
$9.99
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI TEA SET DSC 00329
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI TEA SET DSC 00329
$9.99
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI TEA SET OF 2 DSC 00328
VINTAGE HANDPAINTED KUTANI TEA SET OF 2 DSC 00328
$9.99

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