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.

Beautiful Kutani Ware Vintage Japanese 5 Chopstick Rests w Box
Beautiful Kutani Ware Vintage Japanese 5 Chopstick Rests w Box
$39.99
Kutani yaki ware Tubaki High class Japanese Sake cup
Kutani yaki ware Tubaki High class Japanese Sake cup
$63.00
Oriental Lamp
Oriental Lamp
$19.95
Genuine Kutani Oriental Japanese Porcelain Vase
Genuine Kutani Oriental Japanese Porcelain Vase
$12.99
beautiful vintage Japanese porcelain table lamp kutani brids bird japan shade
beautiful vintage Japanese porcelain table lamp kutani brids bird japan shade
$195.00
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Temple Jar Vase Vessel Kiln Signed New Old Stock T
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Temple Jar Vase Vessel Kiln Signed New Old Stock T
$134.99
Vintage Kutani ware Incense Burner
Vintage Kutani ware Incense Burner
$40.00
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen IMARI Panel Ashtray
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen IMARI Panel Ashtray
$52.50
Vintage Scalloped Polychrome Charger Floral Design
Vintage Scalloped Polychrome Charger Floral Design
$29.99
Vintage Imperial Kutani Style Vase Jar Blue Gold Trim Bird Floral Asian
Vintage Imperial Kutani Style Vase Jar Blue Gold Trim Bird Floral Asian
$90.00
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
$48.00
  JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO5 SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO5 SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
$34.99
Kutani Porcelain Bowl mid late 19th c 9 1 8 in dia x 3 1 2 inh
Kutani Porcelain Bowl mid late 19th c 9 1 8 in dia x 3 1 2 inh
$250.00
  JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO7 KUTANI SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO7 KUTANI SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
$148.99
  JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO6 SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
JAPANESE LIFE STYLE COLLECTION NO6 SAKE CUPS AND PITCHER SET
$34.99
Fabulous Signed Antique Kutani  Incense Burner Jar Blue  Gold 1915
Fabulous Signed Antique Kutani Incense Burner Jar Blue Gold 1915
$39.00
COLLECTION 3 DIFFERENT SETS AND 1 DISH NANKING CARGO1752 CHRISTIES VERY RARE
COLLECTION 3 DIFFERENT SETS AND 1 DISH NANKING CARGO1752 CHRISTIES VERY RARE
$1,250.00
ANTIQUE Japanese Hand Painted Poppies Amphora Vase Two Handles
ANTIQUE Japanese Hand Painted Poppies Amphora Vase Two Handles
$99.99
Big Japanese Okimono Pheasant on a rock
Big Japanese Okimono Pheasant on a rock
$149.00
Gorgeous Large Antique Cloisonne Japanese KUTANI Vase Lamp
Gorgeous Large Antique Cloisonne Japanese KUTANI Vase Lamp
$55.00
Vintage Kutani Plate China Handpainted Plate 7 1 2 Peaceful Scene Estate Sale
Vintage Kutani Plate China Handpainted Plate 7 1 2 Peaceful Scene Estate Sale
$9.99
2 Antique Japanese Kutani Shallow Dishes Small Bowls Hand Painted Gilt Signed
2 Antique Japanese Kutani Shallow Dishes Small Bowls Hand Painted Gilt Signed
$199.99
19th c Oriental Japanese Kutani Teapot Meiji Period Kutani Ware
19th c Oriental Japanese Kutani Teapot Meiji Period Kutani Ware
£40.23
Meiji 19thC Antique Japanese Hand Painted Satsuma Earthenware Vase
Meiji 19thC Antique Japanese Hand Painted Satsuma Earthenware Vase
£402.45
Signed Japanese Satsuma Kutani Bird Flower Vase Porcelain No Reserve Auction
Signed Japanese Satsuma Kutani Bird Flower Vase Porcelain No Reserve Auction
$199.99
Pair 2 Kutani Meiji Japan Vases Hand Painted Bird Flowers  Gilding Marked
Pair 2 Kutani Meiji Japan Vases Hand Painted Bird Flowers Gilding Marked
$39.99
2 Kutani Meiji Japan Demitasse Cup  Saucer Hand Painted Thousand Faces Marked
2 Kutani Meiji Japan Demitasse Cup Saucer Hand Painted Thousand Faces Marked
$24.99
Chinese 19 20th C Brass Hand Made Bowl with Hand Chased Decoration Internally
Chinese 19 20th C Brass Hand Made Bowl with Hand Chased Decoration Internally
£37.83
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
$19.99
Unusual Vintage Signed Kutani Figure Wise Old Man in Robe w Staff Japan
Unusual Vintage Signed Kutani Figure Wise Old Man in Robe w Staff Japan
$350.00
Vintage Kutani Japanese Chinese Hand Painted Dish Bowl Geisha Oriental Ornate
Vintage Kutani Japanese Chinese Hand Painted Dish Bowl Geisha Oriental Ornate
£56.49
Very Fine 19th Century Meiji Arita Kutani Kinrande Kyusu Teapot Sakipot Signed
Very Fine 19th Century Meiji Arita Kutani Kinrande Kyusu Teapot Sakipot Signed
£64.38
Antique Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Charger Plate Scalloped Edge Butterflies
Antique Japanese Kutani Ware Porcelain Charger Plate Scalloped Edge Butterflies
$375.00
KUTANI JAPANESE SCHOLARS TEACUP AND SAUCER 1000 Faces Marked
KUTANI JAPANESE SCHOLARS TEACUP AND SAUCER 1000 Faces Marked
$23.99
JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURE OF TWO OLD MEN CA 1840 EXCELLENT CONDITION 115
JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURE OF TWO OLD MEN CA 1840 EXCELLENT CONDITION 115
$1,200.00
FINE QUALITY KUTANI SHOZAN SATSUMA STYLE MILLEFLEUR THOUSAND FLOWERS WALL PLATE
FINE QUALITY KUTANI SHOZAN SATSUMA STYLE MILLEFLEUR THOUSAND FLOWERS WALL PLATE
$145.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s Seven Gods
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s Seven Gods
$225.00
Nemuri Neko Japan Kutani Sleeping Cat Rare 2 RED on White with Gold Gilt
Nemuri Neko Japan Kutani Sleeping Cat Rare 2 RED on White with Gold Gilt
$25.00
JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURE OF A WOMAN AMAZING DETAIL AMAZING 140 X 75 X 60
JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURE OF A WOMAN AMAZING DETAIL AMAZING 140 X 75 X 60
$1,500.00
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plate Hand Painted Mythical Fantasy Bird Design
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plate Hand Painted Mythical Fantasy Bird Design
£16.08

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:

Kutani yaki ware Ginsai High class Japanese Sake cup and Sake bottle set
Kutani yaki ware Ginsai High class Japanese Sake cup and Sake bottle set
$166.00
Kutani yaki ware Kinpakukabun High class Japanese Sake cup
Kutani yaki ware Kinpakukabun High class Japanese Sake cup
$63.00
Rago  Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
Rago Furnishing Americana Asian Toys Fine Antiques Auction Catalog 2007
$9.99
1413299 JAPANESE TEA WARE KUTANI WARE KAHIBACHI CAKE BOWL BY SAICHI MATSUMOTO
1413299 JAPANESE TEA WARE KUTANI WARE KAHIBACHI CAKE BOWL BY SAICHI MATSUMOTO
$51.00
A 5 LOT KUTANI STYLE BLACK 10 6 VASE PHEASANT PEACOCK FLOWER CART FREE SHIP
A 5 LOT KUTANI STYLE BLACK 10 6 VASE PHEASANT PEACOCK FLOWER CART FREE SHIP
$61.00
Kutani figurine dolls old man and woman Japan
Kutani figurine dolls old man and woman Japan
$0.99
INTRIGUING 19TH CENTURY KATANI VASE
INTRIGUING 19TH CENTURY KATANI VASE
$800.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
$300.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
$125.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure on Tiger Throne
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure on Tiger Throne
$135.00
Large 12 1 2 Japanese Kutani Cobalt Blue Centerpiece Bowl w Gold Handles
Large 12 1 2 Japanese Kutani Cobalt Blue Centerpiece Bowl w Gold Handles
$49.99
Kutani Sake Cup
Kutani Sake Cup
$10.00
Pair Antique Kutani Vases + 2 Plates All Handpainted Hollywood Regency
Pair Antique Kutani Vases + 2 Plates All Handpainted Hollywood Regency
$150.00
ANTIQUE SATSUMA GEISHA STATUE  Japanese Meiji Japan Kutani
ANTIQUE SATSUMA GEISHA STATUE Japanese Meiji Japan Kutani
$375.00
ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
$700.00
A BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
A BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
£12.88
A ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD SAKE BOTTLE 2 3502
A ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD SAKE BOTTLE 2 3502
£9.66
A ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD SAKE BOTTLE 3502
A ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD SAKE BOTTLE 3502
£12.88
c1958 Vintage Porcelain Blue  White Raticulated Temple Jar with Lid Thailand
c1958 Vintage Porcelain Blue White Raticulated Temple Jar with Lid Thailand
$75.00
FABULOUS ANTIQUE CHINESE RED LACQUER BOX Qing Dynasty 1800s Ornate Brass Trim
FABULOUS ANTIQUE CHINESE RED LACQUER BOX Qing Dynasty 1800s Ornate Brass Trim
$325.00
4 c1940 Rare Japanese Porcelain Kutani Thousand Flower Pattern Rice Bowls w Lid
4 c1940 Rare Japanese Porcelain Kutani Thousand Flower Pattern Rice Bowls w Lid
$145.00
Lot 2 antique Japanese tea cups Satsuma Kutani Ryusho mark hand painted gilded
Lot 2 antique Japanese tea cups Satsuma Kutani Ryusho mark hand painted gilded
$55.00
PAIR OF FINE BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
PAIR OF FINE BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
£45.07
PAIR OF BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
PAIR OF BOTTLE SHAPE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI MEIJI PERIOD ONION VASES 3502
£28.98
1800 1920s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PLATE HEAVY MORIAGE DRAGON BATS SIGNED
1800 1920s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PLATE HEAVY MORIAGE DRAGON BATS SIGNED
$15.99
Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Vintage natural stone green marble
Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Vintage natural stone green marble
$9.99
Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Vintage natural stone Gray marble
Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Vintage natural stone Gray marble
$9.99
Kutani China Porcelain Gold Plate and Saucer
Kutani China Porcelain Gold Plate and Saucer
$12.00
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
$129.99
Antique Kutani Japanese Porcelain Creamer 4 Tall
Antique Kutani Japanese Porcelain Creamer 4 Tall
$10.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Porcelain Bowl Goldfish Carp 19th Century
Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Porcelain Bowl Goldfish Carp 19th Century
$60.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
$75.00
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers  Bamboo Hand Painted
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers Bamboo Hand Painted
$114.99
XF6 Vintage Japanese Hand painted tea cups Kutani Ware Seven Lucky Gods
XF6 Vintage Japanese Hand painted tea cups Kutani Ware Seven Lucky Gods
$19.90
ON4 Pair of Japanese Hand painted Bowls Plates Kutani ware Hotei
ON4 Pair of Japanese Hand painted Bowls Plates Kutani ware Hotei
$19.90
OM3 Vintage Japanese Hand painted Plate of Kutani Ware Dia 93 Hotei
OM3 Vintage Japanese Hand painted Plate of Kutani Ware Dia 93 Hotei
$19.90
XE7 Japanese Hand painted Incense Burner Kutani ware with Signed wooden box
XE7 Japanese Hand painted Incense Burner Kutani ware with Signed wooden box
$35.00
ANTIQUE THOUSAND FACES KUTANI MEIJI PLATE SAUCER SIGNED JAPAN ASIAN
ANTIQUE THOUSAND FACES KUTANI MEIJI PLATE SAUCER SIGNED JAPAN ASIAN
$14.50
XG3 Pair of Japanese Hand painted Sake bottles Kutani ware Seven Lucky Gods
XG3 Pair of Japanese Hand painted Sake bottles Kutani ware Seven Lucky Gods
$19.90
XG4 Japanese Incense Case Kogo Kutani ware by Famous potter Ryozan Kutani
XG4 Japanese Incense Case Kogo Kutani ware by Famous potter Ryozan Kutani
$24.90

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