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 Mid Century Modern Kutani Sake Set Porcelain
Vintage Mid Century Modern Kutani Sake Set Porcelain
$24.99
Japanese Juzan gama Kutani Hand Painted  Potted Blue  White Bowl Arita Japan
Japanese Juzan gama Kutani Hand Painted Potted Blue White Bowl Arita Japan
$36.66
Very Finely Painted Large Antique Japanese Teapot Kutani Japan c1910 20
Very Finely Painted Large Antique Japanese Teapot Kutani Japan c1910 20
$45.60
Lovely Antique Satsuma Kutani Gilded Painted Porcelain Koro Censor Japan c1920
Lovely Antique Satsuma Kutani Gilded Painted Porcelain Koro Censor Japan c1920
$43.81
Antique Imari Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Waving Beckoning Cat  Black Cat Avon Lot
Antique Imari Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Waving Beckoning Cat Black Cat Avon Lot
$500.00
Japanese Antique Kutani Porcelain pottery flower vase earthenware
Japanese Antique Kutani Porcelain pottery flower vase earthenware
$9.98
Antique Vintage Large Lt Blue Porcelain Japanese Kutani Gold Accent Sleeping Cat
Antique Vintage Large Lt Blue Porcelain Japanese Kutani Gold Accent Sleeping Cat
$29.99
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
Kutani Plate Mid Century Japan Elders Motif 625
Kutani Plate Mid Century Japan Elders Motif 625
$45.00
2 Japanese Mid Century Hand Paint Kutani Plates 75
2 Japanese Mid Century Hand Paint Kutani Plates 75
$65.00
1262573 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
1262573 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
$451.35
1262585 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
1262585 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
$451.35
1262588 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
1262588 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
$191.25
Antique Late 1800 Early 1900 Japanese Meiji Period Signed Kutani Porcelain 24
Antique Late 1800 Early 1900 Japanese Meiji Period Signed Kutani Porcelain 24
$598.99
VINTAGE HP KUTANI ORIENTAL CERAMIC VASE FLOOR TABLE
VINTAGE HP KUTANI ORIENTAL CERAMIC VASE FLOOR TABLE
$450.00
Daruma 50 magazine kashigata Japanese wood carving Japanese cake molds Ainu
Daruma 50 magazine kashigata Japanese wood carving Japanese cake molds Ainu
$19.99
Japanese Lobed Ribbed Porcelain Container Jar Underglaze Blue Hand Paint Signed
Japanese Lobed Ribbed Porcelain Container Jar Underglaze Blue Hand Paint Signed
$110.00
Japanese Porcelain Lobed Vase Hand Painted Lotus Crane Geisha Signed Base
Japanese Porcelain Lobed Vase Hand Painted Lotus Crane Geisha Signed Base
$125.00
Daruma 39 tsuba Japanese sword fittings samurai netsuke kutani netsuke menuki
Daruma 39 tsuba Japanese sword fittings samurai netsuke kutani netsuke menuki
$19.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Pitcher Fine Porcelain Birds Detail Gilding
Antique Japanese Kutani Pitcher Fine Porcelain Birds Detail Gilding
$45.00
Very Good Antique Japanese Tansu Lacquer w Kutani Porcelain Meiji Period
Very Good Antique Japanese Tansu Lacquer w Kutani Porcelain Meiji Period
$2,199.00
FINE ANTIQUE KUTANI CHOCOLATE COFFEE POT MEIJI PERIOD SIGNED
FINE ANTIQUE KUTANI CHOCOLATE COFFEE POT MEIJI PERIOD SIGNED
£91.34
Japanese Imperial Kutani Porcelain Antique Teapot Pheasants Flowers 1950s
Japanese Imperial Kutani Porcelain Antique Teapot Pheasants Flowers 1950s
$12.99
Beautiful Antique Japanese Pheasant Quail Peony Kutani Blue Vase Gold Trim
Beautiful Antique Japanese Pheasant Quail Peony Kutani Blue Vase Gold Trim
$19.99
BD28 Japanese Vintage Ceramic Doll Kutani Ware Takasago Figurine Set Kimono Gold
BD28 Japanese Vintage Ceramic Doll Kutani Ware Takasago Figurine Set Kimono Gold
$125.97
ATTRACTIVE JAPANESE KUTANI LIDDED POT 1920s 30s
ATTRACTIVE JAPANESE KUTANI LIDDED POT 1920s 30s
£40.78
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI WEDDING MARRIAGE CUPS SHUNGA EROTIC SCENES EROTICA
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI WEDDING MARRIAGE CUPS SHUNGA EROTIC SCENES EROTICA
$109.00
Lg Antique Taisho Showa Period Kutani Pair Of Vases Japanese Porcelain Orange
Lg Antique Taisho Showa Period Kutani Pair Of Vases Japanese Porcelain Orange
$20.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
VINTAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED SAKE BOTTLE SET
VINTAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED SAKE BOTTLE SET
$34.99
ONE OF A KIND Old Kutani 1654 1663 Style Hand Painted Jar
ONE OF A KIND Old Kutani 1654 1663 Style Hand Painted Jar
$45.99
ANTIQUE JAPANESE PORCELAIN CHAIRE Tea Ceremony Matcha Signed Caddy Jar  Shifuku
ANTIQUE JAPANESE PORCELAIN CHAIRE Tea Ceremony Matcha Signed Caddy Jar Shifuku
$285.00
Antique Japanese Kutani cup with horses handpainted 1900 15 a f 2579
Antique Japanese Kutani cup with horses handpainted 1900 15 a f 2579
£16.31
Antique Japanese Kutani plate marked Bizan 1900 15 handpainted A F 614B
Antique Japanese Kutani plate marked Bizan 1900 15 handpainted A F 614B
£26.10
Kutani 185 cm plate marked Takigawa 47 samurai 1920s 3201P7
Kutani 185 cm plate marked Takigawa 47 samurai 1920s 3201P7
£24.47
PAIR LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI VASES TEMPLE DOG HANDLES MEIJI EDO PERIOD
PAIR LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI VASES TEMPLE DOG HANDLES MEIJI EDO PERIOD
£407.76
Antique Japanese Kutani Iwano milk pitcher with birds 1920s handpainted 69
Antique Japanese Kutani Iwano milk pitcher with birds 1920s handpainted 69
£21.20
Antique Japanese Kutani saucer tiger  bamboo 1920s handpainted 3823
Antique Japanese Kutani saucer tiger bamboo 1920s handpainted 3823
£34.25
9NK JAPANESE SIGNED KUTANI KUTANI YAKI TOKKURI SAKE 2 POURERS 2 CUPS SAKAZUKI
9NK JAPANESE SIGNED KUTANI KUTANI YAKI TOKKURI SAKE 2 POURERS 2 CUPS SAKAZUKI
$11.00
MARKED Dai Nihon Nakamura Sei JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI PLATE 5 1 2 WIDTH
MARKED Dai Nihon Nakamura Sei JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI PLATE 5 1 2 WIDTH
$245.00

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:

D OLD PORCELAIN FINE EGG SHELL KUTANI JAPANESE PAINTED OVERGLAZED SAUCER DIA
D OLD PORCELAIN FINE EGG SHELL KUTANI JAPANESE PAINTED OVERGLAZED SAUCER DIA
$19.99
Fine Japanese KUTANI BUDDHA Hotei Moriage Zen Polychrome Statue Okimono netsuke
Fine Japanese KUTANI BUDDHA Hotei Moriage Zen Polychrome Statue Okimono netsuke
$195.00
Antigue Hand Painted Japanese Black And Gold Sake Bottle Vessel Artist Signed
Antigue Hand Painted Japanese Black And Gold Sake Bottle Vessel Artist Signed
$49.99
11 Blue Ceramic Vase Bijutsu Toki Japan Peacocks Chrysanthemum Cherry Blossoms
11 Blue Ceramic Vase Bijutsu Toki Japan Peacocks Chrysanthemum Cherry Blossoms
$29.78
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
$28,000.00
LARGE 10 ANTIQUE JAPANESE RED LACQUER BOWL Edo Meiji Maki e Takamakie Shinto
LARGE 10 ANTIQUE JAPANESE RED LACQUER BOWL Edo Meiji Maki e Takamakie Shinto
$275.00
B OLD  KUTANI PORCELAIN FINE EGG SHELL SIGNED JAPANESE PAINTED OVERGLAZED
B OLD KUTANI PORCELAIN FINE EGG SHELL SIGNED JAPANESE PAINTED OVERGLAZED
$19.99
OLD VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL WHITE VASE 3 1 2 T X 5 WIDEST
OLD VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL WHITE VASE 3 1 2 T X 5 WIDEST
$49.99
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain balloon flower
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain balloon flower
$35.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA KORO Edo Period Gosu Blue Incense Censer
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA KORO Edo Period Gosu Blue Incense Censer
$1,750.00
Ikebana Kutani vase from Japanese Ship SS Yashima Maru sunk 1943
Ikebana Kutani vase from Japanese Ship SS Yashima Maru sunk 1943
$25.00
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers  Bamboo Hand Painted
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers Bamboo Hand Painted
$124.99
ANTIQUE KUTANI VASE signed birds Meiji early Japanese porcelain  free US ship
ANTIQUE KUTANI VASE signed birds Meiji early Japanese porcelain free US ship
$250.00
Hayasi Kutani Lithophane Teapot Gold Trim on Fine China Scene of Japanese Home
Hayasi Kutani Lithophane Teapot Gold Trim on Fine China Scene of Japanese Home
$14.95
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY CARVED WOOD KWAN YIN 16th C Guanyin Statue China
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY CARVED WOOD KWAN YIN 16th C Guanyin Statue China
$800.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
$850.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE HARDWOOD SCHOLARS TRAY Late Qing Republic Period Desk Box
ANTIQUE CHINESE HARDWOOD SCHOLARS TRAY Late Qing Republic Period Desk Box
$280.00
ANTIQUE RED CORAL BEADS 24 Huge Chunks of Magnificent Polished Coral
ANTIQUE RED CORAL BEADS 24 Huge Chunks of Magnificent Polished Coral
$480.00
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
Tashiro Shoten Early 20th Century Morning Glory Plate Handpainted Pink Gold
$34.99
Vintage Made in Japan KUTANI SLEEPING CAT FIGURINE 7 1 4 Porcelain
Vintage Made in Japan KUTANI SLEEPING CAT FIGURINE 7 1 4 Porcelain
$165.00
Jurojin God of Longevity Moriage Satsuma Kutani in excellent condition
Jurojin God of Longevity Moriage Satsuma Kutani in excellent condition
$350.00
SPECTACULAR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA EMPRESS VASE Edo Meiji Period
SPECTACULAR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA EMPRESS VASE Edo Meiji Period
$2,100.00
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
$9.99
70420 JAPANESE POTTERY SAKE VESSELS KUTANI YAKI
70420 JAPANESE POTTERY SAKE VESSELS KUTANI YAKI
$0.99
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI YAKI PORCELAIN GOLD WHITE RED SHISHI DRAGON FOO LION DOG
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI YAKI PORCELAIN GOLD WHITE RED SHISHI DRAGON FOO LION DOG
$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
$40.50
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
$21.60
Japan Kutani 3 Footed Lotus Style Bowl w Geishas in Pagoda Garden c1900
Japan Kutani 3 Footed Lotus Style Bowl w Geishas in Pagoda Garden c1900
$12.95
Fine Old Japanese Imari Kutani 1000 Rainbow Buddha Faces Porcelain Plate SIGNED
Fine Old Japanese Imari Kutani 1000 Rainbow Buddha Faces Porcelain Plate SIGNED
$9.99
Japanese ikebana flower vase kutani japan Antique objects Gold with stand
Japanese ikebana flower vase kutani japan Antique objects Gold with stand
$48.00
EXQUISITE HAND PAINTED TIBETAN THANGKA Chenrezig Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
EXQUISITE HAND PAINTED TIBETAN THANGKA Chenrezig Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
$375.00
KUTANI SET OF PLATES  BOWL COBALT BLUE PORCELAIN Made in Japan
KUTANI SET OF PLATES BOWL COBALT BLUE PORCELAIN Made in Japan
$12.55
Fine Quality Older Japanese or Chinese Porcelain Teapot
Fine Quality Older Japanese or Chinese Porcelain Teapot
$6.00
MEIJI ANTIQUE Japanese CUP  PLATE KUTANI PORCELAIN 9 CHARACTER MARK Figures
MEIJI ANTIQUE Japanese CUP PLATE KUTANI PORCELAIN 9 CHARACTER MARK Figures
$9.99
Vintage Japanese Export Ceramic Pottery Collector ID Guide c1860s Imari Satsuma
Vintage Japanese Export Ceramic Pottery Collector ID Guide c1860s Imari Satsuma
$49.95
FINE QUALITY KUTANI SHOZAN SATSUMA STYLE MILLEFLEUR THOUSAND FLOWERS WALL PLATE
FINE QUALITY KUTANI SHOZAN SATSUMA STYLE MILLEFLEUR THOUSAND FLOWERS WALL PLATE
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4 Katani Lucky Japanese Porcelain God
4 Katani Lucky Japanese Porcelain God
$14.95
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4 Hotei Lucky Japanese Porcelain God
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4 KUTANI Japanese buddha statue porcelain
$14.95
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