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.

Japanese Old Meiji Period Imari Bowl With Lid Colorful Enamel
Japanese Old Meiji Period Imari Bowl With Lid Colorful Enamel
$120.00
ca 1900 Japanese Kutani Vase
ca 1900 Japanese Kutani Vase
$259.00
ca 1900 Japanese Kutani Vase
ca 1900 Japanese Kutani Vase
$189.00
Kutani Plate
Kutani Plate
$29.90
Japanese Kutani Water  Duck Plate
Japanese Kutani Water Duck Plate
$79.00
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
$73.60
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
$98.80
Collectible Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Rice or Soup Bowl Meiji
Collectible Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Rice or Soup Bowl Meiji
$120.00
Fine Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Bowl Scalloped Rimmed Meiji Period
Fine Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Bowl Scalloped Rimmed Meiji Period
$400.00
BD17 Japanese Vintage Kutani Ware Ceramic Figure Doll Takasago Uba Kimono Woman
BD17 Japanese Vintage Kutani Ware Ceramic Figure Doll Takasago Uba Kimono Woman
$104.97
KUTANI YAKI Porcelain Yunomi Ginsaibotan Couple Pair Cup Green Tea Cup JapanNEW
KUTANI YAKI Porcelain Yunomi Ginsaibotan Couple Pair Cup Green Tea Cup JapanNEW
$190.00
Antique Japanese Kutani vase porcelain from Japan
Antique Japanese Kutani vase porcelain from Japan
$28.99
Japanese kutani sametsuke hundred faces plate scholars Edo period underglaze 85
Japanese kutani sametsuke hundred faces plate scholars Edo period underglaze 85
$25.95
ANTIQUE TWO 19th c JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI BOTTLE NECK BUD VASE PROVINCE OF KAGA
ANTIQUE TWO 19th c JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI BOTTLE NECK BUD VASE PROVINCE OF KAGA
£46.43
ANTIQUE 19th c JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI BOTTLE NECK BUD VASE PROVINCE OF KAGA
ANTIQUE 19th c JAPANESE MEIJI KUTANI BOTTLE NECK BUD VASE PROVINCE OF KAGA
£19.90
Japanese Kutani Sake Bottle Jpanese Takasago poem
Japanese Kutani Sake Bottle Jpanese Takasago poem
$10.00
Antique KUTANI SATSUMA Hand Painted Lidded Biscuit Saver Woven Wooden Handle
Antique KUTANI SATSUMA Hand Painted Lidded Biscuit Saver Woven Wooden Handle
$50.00
JAPANESE KO KUTANI STYLE SATSUMA VASE 19TH CENTURY
JAPANESE KO KUTANI STYLE SATSUMA VASE 19TH CENTURY
$220.00
Kutani ware tea pot Gold Hanazume Matcha Green Tea Japanese 400ml
Kutani ware tea pot Gold Hanazume Matcha Green Tea Japanese 400ml
$98.00
Toji Zenshu Monographs on Far Eastern Ceramics Fujio Koyama Heibonsha Tokyo
Toji Zenshu Monographs on Far Eastern Ceramics Fujio Koyama Heibonsha Tokyo
$120.00
Japanese Chinese Porcelain Kutani Meiji Geisha Girl Figurine Marked Signed
Japanese Chinese Porcelain Kutani Meiji Geisha Girl Figurine Marked Signed
$44.99
Antique Japanese Porcelain KUTANI Ware 1890 1910
Antique Japanese Porcelain KUTANI Ware 1890 1910
£4.96
Bowls with lids Kutani 4 bowls 2 Lids stackable signed on bottom
Bowls with lids Kutani 4 bowls 2 Lids stackable signed on bottom
$10.99
Antique Japenese Kutani footed bowl dish 35 x 75 inches amazing condition
Antique Japenese Kutani footed bowl dish 35 x 75 inches amazing condition
$30.00
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set
$55.00
Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society 20 vols 1945 1989 not complete
Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society 20 vols 1945 1989 not complete
$300.00
AZURE DRAGON ASCENDING Feng Shui Zen Kutani Cup Goblet Made in Japan
AZURE DRAGON ASCENDING Feng Shui Zen Kutani Cup Goblet Made in Japan
£77.94
KUTANI TEA CUP AND SAUCER TRIO KANNON WITH DRAGON LUSH DETAIL LITHOPANE GEISHA
KUTANI TEA CUP AND SAUCER TRIO KANNON WITH DRAGON LUSH DETAIL LITHOPANE GEISHA
$125.00
KUTANI DEMI TEA CUP AND SAUCER EXOTIC KANNON LUSH DETAIL LITHOPANE GEISHA
KUTANI DEMI TEA CUP AND SAUCER EXOTIC KANNON LUSH DETAIL LITHOPANE GEISHA
$55.00
AZURE DRAGON Feng Shui Zen Kutani Calix Chalice Cup Made in Japan
AZURE DRAGON Feng Shui Zen Kutani Calix Chalice Cup Made in Japan
£77.94
KUTANI Hand Painted Bamboo Pattern Replacement Lot 05
KUTANI Hand Painted Bamboo Pattern Replacement Lot 05
$227.96
Vintage KUTANI Hand Painted Bamboo Pattern Tea Pot
Vintage KUTANI Hand Painted Bamboo Pattern Tea Pot
$112.00
Vintage KUTANI HAND PAINTED Bamboo Pattern Relish Dish
Vintage KUTANI HAND PAINTED Bamboo Pattern Relish Dish
$140.00
Gorgeous Japanese Signed Celedon Kutani Blue  White Covered Bowl  Bowl 19th C
Gorgeous Japanese Signed Celedon Kutani Blue White Covered Bowl Bowl 19th C
$44.99
Japanese Kutani Covered Jar Biscuit Circa 1880
Japanese Kutani Covered Jar Biscuit Circa 1880
$50.00
Kutani Style Japanese vases set of 2 blue
Kutani Style Japanese vases set of 2 blue
$8.99
Beautiful Signed Vintage Kutani Yaki Vases
Beautiful Signed Vintage Kutani Yaki Vases
$159.99
Kutani Footed China Cup Gold Wheat
Kutani Footed China Cup Gold Wheat
$9.99
KUTANI GOD OF PLENTY FIGURINE
KUTANI GOD OF PLENTY FIGURINE
$34.99
KUTANI GOD OF GOOD FORTUNE
KUTANI GOD OF GOOD FORTUNE
$34.99

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 KUTANI ANTIQUE SMALL DISH FISH MERCHANT POEM IN GOLD SIGNED
JAPANESE KUTANI ANTIQUE SMALL DISH FISH MERCHANT POEM IN GOLD SIGNED
$59.99
JAPANESE KUTANI VINTAGE SWEET MEAT DISHES ON LAZY SUSAN TRAY
JAPANESE KUTANI VINTAGE SWEET MEAT DISHES ON LAZY SUSAN TRAY
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set of 2 Japan Nippon Satsuma vase Jar Kutani mark underglazed Edo Meiji signed
set of 2 Japan Nippon Satsuma vase Jar Kutani mark underglazed Edo Meiji signed
$100.00
Japanese kokeshi doll Kutani
Japanese kokeshi doll Kutani
$9.99
Japanese old Kutani ware tea set w sign very nice hand painting  pattern 3321
Japanese old Kutani ware tea set w sign very nice hand painting pattern 3321
$28.00
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
$720.00
E 674 Japanese Kutani Chicken Object with Wooden BOX and Zaimei
E 674 Japanese Kutani Chicken Object with Wooden BOX and Zaimei
$10.00
KUTANI 2 Tea Cups Japanese Pottery Art HORSES
KUTANI 2 Tea Cups Japanese Pottery Art HORSES
$19.99
KUTANI 2 Tea Cups Japanese Pottery Art RABITS
KUTANI 2 Tea Cups Japanese Pottery Art RABITS
$19.99
ANTIQUE TIBETAN BRONZE BUTTER LAMP Temple Light Stand 1800s Buddhist Tibet
ANTIQUE TIBETAN BRONZE BUTTER LAMP Temple Light Stand 1800s Buddhist Tibet
$400.00
Shozan Kutani Studio Ao Chibu Hand Painted Porcelain Charger 12in
Shozan Kutani Studio Ao Chibu Hand Painted Porcelain Charger 12in
$150.00
A195 Japanese Sake Cup SAKAZUKI 4Set KUTANI pottery beautiful hand paint
A195 Japanese Sake Cup SAKAZUKI 4Set KUTANI pottery beautiful hand paint
$80.00
Wedgwood Kutani Crane discontinued Covered Vegetable
Wedgwood Kutani Crane discontinued Covered Vegetable
$150.00
Kutani Geisha Art Japanese Antique Chopstick Rests Hand Painted China Porcelain
Kutani Geisha Art Japanese Antique Chopstick Rests Hand Painted China Porcelain
$29.99
WEDGWOOD BONE CHINA KUTANI CRANE TEAPOT R4464 4 antique vtg made in england
WEDGWOOD BONE CHINA KUTANI CRANE TEAPOT R4464 4 antique vtg made in england
$39.99
Victorian 1850 99 KUTANI Plate Meiji Period Japanese Lotus Phoenix Sea
Victorian 1850 99 KUTANI Plate Meiji Period Japanese Lotus Phoenix Sea
$28.00
1930s Japanese Kutani ware tea bowl drawn bamboo thicketSennin J 166
1930s Japanese Kutani ware tea bowl drawn bamboo thicketSennin J 166
$24.00
1920s Japanese old Kutani ware Ornamental dish landscape painting J 173
1920s Japanese old Kutani ware Ornamental dish landscape painting J 173
$50.00
G290 Japanese old KUTANI porcelain ware Pair of SAKE bottle by Famous Shozo
G290 Japanese old KUTANI porcelain ware Pair of SAKE bottle by Famous Shozo
$49.99
Kutani Imperial Ware Late Meiji 1880 90 Low Bowl w Cranes Flying into Sun
Kutani Imperial Ware Late Meiji 1880 90 Low Bowl w Cranes Flying into Sun
$65.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE NEGORO LACQUER TRAY Edo 1800s Sumikiri Sanpo
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE NEGORO LACQUER TRAY Edo 1800s Sumikiri Sanpo
$375.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Edo Meiji Period 1800s Ceramic
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Edo Meiji Period 1800s Ceramic
$1,420.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE JIZAI KAGI MINGEI KETTLE HOOK Edo Hand Forged Samurai Period
ANTIQUE JAPANESE JIZAI KAGI MINGEI KETTLE HOOK Edo Hand Forged Samurai Period
$575.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
$120.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK PLAQUE Qing Dynasty Round Double Dragon
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK PLAQUE Qing Dynasty Round Double Dragon
$365.00
4 STUNNING ANTIQUE EDO PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES Fine Raised Golden Maki e
4 STUNNING ANTIQUE EDO PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES Fine Raised Golden Maki e
$260.00
Antique 19th cent Japanese Kutani painted birds  Floral porcelain mini pitcher
Antique 19th cent Japanese Kutani painted birds Floral porcelain mini pitcher
$42.00
Pair of Kutani Kilns Japanese Pottery Cats w impressed Mark
Pair of Kutani Kilns Japanese Pottery Cats w impressed Mark
$110.00
Japanese Kutani Blue Hand Painted Fine Porcelain  Chrome Vintage Table Lighter
Japanese Kutani Blue Hand Painted Fine Porcelain Chrome Vintage Table Lighter
$15.00
Kutani Hannya Figure with Carved Face Japanese
Kutani Hannya Figure with Carved Face Japanese
$9.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Footed Bowls Geisha Pattern
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Footed Bowls Geisha Pattern
$45.00
Antique Hand Crafted Kutani Onion Vase 2 Character Marknine+valley Shoza Meiji
Antique Hand Crafted Kutani Onion Vase 2 Character Marknine+valley Shoza Meiji
$99.99
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Edo Arita Sometsuke
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Edo Arita Sometsuke
$160.00
Vintage Genuine Kutani Chop Plate Charger Gold Rimmed Hand Painted Gold Inlay
Vintage Genuine Kutani Chop Plate Charger Gold Rimmed Hand Painted Gold Inlay
$15.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER PLATE Hand Carved KAMAKURA BORI JAPAN
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER PLATE Hand Carved KAMAKURA BORI JAPAN
$135.00
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate
Fabulous Vintage Japan Signed Kutani Ash Tray Plate
$45.00
Antique Rust Red Large Kutani Vase Fire Bird Peacock Ornate Gold Inlay Meiji
Antique Rust Red Large Kutani Vase Fire Bird Peacock Ornate Gold Inlay Meiji
$15.00
SET OF 5 MID CENTURY JAPANESE KUTANI DISHES Circa 1950 Porcelain Painted Plates
SET OF 5 MID CENTURY JAPANESE KUTANI DISHES Circa 1950 Porcelain Painted Plates
$120.00
BOXED PAIR OF JAPANESE ALABASTER SAKE CUPS Sakazuki Set Circa 1950 Mid Century
BOXED PAIR OF JAPANESE ALABASTER SAKE CUPS Sakazuki Set Circa 1950 Mid Century
$70.00
Lg Antique Meiji Japanese Kinkozan Orange Floral Bird Satsuma Kutani Moon Vase
Lg Antique Meiji Japanese Kinkozan Orange Floral Bird Satsuma Kutani Moon Vase
$1,300.00

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