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.

ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PORCELAIN DISH Very Fine Quality Hand Decoration
ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PORCELAIN DISH Very Fine Quality Hand Decoration
$180.00
PORCELAIN JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURINE
PORCELAIN JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURINE
$129.00
Vintage Antique Japanese Jar Signed
Vintage Antique Japanese Jar Signed
$69.99
Goddess Kutani Satsuma Porcelain Enamel Morriage Imortals Plate 10
Goddess Kutani Satsuma Porcelain Enamel Morriage Imortals Plate 10
$45.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
$600.00
Japanese MORIAGE KUTANI Celadon Kannon Buddha Feng Shui Guan Kwan Yin Zen Statue
Japanese MORIAGE KUTANI Celadon Kannon Buddha Feng Shui Guan Kwan Yin Zen Statue
$250.00
Meiji Period Small Japanese Kutani Orange Trimmed Creamer  Sugar w Flowers Set
Meiji Period Small Japanese Kutani Orange Trimmed Creamer Sugar w Flowers Set
$12.00
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
$29.99
RARE CUTE Kutani Moriage Samurai Kabuto Helmet Hannya Devil Evil Maedate Statue
RARE CUTE Kutani Moriage Samurai Kabuto Helmet Hannya Devil Evil Maedate Statue
$920.00
Kutani yaki ware Japanese incense burner Mokubei Karako design Porcelain
Kutani yaki ware Japanese incense burner Mokubei Karako design Porcelain
$8.90
Antique Japanese KUTANI Signed Hand Painted Scene Creamer Pitcher w Satsuma Dot
Antique Japanese KUTANI Signed Hand Painted Scene Creamer Pitcher w Satsuma Dot
$66.99
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 1
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 1
$19.99
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 2 hexg
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 2 hexg
$19.99
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 3 clan
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 3 clan
$19.99
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 3 kanj
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI gilding hand painting cup collectable collection 3 kanj
$19.99
JAPANESE KUTANI OCHOCO SHOTGLASS SET
JAPANESE KUTANI OCHOCO SHOTGLASS SET
$69.00
Japanese Kutani porcelain Silver foil Sake set Bottle  cups free shipping boxed
Japanese Kutani porcelain Silver foil Sake set Bottle cups free shipping boxed
$124.50
VINTAGE RARE KUTANI 3colors fukusuke okimono Bow statue signed doll lucky god
VINTAGE RARE KUTANI 3colors fukusuke okimono Bow statue signed doll lucky god
$399.00
Japanese anitique rare old hand painted set of 4 Kutani marked
Japanese anitique rare old hand painted set of 4 Kutani marked
£764.97
5 SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
5 SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
$44.99
Antique Signed 1800s Japanese Kutani Vase 7 Inches Tall Damaged And Glued
Antique Signed 1800s Japanese Kutani Vase 7 Inches Tall Damaged And Glued
£15.45
Big Ceramic KUTANI Bead  Hexagon Shape purple flowers new beautiful 13 13
Big Ceramic KUTANI Bead Hexagon Shape purple flowers new beautiful 13 13
$24.50
Bamboo Handle Kutani Teapot with Lid in Red And White with gold detail
Bamboo Handle Kutani Teapot with Lid in Red And White with gold detail
£17.00
Meiji Kutani Sei Japanese Geisha Ware Porcelain
Meiji Kutani Sei Japanese Geisha Ware Porcelain
$19.99
J22 Vintage Japanese Kutani ware Katakuchi Hand painted Plum bamboo Yusamashi
J22 Vintage Japanese Kutani ware Katakuchi Hand painted Plum bamboo Yusamashi
$29.95
Kutani Moriage Manaki Neko 23 Statue with wood base
Kutani Moriage Manaki Neko 23 Statue with wood base
$2,800.00
15 Pc Lot Antique Japanese Kutani Ware Red Avian Floral Designs
15 Pc Lot Antique Japanese Kutani Ware Red Avian Floral Designs
$144.00
Antique Kutani Kinrande Japanese signed plates Circa 1910 1 x 85 6 X 75
Antique Kutani Kinrande Japanese signed plates Circa 1910 1 x 85 6 X 75
$215.00
A peasant done in the satsuma type Kutani Moriage statue Okimono 17 cm high
A peasant done in the satsuma type Kutani Moriage statue Okimono 17 cm high
$95.00
10 Ten Antique Kutani Sake Cup Silver Pedestal Calligraphy Poem Signed
10 Ten Antique Kutani Sake Cup Silver Pedestal Calligraphy Poem Signed
$230.00
Rare Antique 7 1 4 Kutani Plate w Cobalt Edge  Gold Trim from Meiji Period
Rare Antique 7 1 4 Kutani Plate w Cobalt Edge Gold Trim from Meiji Period
$55.00
Antique Japanese Kutan eggshell coffee demitasse cup1920s handpainted 1959D
Antique Japanese Kutan eggshell coffee demitasse cup1920s handpainted 1959D
£9.27
Antique Japanese Kutani plate with farmers 21 cm 1880 1900 handpainted 1069
Antique Japanese Kutani plate with farmers 21 cm 1880 1900 handpainted 1069
£40.18
Antique Japanese Kutani teapot in Imari style 1900 15 handpainted 0888
Antique Japanese Kutani teapot in Imari style 1900 15 handpainted 0888
£35.54
Antique Japanese Kutani plate signed Nikko 1900 15 Meiji handpainted NR 411
Antique Japanese Kutani plate signed Nikko 1900 15 Meiji handpainted NR 411
£37.09
Antique Japanese Kutani sake cup with erotic scene 1920s handpainted 3843B
Antique Japanese Kutani sake cup with erotic scene 1920s handpainted 3843B
£29.36
Antique Japanese Kutani cup with wise men 1880 1900 Meiji handpainted 3333B
Antique Japanese Kutani cup with wise men 1880 1900 Meiji handpainted 3333B
£29.36
Antique Kutani  Japanese Large Geishas Platter Meiji 15 H P Enamel Shoza Era
Antique Kutani Japanese Large Geishas Platter Meiji 15 H P Enamel Shoza Era
$850.00
Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Cup and Saucer
Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Cup and Saucer
£46.35
Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Cup and Saucer
Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Cup and Saucer
£46.35

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 FINE HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN KUTANI GOLD TRIM SAUCER
JAPANESE FINE HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN KUTANI GOLD TRIM SAUCER
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Vintage Japan Kutani Pottery Shishi Lion Foo Dog Dragon Gold Moriage Statue
Vintage Japan Kutani Pottery Shishi Lion Foo Dog Dragon Gold Moriage Statue
$47.95
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Edo Meiji Period 1800s Gilt Ceramic
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Edo Meiji Period 1800s Gilt Ceramic
$800.00
LARGE ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY CARVED WOOD KWAN YIN 16th C Guanyin Statue
LARGE ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY CARVED WOOD KWAN YIN 16th C Guanyin Statue
$820.00
KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN BOWL SIGNED BASE MARK GOLD GILT TRIM
KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN BOWL SIGNED BASE MARK GOLD GILT TRIM
$65.00
1940s Japanese Kutani Moriage DAIKOKU God of Wealth Statue Figurine Signed
1940s Japanese Kutani Moriage DAIKOKU God of Wealth Statue Figurine Signed
$40.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE BRONZE GU Late Shang Dynasty Archaic Wine Vessel
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE BRONZE GU Late Shang Dynasty Archaic Wine Vessel
$60,000.00
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE DRAGON VASE Signed Edo Meiji Usubata
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE DRAGON VASE Signed Edo Meiji Usubata
$5,250.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN SHI GUARDIAN LION FIGURE Qing Foo Fu Dog
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE PORCELAIN SHI GUARDIAN LION FIGURE Qing Foo Fu Dog
$600.00
Antique Japanese Kutani porcelain sugar jar
Antique Japanese Kutani porcelain sugar jar
$10.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA DISH Exquisite Minute Detail By Hattori
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA DISH Exquisite Minute Detail By Hattori
$4,500.00
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER PLATE HAND PAINTED
$29.99
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BRONZE HIBACHI 1800s Mythological Beasts
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BRONZE HIBACHI 1800s Mythological Beasts
$800.00
Vintage Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Figurine Made in Japan
Vintage Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Figurine Made in Japan
$88.00
18thCentury Edo Gold on Bronze Kozuka Samurai River  Village Scene Signed Blade
18thCentury Edo Gold on Bronze Kozuka Samurai River Village Scene Signed Blade
£154.52
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN FOOTED BALL VASE HAND PAINTED MORIAGE FLOWERS
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN FOOTED BALL VASE HAND PAINTED MORIAGE FLOWERS
$14.99
LARGE 14 DIAMETER X 11 TALL ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL PLANTER
LARGE 14 DIAMETER X 11 TALL ANTIQUE HAND PAINTED JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL PLANTER
$99.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE DRAGON PORCELAIN MEIPING VASE
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE DRAGON PORCELAIN MEIPING VASE
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SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
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ULTRA RARE UNFINISHED ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Meiji Yabu Meizan Ryozan
ULTRA RARE UNFINISHED ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Meiji Yabu Meizan Ryozan
$7,200.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA EMPRESS VASE Edo Meiji Period
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA EMPRESS VASE Edo Meiji Period
$925.00
SET OF 4 ANTIQUE EDO JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES 1800s Fine Golden Maki e Urushi
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$200.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
ANTIQUE CHINESE ENAMEL BOX Champleve Early 1900s Brass with inset stones
$125.00
old Estate Japanese Welcome CAT maneki nekko Sleeping Cat porcelain 95 marks
old Estate Japanese Welcome CAT maneki nekko Sleeping Cat porcelain 95 marks
$300.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
$600.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
$275.00
Meiji Japanese Antique Kutani Floral Bird Design Hand Painted Jar 5 5 8
Meiji Japanese Antique Kutani Floral Bird Design Hand Painted Jar 5 5 8
$65.00
Kutani Moriage Bowls Marked Antique Japanese Delicate Porcelain
Kutani Moriage Bowls Marked Antique Japanese Delicate Porcelain
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Antique Japanese Kutani Signed Hand Painted Porcelain Dish Ducks on Pond
Antique Japanese Kutani Signed Hand Painted Porcelain Dish Ducks on Pond
$79.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
$1,800.00
Lovely Old Nippon Kutani Geisha Porcelain Lotus Bowl Tri footed Japan
Lovely Old Nippon Kutani Geisha Porcelain Lotus Bowl Tri footed Japan
$44.99
STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
$275.00
ANTIQUE NEPALI BRONZE BUTTER LAMP 1500s 1600s Buddhist Nepal Temple Sukunda
ANTIQUE NEPALI BRONZE BUTTER LAMP 1500s 1600s Buddhist Nepal Temple Sukunda
$365.00
Japanese Porcelain  Pottery Kutani Shishi Dragon Lion Dogs Statues
Japanese Porcelain Pottery Kutani Shishi Dragon Lion Dogs Statues
$200.00
Japanese antique Pottery Tea Cup zen oriental art
Japanese antique Pottery Tea Cup zen oriental art
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2 ANTIQUE SIGNED JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURAL FISH PLATE DISHES
2 ANTIQUE SIGNED JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURAL FISH PLATE DISHES
$9.50
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN BOWL 300 Year Old Edo Arita Ko Sometsuke
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18th Century Edo Period Applied Silver Flowers on Bronze Kozuka Signed Blade
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