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.

imperial kutani black covered trinket box w gold pheasants florals
imperial kutani black covered trinket box w gold pheasants florals
$30.00
A FINE KUTANI HAND PAINTED JAPANESE BOWL FROM HILL HOUSE ESTATE
A FINE KUTANI HAND PAINTED JAPANESE BOWL FROM HILL HOUSE ESTATE
$1,295.00
1754467 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
1754467 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
$61.60
1754280 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
1754280 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
$104.30
1754164 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY MIZUSASHI WATER JAR KUTANI WARE PHOENIX A
1754164 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY MIZUSASHI WATER JAR KUTANI WARE PHOENIX A
$126.00
1754271 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
1754271 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
$90.30
1754197 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
1754197 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY CHAWAN TEA BOWL KUTANI WARE ARTISTS WORK
$90.30
HASEGAWA Japanese MORIAGE Kutani Rojin Sennin Scholar Celadon Buddha Zen Statue
HASEGAWA Japanese MORIAGE Kutani Rojin Sennin Scholar Celadon Buddha Zen Statue
$340.00
1748739 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sakecup KUTANI YAKI IROE
1748739 JAPANESE POTTERY GUINOMI sakecup KUTANI YAKI IROE
$39.90
Antique c1900 Japanese Marked Kutani Jug HandPainted Polychrome  Gold Enamel
Antique c1900 Japanese Marked Kutani Jug HandPainted Polychrome Gold Enamel
$200.00
Cup of Kutani antiques orange flowers shine Free Shipping From Japan
Cup of Kutani antiques orange flowers shine Free Shipping From Japan
$124.99
Antiques Cup of Kutani Aya Kon shine Free Shipping From Japan
Antiques Cup of Kutani Aya Kon shine Free Shipping From Japan
$124.99
Kutani ware Zaimei cups 4 customer era tea Sencha tools antiques Free Shipping
Kutani ware Zaimei cups 4 customer era tea Sencha tools antiques Free Shipping
$99.99
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Aokutani yellow
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Aokutani yellow
$39.00
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Aotibu tessen
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Aotibu tessen
$35.00
HUGE Japanese Satsuma Kutani Phoenix Koro Censer with Moriage SIGNED
HUGE Japanese Satsuma Kutani Phoenix Koro Censer with Moriage SIGNED
$200.00
JAPANESE HAND PAINTED KUTANI VASE MEIJI PERIOD SIGNED LARGE VASE
JAPANESE HAND PAINTED KUTANI VASE MEIJI PERIOD SIGNED LARGE VASE
£101.42
Antique Japanese Satsuma HOTEI Figure God KUTANI Custom Box Red Mark Statue
Antique Japanese Satsuma HOTEI Figure God KUTANI Custom Box Red Mark Statue
$2,200.00
Fine Antique Meiji Imari Satsuma Kutani Geisha Kwan Quan Yin Phoenix Bird Figure
Fine Antique Meiji Imari Satsuma Kutani Geisha Kwan Quan Yin Phoenix Bird Figure
$1,495.00
ANTIQUE SATSUMA KUTANI PORCELAIN DISH FLOWER SHAPED HANDPAINTED GORGEOUS SCENE
ANTIQUE SATSUMA KUTANI PORCELAIN DISH FLOWER SHAPED HANDPAINTED GORGEOUS SCENE
$31.49
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Ware Bottle Vase Late 19th c Oriental Porcelain
Meiji Period Japanese Kutani Ware Bottle Vase Late 19th c Oriental Porcelain
£38.99
Kutani Porcelain Bowl with Chrysanthemum Avian Decor 20th Century Vintage Japan
Kutani Porcelain Bowl with Chrysanthemum Avian Decor 20th Century Vintage Japan
$19.95
Kutani Porcelain Bowl with Blue and Gold Hand Painted Flowers Vintage Japan
Kutani Porcelain Bowl with Blue and Gold Hand Painted Flowers Vintage Japan
$16.95
Japanese Geisha Girl Pattern Hand Painted Tea Pot
Japanese Geisha Girl Pattern Hand Painted Tea Pot
$27.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
$395.00
Antique Kutani Thousand Flower Sake Cups Late 1800s Set of 6 Japanese Sake Cups
Antique Kutani Thousand Flower Sake Cups Late 1800s Set of 6 Japanese Sake Cups
$65.00
SALE Colorful Rare Kutani Style Quan Yin KwanYin Incense Holder Family Estate
SALE Colorful Rare Kutani Style Quan Yin KwanYin Incense Holder Family Estate
$79.50
Antique Vintage Hand Painted Puff Paint Kutani Japan Porcelain Sake Tea Cup Set
Antique Vintage Hand Painted Puff Paint Kutani Japan Porcelain Sake Tea Cup Set
$39.99
Japanese Porcelain Coffee or Tea Cup  Saucer Dragonware Moriage Satsuma
Japanese Porcelain Coffee or Tea Cup Saucer Dragonware Moriage Satsuma
£19.11
JAPANESE KUTANI BOTTLE NECK VASE WITH GILDING chinese porcelain pottery
JAPANESE KUTANI BOTTLE NECK VASE WITH GILDING chinese porcelain pottery
£15.59
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN TEA BOWL Edo Cobalt Ko Sometsuke
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN TEA BOWL Edo Cobalt Ko Sometsuke
$375.00
KAKIEMON 8 1 4 PLATE IMPRESSED STAMPED MARK VERY BROKEN
KAKIEMON 8 1 4 PLATE IMPRESSED STAMPED MARK VERY BROKEN
$15.00
VINTAGE 20th c Kutani 7 1 2 Dinner Plate Hand Painted Mount Fuji Scene
VINTAGE 20th c Kutani 7 1 2 Dinner Plate Hand Painted Mount Fuji Scene
$25.76
HUGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KO KUTANI FAN SHAPED IMARI COLOURED VASE
HUGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE KO KUTANI FAN SHAPED IMARI COLOURED VASE
£78.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE 105 KUTANI SLEEPING CAT IN COBALT BLUE HIGHLY GOLD GILDED
ANTIQUE JAPANESE 105 KUTANI SLEEPING CAT IN COBALT BLUE HIGHLY GOLD GILDED
$120.00
ANTIQUE VINTAGE SIGNED JAPAN KUTANI MEIJI GEISHA FLUTED FOOTED GILT COBALT BOWL
ANTIQUE VINTAGE SIGNED JAPAN KUTANI MEIJI GEISHA FLUTED FOOTED GILT COBALT BOWL
$23.99
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE CERAMIC HIBACHI POT Large Heavy Pottery Early 1900s
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE CERAMIC HIBACHI POT Large Heavy Pottery Early 1900s
$350.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani 1000 Faces Tea Set
Vintage Japanese Kutani 1000 Faces Tea Set
$79.00
KUTANI PLATES GOLD PLATED HUMMINGBIRD DESIGN
KUTANI PLATES GOLD PLATED HUMMINGBIRD DESIGN
£7.79
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI Red Lithophane Cup and Saucer Demitasse Geisha 1950
Vintage JAPANESE KUTANI Red Lithophane Cup and Saucer Demitasse Geisha 1950
$6.39

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 ceramichand paintedjapanees Kutani Kaga No Tai Sho 1868 1913
antique ceramichand paintedjapanees Kutani Kaga No Tai Sho 1868 1913
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Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Hanazume
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Hanazume
$33.00
19th c Early Meiji Period Matching Pair Of Japanese Kutani Vases
19th c Early Meiji Period Matching Pair Of Japanese Kutani Vases
£101.40
Kutani Japanese oriental vintage Art Deco antique geisha women set 4 side plates
Kutani Japanese oriental vintage Art Deco antique geisha women set 4 side plates
£15.60
Kutani Japanese oriental vintage Art Deco antique geisha women plate platter
Kutani Japanese oriental vintage Art Deco antique geisha women plate platter
£15.60
Kutani yaki ware Japanese sake Wine cup Hanazume set of 2
Kutani yaki ware Japanese sake Wine cup Hanazume set of 2
$133.00
1752085 JAPANEE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE WITH IROE
1752085 JAPANEE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE WITH IROE
$78.00
1739375 JAPANESE CERAMICS GUI NOMI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE KINSAI IROE UME
1739375 JAPANESE CERAMICS GUI NOMI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE KINSAI IROE UME
$67.00
1752682 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SAKE BOTTLE WITH SOMETSUKE LAPIS LAZI
1752682 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SAKE BOTTLE WITH SOMETSUKE LAPIS LAZI
$108.00
1751970 JAPANESE CERSMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE BY KUNIHIKO NITTA
1751970 JAPANESE CERSMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE BY KUNIHIKO NITTA
$88.00
1748744 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE GUINOMI SAKE CUP AKAE BIRDS AND FLOWE
1748744 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE GUINOMI SAKE CUP AKAE BIRDS AND FLOWE
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1752603 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE MAKIE PIONY ARTISTS WO
1752603 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE FLOWER VASE MAKIE PIONY ARTISTS WO
$129.00
1743112 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY YUNOMI TEA CUP SET OF 5 KUTANI WARE IROE
1743112 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY YUNOMI TEA CUP SET OF 5 KUTANI WARE IROE
$78.00
1749121 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE AKAE KINSAI ART
1749121 JAPANESE CERAMICS SAKAZUKI SAKE CUP KUTANI WARE AKAE KINSAI ART
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Vintage Kutani Kiln Sake Bottle Gleaming Gold Quails  Flowers
Vintage Kutani Kiln Sake Bottle Gleaming Gold Quails Flowers
$12.99
Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Guinomi Sakazuki Special Tiny Calligraphy Motif
Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Guinomi Sakazuki Special Tiny Calligraphy Motif
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Antique Kutani Cup  Saucer Red Maple Matte Black  Gold Finish Artist Signed
Antique Kutani Cup Saucer Red Maple Matte Black Gold Finish Artist Signed
$39.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Shishi Fu Dog Lion Guardian Protector Moriage
Vintage Japanese Kutani Shishi Fu Dog Lion Guardian Protector Moriage
$34.99
Vintage JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI TEA CUPS Geisha Girls SET OF 4
Vintage JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI TEA CUPS Geisha Girls SET OF 4
$39.00
Japanese Kutani ware tea set nice gold painting Eiraku style teapot 8160
Japanese Kutani ware tea set nice gold painting Eiraku style teapot 8160
$28.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD YOSHIDAYA KUTANI FUKU MARK 115 PORCELAIN VASES
ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD YOSHIDAYA KUTANI FUKU MARK 115 PORCELAIN VASES
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Japanese vintage Kutani ware Buddhist statue Kannon w sign
Japanese vintage Kutani ware Buddhist statue Kannon w sign
$99.00
Antique Japanese Chinese Porcelain Bowl Dynasty Mark Kutani
Antique Japanese Chinese Porcelain Bowl Dynasty Mark Kutani
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Japanese Kutani ware tea cup 2set w sign nice hand painting  calligraphy 8193
Japanese Kutani ware tea cup 2set w sign nice hand painting calligraphy 8193
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EXP FREE SHIPPING Japanese Kutani Hand painted Sake cupYamatika madeS w box
EXP FREE SHIPPING Japanese Kutani Hand painted Sake cupYamatika madeS w box
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Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake 2 bottles and 5 cups with tray FINE
Japanese Kutani ware Hand painted Sake 2 bottles and 5 cups with tray FINE
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Japanese pottery Kutani warebeautiful flower bird  flower vase with s w box
Japanese pottery Kutani warebeautiful flower bird flower vase with s w box
$49.99
Antique Vintage Kutani Sleeping Cat Kitten
Antique Vintage Kutani Sleeping Cat Kitten
$80.00
MONUMENTAL 16 ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHISHI STATUE Kutani Temple Dog Okimono Foo Lion
MONUMENTAL 16 ANTIQUE JAPANESE SHISHI STATUE Kutani Temple Dog Okimono Foo Lion
$1,800.00
Beautiful Hand Painted Gold On Porcelain Kutani Fine China
Beautiful Hand Painted Gold On Porcelain Kutani Fine China
$20.00
Kutani red vintage Japanese Art Deco oriental antique milk jug  sugar bowl
Kutani red vintage Japanese Art Deco oriental antique milk jug sugar bowl
£23.40
Japanese oriental Kutani landscape vintage Art Deco antique set 4 plates
Japanese oriental Kutani landscape vintage Art Deco antique set 4 plates
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Japanese oriental Kutani landscape vintage Art Deco antique set 4 bowls dishes
Japanese oriental Kutani landscape vintage Art Deco antique set 4 bowls dishes
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Japanese Kutani oriental vintage Art Deco antique flute musician teapot
Japanese Kutani oriental vintage Art Deco antique flute musician teapot
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Japanese Kutani oriental vintage Art Deco antique flute musician cup saucer duo
Japanese Kutani oriental vintage Art Deco antique flute musician cup saucer duo
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RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI ZODIAC DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available
RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI ZODIAC DISH Finest Porcelain Edo1800s 6 Available
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ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED TIGER THRONE STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED TIGER THRONE STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure
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SUPERB CHINESE BRONZE QILIN CENSER Cast Incense Burner with Hinged Head
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STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
STUNNING CHINESE GILT ENAMEL DRAGON BOX Exquisite Small Round Container
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