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.

Okinawa Japan Ryukyu Shisa Sake Ceramic Pottery
Okinawa Japan Ryukyu Shisa Sake Ceramic Pottery
$89.99
IMPORTANT ANTIQUE CHINESE MING BRONZE GUANYIN VOTIVE STATUE Museum Quality
IMPORTANT ANTIQUE CHINESE MING BRONZE GUANYIN VOTIVE STATUE Museum Quality
$35,000.00
J36 Japanese Vintage Fuchin Kutani Lucky hummer Koduchi Single ceramic weight
J36 Japanese Vintage Fuchin Kutani Lucky hummer Koduchi Single ceramic weight
$19.49
STUNNING LARGE 30 CMS ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TSUKURU VASE 1880 90
STUNNING LARGE 30 CMS ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TSUKURU VASE 1880 90
£96.49
STUNNING 30 CMS LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TSUKURU VASE 1880 90
STUNNING 30 CMS LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI TSUKURU VASE 1880 90
£96.49
SA100 Vintage Japanese Sake cup Sakazuki Gunpai Kutani Flower Botan Peony
SA100 Vintage Japanese Sake cup Sakazuki Gunpai Kutani Flower Botan Peony
$18.71
Kutani Takahashi San Francisco plate Floral with bird set of 2 7 1 2
Kutani Takahashi San Francisco plate Floral with bird set of 2 7 1 2
$10.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Double Gourd Vase 19th C Meiji Period
Antique Japanese Kutani Double Gourd Vase 19th C Meiji Period
$95.00
CD31 JAPANESE VINTAGE SIGNED KUTANI WARE CERAMIC KOMAINU SHI SHI FOO DOG STATUE
CD31 JAPANESE VINTAGE SIGNED KUTANI WARE CERAMIC KOMAINU SHI SHI FOO DOG STATUE
$89.96
Japanese Imperial Kutani Porcelain Antique Teapot Pheasants Flowers 1950s
Japanese Imperial Kutani Porcelain Antique Teapot Pheasants Flowers 1950s
$12.99
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER SUTRA BOX Meiji Period Makie e Storage Bako
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER SUTRA BOX Meiji Period Makie e Storage Bako
$395.00
Early 20th c Japanese Kutani Lazy Susan housed in an inlaid lacquered box
Early 20th c Japanese Kutani Lazy Susan housed in an inlaid lacquered box
£25.73
Kutani Ware Japanese Porcelain Tri Footed Incense Burner Multi Toned Signed
Kutani Ware Japanese Porcelain Tri Footed Incense Burner Multi Toned Signed
$85.00
Antique Japanese gilded Kutani sake cup 1920s handpainted NR 3581
Antique Japanese gilded Kutani sake cup 1920s handpainted NR 3581
£17.69
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Porcelain Kogo Shimuzan
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Porcelain Kogo Shimuzan
$199.00
antique kutani art pottery plate japanese japan meiji period cock hen rooster ok
antique kutani art pottery plate japanese japan meiji period cock hen rooster ok
$75.00
COLORFUL JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATE
COLORFUL JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATE
$40.00
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8317
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8317
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8318
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8318
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8319
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8319
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8320
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8320
$199.95
Beautiful Pair of Hand Painted Scenic Kutani plates with Red Marking on Back
Beautiful Pair of Hand Painted Scenic Kutani plates with Red Marking on Back
$12.00
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8321
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8321
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8322
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8322
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8323
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8323
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8324
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8324
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8325
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8325
$199.95
Japanese Kutani dish marked Hayakawa 1920s Taisho period handpainted NR 2485
Japanese Kutani dish marked Hayakawa 1920s Taisho period handpainted NR 2485
£19.30
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8326
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8326
$199.95
Antique Japanese Handpainted Kutani Lidded pot
Antique Japanese Handpainted Kutani Lidded pot
£41.81
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8327
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8327
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8328
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8328
$199.95
FINE PORCELAIN HAND DECORATED COLLECTIBLE PLATE by KUTANI 10 1 4 IN DIAMETER
FINE PORCELAIN HAND DECORATED COLLECTIBLE PLATE by KUTANI 10 1 4 IN DIAMETER
$45.50
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8329
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8329
$199.95
Vintage Kutani Gravy Boat Bamboo Platinum Design w Gold Accent Made in Japan
Vintage Kutani Gravy Boat Bamboo Platinum Design w Gold Accent Made in Japan
$14.99
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8330
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8330
$199.95
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8331
EARLY JAPANESE FINE PORCELAIN KUTANI SAUCER 8331
$199.95
Japan Kutani pottery Shi Shi Foo Dog Statue Medium size
Japan Kutani pottery Shi Shi Foo Dog Statue Medium size
$85.00
2 Signed ANTIQUE Japanese KUTANI Cream PITCHERS Jugs
2 Signed ANTIQUE Japanese KUTANI Cream PITCHERS Jugs
$48.99
The Japanese Old Works of Art Catalogue Auction in Kyoto 3 Beautiful Antiques
The Japanese Old Works of Art Catalogue Auction in Kyoto 3 Beautiful Antiques
$39.75

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:

LOVELY CHINA VINTAGE SHELLS FLORA TREE ART  ANTIQUE CHINA  SILKS
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sake bottle authentic japanese antique antique ceramic ware vase
sake bottle authentic japanese antique antique ceramic ware vase
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Japanese vintage Kutani ware statue Chinese lion Shishi nice work 4029
Japanese vintage Kutani ware statue Chinese lion Shishi nice work 4029
$28.00
JAPANESE 2 HAND PAINTED BLUE CELADON IMARI CRANE PLATE DISH JAPAN KUTANI WARE
JAPANESE 2 HAND PAINTED BLUE CELADON IMARI CRANE PLATE DISH JAPAN KUTANI WARE
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7 JAPANESE KUTANI YAKI HAND PAINTED MORIAGE PORCELAIN FIGURE STATUE LUCKY GODS
7 JAPANESE KUTANI YAKI HAND PAINTED MORIAGE PORCELAIN FIGURE STATUE LUCKY GODS
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Vintage Japan Cermaic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
Vintage Japan Cermaic Pottery Exports ID 1860 1920 Imari Satsuma Hirado Kutani
$49.95
ANTIQUE CHINESE GOUACHE PAINTING School of Spoilum 1700s Early 1800s Qing Dyn
ANTIQUE CHINESE GOUACHE PAINTING School of Spoilum 1700s Early 1800s Qing Dyn
$23,500.00
Elegant Japanese Kutani Vase signed
Elegant Japanese Kutani Vase signed
$20.99
Japanese tea bowl Kutani ware Matcha bowl Inscription ceramics
Japanese tea bowl Kutani ware Matcha bowl Inscription ceramics
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Japanese Pottery Tea Bowl Kyo ware tea ceremony very nice
$18.99
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 Imperial Ware K 36 porcelain mini incense temple burners w gold Foo Dog
Antique Imperial Ware K 36 porcelain mini incense temple burners w gold Foo Dog
$40.00
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
MUSEUM QUALITY ANTIQUE TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BODHISATTVA STATUE 200+ Years Old
$20,000.00
Kutani Flower Vase Bomboo Ume Japanese Apricot bird hand paint by Eizan
Kutani Flower Vase Bomboo Ume Japanese Apricot bird hand paint by Eizan
$250.00
Kutani Flower vase with hand paint of peacock and peahen
Kutani Flower vase with hand paint of peacock and peahen
$150.00
Kutani Flower vase by Kutani Seiho
Kutani Flower vase by Kutani Seiho
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Antique Vintage Kutani Platedark blue porcelain
Antique Vintage Kutani Platedark blue porcelain
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B3349 Lot of 4 Vintage Japanese Kutani Sake Cups
B3349 Lot of 4 Vintage Japanese Kutani Sake Cups
$28.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER STORAGE BOX Edo Period Samurai Hakko Bako
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER STORAGE BOX Edo Period Samurai Hakko Bako
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Japanese vase Kutani ware SEIHOU 50497
Japanese vase Kutani ware SEIHOU 50497
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EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
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8 EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE NEGORO LACQUER BOWLS Edo Meiji 1800s Set with Box
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ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ARITA TOKKURI VASE Sake Bottle Blue and White Porcelain
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VINTAGE JAPANESE SAKE CUP SAKAZUKI JUROJIN GOD OF LONGEVITY KUTANI IMARI
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Japanese Kutani Bowl Orange Gold Gilt
Japanese Kutani Bowl Orange Gold Gilt
$19.99
JAPANESE KUTANI 1810 1910 OVERGLAZE RED  GREEN BOWL SIGNED
JAPANESE KUTANI 1810 1910 OVERGLAZE RED GREEN BOWL SIGNED
$39.99
KUTANI HAND PAINTED 8 1 2 PLATE MARKED MEIJI ERA
KUTANI HAND PAINTED 8 1 2 PLATE MARKED MEIJI ERA
$14.95
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
$350.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY CARVED WOOD KWAN YIN 16th C Guanyin Statue China
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Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
$40.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN FOOTED BALL VASE HAND PAINTED MORIAGE FLOWERS
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1921 Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Porcelain
1921 Japanese Kutani Sake Cup Porcelain
$2.50
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$335.00
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