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.

Super quality Kutani vase peacock signed
Super quality Kutani vase peacock signed
$145.00
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Cobalt Blue Vase with Gold Trim Signed
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Cobalt Blue Vase with Gold Trim Signed
$35.00
Very Fine Old Japan Japanese Porcelain Kutani Bowl w Foliates Decor ca 1900
Very Fine Old Japan Japanese Porcelain Kutani Bowl w Foliates Decor ca 1900
$125.00
2 JAPANESE CANDLESTICKS KUTANI PORCELAIN MEIJI ERA PAIR FINELY HAND PAINTED
2 JAPANESE CANDLESTICKS KUTANI PORCELAIN MEIJI ERA PAIR FINELY HAND PAINTED
£60.06
Chinese Famille Rose Cantonese Porcelain Unusual Cup  Saucer
Chinese Famille Rose Cantonese Porcelain Unusual Cup Saucer
£19.51
Antique Shozan Kutani Sweet Meat Lazy Susan Tray Plate
Antique Shozan Kutani Sweet Meat Lazy Susan Tray Plate
$200.00
Elegant Japanese Kutani Style Vase Cobalt Blue Pheasant  Peony Kutani Logo
Elegant Japanese Kutani Style Vase Cobalt Blue Pheasant Peony Kutani Logo
$14.50
Cat Sleeping Nemuri Neko Statue Japanese Kutani Moriage Artist Signed Maneki 10
Cat Sleeping Nemuri Neko Statue Japanese Kutani Moriage Artist Signed Maneki 10
$895.00
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Tea Caddy Tea Jar 145cm
Beautiful Japanese Kutani Tea Caddy Tea Jar 145cm
£67.59
Vintage Japanese Multi color Porcelain Scalloped Three Footed Bowl
Vintage Japanese Multi color Porcelain Scalloped Three Footed Bowl
$10.95
Meiji Kutani Raised Enamel Lidded Dresser or Powder Box
Meiji Kutani Raised Enamel Lidded Dresser or Powder Box
$39.43
Antique Circa 1800s KUTANI PLATE SIGNED
Antique Circa 1800s KUTANI PLATE SIGNED
$95.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Dragon Satsuma Tea Cup Set
Antique Japanese Kutani Dragon Satsuma Tea Cup Set
$28.50
Meiji Kutani Sei Japanese Geisha Ware Porcelain
Meiji Kutani Sei Japanese Geisha Ware Porcelain
$19.99
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA CENSER
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA CENSER
$179.00
Gorgeous Mid Century Japanese Kutani Satsuma Temple Jar Vase Signed Vintage Rare
Gorgeous Mid Century Japanese Kutani Satsuma Temple Jar Vase Signed Vintage Rare
$89.99
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA
$239.00
Antique 19th Century Kutani Japan Petite Vase Quality Old Asian Art Piece Birds
Antique 19th Century Kutani Japan Petite Vase Quality Old Asian Art Piece Birds
$99.95
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Yoshidaya sansu
Weight for Japanese hanging scroll FUCHIN stone Kutani porcelain Yoshidaya sansu
$46.00
Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat White Porcelain Gold Gilded
Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat White Porcelain Gold Gilded
$29.49
Lovely Unusual JAPANESE Porcelain Kutani VASE Hand painted Bird Floral SIGNED
Lovely Unusual JAPANESE Porcelain Kutani VASE Hand painted Bird Floral SIGNED
$72.00
Six Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plates Meiji Period Circa 1880
Six Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plates Meiji Period Circa 1880
$600.00
Very Old  Signed Handpainted Japanese Kutani Satsuma Pencil Vase Well Done
Very Old Signed Handpainted Japanese Kutani Satsuma Pencil Vase Well Done
$31.00
DECORATIVE KUTANI BROCADE BOWL FROM BLOOMINGDALES DISPLAY ONLY
DECORATIVE KUTANI BROCADE BOWL FROM BLOOMINGDALES DISPLAY ONLY
$59.95
ANTIQUE KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN VASE GEISHA BIRDS DRAGON SIGNED NINE VALLEY
ANTIQUE KUTANI JAPANESE PORCELAIN VASE GEISHA BIRDS DRAGON SIGNED NINE VALLEY
$375.00
Beautiful Japanese KUTANI Porcelain GROUP Kannon Quan Yin w CHILD  ATTENDANTS
Beautiful Japanese KUTANI Porcelain GROUP Kannon Quan Yin w CHILD ATTENDANTS
$690.00
COLORFUL JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATE
COLORFUL JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATE
$40.00
Signed Elegant Satsuma Kutani Moriage Koro Japanese Shi Foo Fu Dog Lion Censer
Signed Elegant Satsuma Kutani Moriage Koro Japanese Shi Foo Fu Dog Lion Censer
$60.00
AMAZING JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI INCENSE BURNER CENSER FU DOG SHI LON
AMAZING JAPANESE SATSUMA MORIAGE KUTANI INCENSE BURNER CENSER FU DOG SHI LON
$50.00
Japanese Kutani dish Red Design early 20th century
Japanese Kutani dish Red Design early 20th century
$9.99
KUTANI SATSUMA TOYO JAPAN HAND PAINTED ART NOUVEAU DESSERT PLATE TAG  SIGNATURE
KUTANI SATSUMA TOYO JAPAN HAND PAINTED ART NOUVEAU DESSERT PLATE TAG SIGNATURE
$21.24
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Style Sugar Bowl with Under Tray Bonded
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Style Sugar Bowl with Under Tray Bonded
$19.90
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Style Teapot Hand Painted
Beautiful Antique Japanese Kutani Style Teapot Hand Painted
$39.90
Japanese 5 PLATEs of Oldest KUTANI ware  37  81  11  810g
Japanese 5 PLATEs of Oldest KUTANI ware 37 81 11 810g
$299.99
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI IMARI HAND PAINTED MAN HOLDING FAN FIGURINE
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI IMARI HAND PAINTED MAN HOLDING FAN FIGURINE
$9.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER COVERED BOWL Superb Golden Maki e Signed
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER COVERED BOWL Superb Golden Maki e Signed
$185.00
VINTAGE SAKI SET 2 GLASSES CUPS HAND PAINTED KUTANI JAPAN
VINTAGE SAKI SET 2 GLASSES CUPS HAND PAINTED KUTANI JAPAN
$24.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hotei Moriage Figure Statue Rare
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hotei Moriage Figure Statue Rare
$19.99
Very RARE Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine Gold Painted Flowers SAVE ME
Very RARE Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine Gold Painted Flowers SAVE ME
$9.99
Old or Antique Japanese Kutani Type Studio Pottery Vase
Old or Antique Japanese Kutani Type Studio Pottery Vase
$375.00

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:

Vintage Kutani Gourd shaped vase Beautiful and Vibrant Color
Vintage Kutani Gourd shaped vase Beautiful and Vibrant Color
$125.00
Lovely Antique Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese KUTANI Teapot SIGNED
Lovely Antique Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese KUTANI Teapot SIGNED
$24.99
VINTAGE SIGNED KUTANI PLATE
VINTAGE SIGNED KUTANI PLATE
$125.00
1471944 JAPANESE POTTERY FLOWER VASE KUTANI YAKI
1471944 JAPANESE POTTERY FLOWER VASE KUTANI YAKI
$88.00
1397958 JAPANESE PREMIUM TEAWARE KUTANI WARE BY TOKUDA YASOKICHI
1397958 JAPANESE PREMIUM TEAWARE KUTANI WARE BY TOKUDA YASOKICHI
$2,578.00
1262585 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
1262585 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS PLATE AI KUTANI TE SOMETSUKE KO IMARI
$537.00
1567958 JAPANESE POTTERY SAKAZUKI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
1567958 JAPANESE POTTERY SAKAZUKI sake cup KUTANI YAKI
$47.00
1570513 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS INCENSE CONTAINER KUTANI YAKI
1570513 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS INCENSE CONTAINER KUTANI YAKI
$57.00
1567101 JAPANESE POTTERY TOKKURI sake bottle set KUTANI YAKI
1567101 JAPANESE POTTERY TOKKURI sake bottle set KUTANI YAKI
$57.00
1568834 JAPANESE POTTERY YUNOMI teacup KUTANI YAKI
1568834 JAPANESE POTTERY YUNOMI teacup KUTANI YAKI
$57.00
ANTIQUE Hand Painted Pottery JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT
ANTIQUE Hand Painted Pottery JAPANESE KUTANI TEAPOT
£30.02
ANTIQUE Hand Painted Pottery JAPANESE KUTANI PLATE
ANTIQUE Hand Painted Pottery JAPANESE KUTANI PLATE
£30.02
VINTAGE KUTANI CHINA HANDPAINTED TEA POT AND CUPS WITH LIDS CHRYSANTHEMUMS SET
VINTAGE KUTANI CHINA HANDPAINTED TEA POT AND CUPS WITH LIDS CHRYSANTHEMUMS SET
$79.99
WONDERFUL 19TH ANT JAPANESE PORCELAIN SIGNED c1880 KUTANI SHI SHI FOO DOGS LIONS
WONDERFUL 19TH ANT JAPANESE PORCELAIN SIGNED c1880 KUTANI SHI SHI FOO DOGS LIONS
$359.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE STONEWARE TEA JAR Southern China 1780 1820 Qing Qianlong
SUPERB ANTIQUE CHINESE STONEWARE TEA JAR Southern China 1780 1820 Qing Qianlong
$1,800.00
Kutani yaki ware hydrangea yellow glaze Japanese tea pot 400ml
Kutani yaki ware hydrangea yellow glaze Japanese tea pot 400ml
$69.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
$600.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BRONZE HIBACHI 1800s Mythological Beasts
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BRONZE HIBACHI 1800s Mythological Beasts
$600.00
SPECTACULAR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA DISH Meiji Period Plate 1800s Signed
SPECTACULAR ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA DISH Meiji Period Plate 1800s Signed
$4,250.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE TIBETAN CAST IRON BUDDHIST STATUE Amitayus Bodhisattva Buddha
SUPERB ANTIQUE TIBETAN CAST IRON BUDDHIST STATUE Amitayus Bodhisattva Buddha
$2,500.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma HOTEI Figure God KUTANI Custom Box Red Mark Statue
Antique Japanese Satsuma HOTEI Figure God KUTANI Custom Box Red Mark Statue
$2,450.00
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers  Bamboo Hand Painted
Pair Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases Birds Flowers Bamboo Hand Painted
$139.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI KAKIEMON TOKKURI VASE Finest Porcelain Phoenix
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI KAKIEMON TOKKURI VASE Finest Porcelain Phoenix
$375.00
Kutani yaki ware Sakura Japanese tea pot 450ml
Kutani yaki ware Sakura Japanese tea pot 450ml
$58.00
antique ceramichand paintedjapanees Kutani Kaga No Tai Sho 1868 1913
antique ceramichand paintedjapanees Kutani Kaga No Tai Sho 1868 1913
$38.99
ULTRA RARE UNFINISHED ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Meiji Yabu Meizan Ryozan
ULTRA RARE UNFINISHED ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE Meiji Yabu Meizan Ryozan
$6,000.00
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED TRAY Mid Century Japan Signed Fish Platter
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED TRAY Mid Century Japan Signed Fish Platter
$395.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED SOAPSTONE BUDAI FIGURE Exquisite Pu Tai Buddha Statue
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED SOAPSTONE BUDAI FIGURE Exquisite Pu Tai Buddha Statue
$1,600.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
$1,600.00
Japanese Wooden Used Kutani Porcelain Storage Box 335 x 225 x12 cm Teakettle
Japanese Wooden Used Kutani Porcelain Storage Box 335 x 225 x12 cm Teakettle
$49.99
Kutani yaki ware Kinhanazume Japanese tea pot 300ml
Kutani yaki ware Kinhanazume Japanese tea pot 300ml
$58.00
Kutani yaki ware Kohakubai Shoryu Fukuda Japanese Sake cup and Sake bottle set
Kutani yaki ware Kohakubai Shoryu Fukuda Japanese Sake cup and Sake bottle set
$205.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN BOWL 300 Year Old Edo Arita Ko Sometsuke
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN BOWL 300 Year Old Edo Arita Ko Sometsuke
$600.00
Kutani yaki ware Green sancha Japanese tea pot 360ml
Kutani yaki ware Green sancha Japanese tea pot 360ml
$64.00
Vintage Imperial Kutani Japanese Round Covered Trinket Box Dish Container
Vintage Imperial Kutani Japanese Round Covered Trinket Box Dish Container
$79.99
Kutani yaki ware Hanawa kuguri Japanese tea pot 450ml
Kutani yaki ware Hanawa kuguri Japanese tea pot 450ml
$58.00
Kutani yaki ware Ginsai renzan Japanese tea pot 250ml
Kutani yaki ware Ginsai renzan Japanese tea pot 250ml
$64.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Finest Porcelain Edo 1800s 8 Available
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Finest Porcelain Edo 1800s 8 Available
$275.00
Antique Japanese Porcelain Woman Geisha Bird Pond Figurine Statue Kimono Attire
Antique Japanese Porcelain Woman Geisha Bird Pond Figurine Statue Kimono Attire
$249.99
Japanese 19th Century Kutani Samurai Scene Beautiful 12 Porcelain Plate Rare
Japanese 19th Century Kutani Samurai Scene Beautiful 12 Porcelain Plate Rare
$432.00

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