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 Japan Kutani hand painted porcelain Chocolate Coffee pot Geishas Signed
Antique Japan Kutani hand painted porcelain Chocolate Coffee pot Geishas Signed
$28.80
Antique Kutani Humming bird and Flowers Creamer Circa 1900
Antique Kutani Humming bird and Flowers Creamer Circa 1900
$19.95
PRETTY VINTAGE BLACK PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED IMPERIAL KUTANI JAPAN 4 VASE
PRETTY VINTAGE BLACK PORCELAIN HAND PAINTED IMPERIAL KUTANI JAPAN 4 VASE
$22.00
A JAPANESE SATSUMA OR KUTANI 23CM VASE APPLIED FIGURES OF SAGES 20TH C
A JAPANESE SATSUMA OR KUTANI 23CM VASE APPLIED FIGURES OF SAGES 20TH C
£40.27
RARE KUTANI COVERED SOUP CUP  SAUCER SETS MEIJI EGG SHELL PORCELAIN BEAUTIFUL
RARE KUTANI COVERED SOUP CUP SAUCER SETS MEIJI EGG SHELL PORCELAIN BEAUTIFUL
$59.99
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Trio Eggshell Tea Cup Saucer  Side Plate
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Trio Eggshell Tea Cup Saucer Side Plate
£24.89
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGUREPORCELAINHANDPAINTED GILDED325SIGNEDORIGINAL
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGUREPORCELAINHANDPAINTED GILDED325SIGNEDORIGINAL
$12.50
Japanese Kutani porcelain Tea Set Matsumura Pre 1920s
Japanese Kutani porcelain Tea Set Matsumura Pre 1920s
$69.00
19th c Early Meiji Period Matching Pair Of Japanese Kutani Vases
19th c Early Meiji Period Matching Pair Of Japanese Kutani Vases
£96.93
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL ROOT SCHOLARS STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s Wood Display
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL ROOT SCHOLARS STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s Wood Display
$1,200.00
RARE HUGE KYO SATSUMA GINGER JAR + 17 TALL KUTANI FANS  CHOPSTICKS
RARE HUGE KYO SATSUMA GINGER JAR + 17 TALL KUTANI FANS CHOPSTICKS
$484.00
20CT Japanese Huge Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl w Birds on a River Motif Ye
20CT Japanese Huge Kutani Ware Porcelain Bowl w Birds on a River Motif Ye
$349.00
VINTAGE Japan Kutani pottery Shi Shi Foo Dog Statue With box
VINTAGE Japan Kutani pottery Shi Shi Foo Dog Statue With box
$85.00
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plate Scenes of Japan
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Porcelain Plate Scenes of Japan
$39.99
Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Japan Kutani Cup and Saucer
Hand Painted Porcelain Japanese Japan Kutani Cup and Saucer
$99.99
4 Antique Japanese Meiji Period C1900 Erotica Kutani Sake Cups Woman Please Man
4 Antique Japanese Meiji Period C1900 Erotica Kutani Sake Cups Woman Please Man
$289.20
Two Japanese Kutani Ginger Jars Circa 1900
Two Japanese Kutani Ginger Jars Circa 1900
£23.86
Small Japanese Porcelain Orange Red Vase w Gilding Outdoor Scene Kutani
Small Japanese Porcelain Orange Red Vase w Gilding Outdoor Scene Kutani
$45.00
19th Century Meiji Period Arita Imari Kutani Porcelain God of Good Luck Daikoku
19th Century Meiji Period Arita Imari Kutani Porcelain God of Good Luck Daikoku
£149.14
KUTANI Hayasi Fine China 54 pc Dinnerware settings
KUTANI Hayasi Fine China 54 pc Dinnerware settings
$120.00
REFERENCE BOOK Netsuke M T Hindson Collection Preface Winkworth by Neil K Davey
REFERENCE BOOK Netsuke M T Hindson Collection Preface Winkworth by Neil K Davey
£298.29
RARE BLUE AND WHITE KUTANI STATUE PORCELAIN MARKED ON BOTTOM
RARE BLUE AND WHITE KUTANI STATUE PORCELAIN MARKED ON BOTTOM
$55.00
Signed Antique Japanese Kutani Long Neck Vase 9 3 4 Tall
Signed Antique Japanese Kutani Long Neck Vase 9 3 4 Tall
$1,275.00
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE KO KUTANI TEAPOT 1800s Japan Edo Meiji Pottery
GORGEOUS ANTIQUE JAPANESE KO KUTANI TEAPOT 1800s Japan Edo Meiji Pottery
$325.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE GOSU AKAE BOWL Porcelain Kashiki Tea Ceremony Cake Bowl
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE GOSU AKAE BOWL Porcelain Kashiki Tea Ceremony Cake Bowl
$295.00
JAPANESE PORCELAIN 1800 1950 NANCY SCHIFFER
JAPANESE PORCELAIN 1800 1950 NANCY SCHIFFER
$60.00
Porcelain Satsuma or Kutani Teapot Bamboo Handle Peacock  Flowers Gold DESIGN
Porcelain Satsuma or Kutani Teapot Bamboo Handle Peacock Flowers Gold DESIGN
$7.75
ANTIQUE KUTANI PORCELAIN CUP CHRYSANTHEMUN MON LITHOPHANE  JAPAN
ANTIQUE KUTANI PORCELAIN CUP CHRYSANTHEMUN MON LITHOPHANE JAPAN
$4.99
Old Antique Porcelain Japanese Kutani Bowl Set of 5 Kimono Cherry Blossoms
Old Antique Porcelain Japanese Kutani Bowl Set of 5 Kimono Cherry Blossoms
$14.25
Vintage Oriental Chinese Japanese Kutani Green Glaze porcelain old man statue
Vintage Oriental Chinese Japanese Kutani Green Glaze porcelain old man statue
$9.99
RARE ANTIQUE SIGNED KUTANI COBALT  GOLD 1000 FACES DEITIES JAPANESE VASE
RARE ANTIQUE SIGNED KUTANI COBALT GOLD 1000 FACES DEITIES JAPANESE VASE
$375.00
ANTIQUE PAIR of JAPANESE SATSUMA Moriage Elders Figures 9 TALL Statues
ANTIQUE PAIR of JAPANESE SATSUMA Moriage Elders Figures 9 TALL Statues
$40.99
RARE ANTIQUE SIGNED MORIAGE COBALT  GOLD JAPANESE DEITIES VASE SATSUMA KUTANI
RARE ANTIQUE SIGNED MORIAGE COBALT GOLD JAPANESE DEITIES VASE SATSUMA KUTANI
$275.00
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 CHINESE CARVED TIGER THRONE STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED TIGER THRONE STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Wooden Figure
$125.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY DISH Blue  White Swatow Porcelain Kitchen Plate
ANTIQUE CHINESE MING DYNASTY DISH Blue White Swatow Porcelain Kitchen Plate
$165.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHOU LAO STATUE 1800s Longevity Carving
$650.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ARITA PORCELAIN COVERED BOX Finest Nigoshide White 1800s
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI ARITA PORCELAIN COVERED BOX Finest Nigoshide White 1800s
$265.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Longevity Wealth Fukurokuju 1800s Meiji
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Longevity Wealth Fukurokuju 1800s Meiji
$235.00
Pair of Porcelain Japanese Kutani  Marked Teapot Diffusers
Pair of Porcelain Japanese Kutani Marked Teapot Diffusers
$25.00

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:

LARGE ANTIQUE KUTANI LONG NECK JAPANESE VASE
LARGE ANTIQUE KUTANI LONG NECK JAPANESE VASE
£1.48
Old Kutani GlazedHand Painted Red Clay Happy Hotei Buddha Starue Signed 75
Old Kutani GlazedHand Painted Red Clay Happy Hotei Buddha Starue Signed 75
$249.00
JAPANESE KUTANI BOTTLE NECK VASE WITH GILDING chinese porcelain pottery
JAPANESE KUTANI BOTTLE NECK VASE WITH GILDING chinese porcelain pottery
£14.90
Handpainted Antique Kutani Teaset Gilt edged 5 Tea Cups 5 Saucers Marked
Handpainted Antique Kutani Teaset Gilt edged 5 Tea Cups 5 Saucers Marked
$62.00
Antique Handpainted Kutani Teaset Gilt edged 5 Tea Cups 5 Saucers Marked
Antique Handpainted Kutani Teaset Gilt edged 5 Tea Cups 5 Saucers Marked
$62.00
Handpainted Antique Kutani Dragon Marriage Porcelain 46 pieces Gold Red Green
Handpainted Antique Kutani Dragon Marriage Porcelain 46 pieces Gold Red Green
$265.00
Large Unusual Antique Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Porcelain Bonsai Tray Bowl
Large Unusual Antique Japanese Meiji Taisho Kutani Porcelain Bonsai Tray Bowl
£1.48
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set Pre English Export Marking
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Set Pre English Export Marking
$29.00
Kutani Porcelain cats
Kutani Porcelain cats
$400.00
Early Japanese Fine Porcelain Hand Painted Kutani Mini Saucer and Creamer
Early Japanese Fine Porcelain Hand Painted Kutani Mini Saucer and Creamer
$50.00
Early Japanese Fine Porcelain Hand Painted Kutani Tea Saucer
Early Japanese Fine Porcelain Hand Painted Kutani Tea Saucer
$30.00
Antique Japanese Kutani  Vase Meiji Hand Painted Yoshidaya Enamel Fuku Mark
Antique Japanese Kutani Vase Meiji Hand Painted Yoshidaya Enamel Fuku Mark
$25.00
Kutani Takahashi San Francisco Floral Bowl
Kutani Takahashi San Francisco Floral Bowl
$9.99
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEAPOT WITH ORNAMENTAL FISH LATE 19TH CENTURY
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN TEAPOT WITH ORNAMENTAL FISH LATE 19TH CENTURY
$20.00
Kutani ware tea bowls Red Fuji chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese Porcelain
Kutani ware tea bowls Red Fuji chawan Matcha Green Tea Japanese Porcelain
$92.00
5 SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
5 SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
$39.99
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL TES POT  SAUCER SALT  PEPPER
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SMALL TES POT SAUCER SALT PEPPER
$49.99
1544499 JAPANESE TA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE GOLD FOILED TEA CUP SET OF 2 BY KU
1544499 JAPANESE TA UTENSILS KUTANI WARE GOLD FOILED TEA CUP SET OF 2 BY KU
$57.00
1581102 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WRE TEA CUP BY EIRAKU
1581102 JAPANESE TEA UTENSILS KUTANI WRE TEA CUP BY EIRAKU
$67.00
1650228 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE THREE COLORS GLAZED TEA BOWL BY S
1650228 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE THREE COLORS GLAZED TEA BOWL BY S
$98.00
1649575 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE MOKUBEI AOKI STYLE TEA BOWL
1649575 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE MOKUBEI AOKI STYLE TEA BOWL
$88.00
1649440 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE IROE TEA BOWL WITH GOLD PAINTED UME
1649440 JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY KUTANI WARE IROE TEA BOWL WITH GOLD PAINTED UME
$88.00
1650305 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SMALL PLATE SET OF 5 ARTISTS WORK
1650305 JAPANESE CERAMICS KUTANI WARE SMALL PLATE SET OF 5 ARTISTS WORK
$78.00
Japanese Vintage Kutani ware Shunga Erotic Sakazuki SAKE CUP 3 sets w box JAPAN
Japanese Vintage Kutani ware Shunga Erotic Sakazuki SAKE CUP 3 sets w box JAPAN
$69.50
KUTANI Japanese eggshell porcelain beautiful hand painted bowl with lid
KUTANI Japanese eggshell porcelain beautiful hand painted bowl with lid
£5.67
imari Bowl 6cm tall
imari Bowl 6cm tall
£14.90
Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Stem Vase Japan c1920
Antique Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Stem Vase Japan c1920
$0.79
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
$595.00
SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
SUPERB CHINESE LACQUERED WOOD CRICKET CAGE Qing Dynasty Finely Woven Basket
$395.00
A25Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint FLOWER BUD VASE Sorori Houryo made auto
A25Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint FLOWER BUD VASE Sorori Houryo made auto
$24.00
Antique FINE 145 Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese Signed Kutani Charger Deep Plate
Antique FINE 145 Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese Signed Kutani Charger Deep Plate
$222.22
T903 Japanese Kutani ware Celadon Openwork FUCHIN hanging scroll weight
T903 Japanese Kutani ware Celadon Openwork FUCHIN hanging scroll weight
$24.00
3 Beautiful Graduated Antique Kutani Bowls Very Rare
3 Beautiful Graduated Antique Kutani Bowls Very Rare
$219.00
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
19th Century Antique Japanese large Kutani Bowl Signed
$99.00
A61 1920s Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint PLATE Dish 5sets Fujiyama pattern
A61 1920s Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint PLATE Dish 5sets Fujiyama pattern
$24.00
T855 Japanese Kutani ware Red painting WASTE WATER CONTAINER Kensui auto VHTF
T855 Japanese Kutani ware Red painting WASTE WATER CONTAINER Kensui auto VHTF
$24.00
T854 Japanese Kutani ware Colored porcelain SUGAR BOWL Bamboo flower pattern
T854 Japanese Kutani ware Colored porcelain SUGAR BOWL Bamboo flower pattern
$24.00
T845 1930s Japanese Kutani ware ORNAMENTAL PLATE Dish Flower  bird pattern
T845 1930s Japanese Kutani ware ORNAMENTAL PLATE Dish Flower bird pattern
$24.00
2 Vintage Japanese Kutani Teat Cups
2 Vintage Japanese Kutani Teat Cups
$18.95
T786 Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint Mallet mouse shaped Ornaments Display VHTF
T786 Japanese Kutani ware Gold paint Mallet mouse shaped Ornaments Display VHTF
$24.00

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