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 QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
ANTIQUE QING DYNASTY CHINESE FAMILLE VERTE VASE China Porcelain Rare Form
$585.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE RED LACQUER BOX Qing Dynasty 1800s Ornate Brass Trim
ANTIQUE CHINESE RED LACQUER BOX Qing Dynasty 1800s Ornate Brass Trim
$275.00
Very Pretty Antique Hand Painted  Signed Japanese Kutani Jar
Very Pretty Antique Hand Painted Signed Japanese Kutani Jar
$9.99
VTG JAPAN KUTANI COBALT BLUE PORCELAIN TRINKET BOX 3 FLORAL LID HAND DECORATED
VTG JAPAN KUTANI COBALT BLUE PORCELAIN TRINKET BOX 3 FLORAL LID HAND DECORATED
$21.75
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI PORCELAIN BIRDS  PEONIES BOTTLE FORM VASE
ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD KUTANI PORCELAIN BIRDS PEONIES BOTTLE FORM VASE
$119.99
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED JADE PRAYER DISK Spinning Double Dragon Plaque Qing
$275.00
ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
$75.00
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP  SAUCER HAND PAINTED GEISHAS SCENE
1800s ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI EGGSHELL CUP SAUCER HAND PAINTED GEISHAS SCENE
$39.99
KUTANI CAT MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE ANTIQUE 5 3 8 LONG
KUTANI CAT MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE ANTIQUE 5 3 8 LONG
$100.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Incense Burner Hand Painted Signed
Vintage Japanese Kutani Incense Burner Hand Painted Signed
$150.00
Daruma 39 tsuba Japanese sword fittings samurai netsuke kutani netsuke menuki
Daruma 39 tsuba Japanese sword fittings samurai netsuke kutani netsuke menuki
$19.99
Daruma 50 magazine kashigata Japanese wood carving Japanese cake molds Ainu
Daruma 50 magazine kashigata Japanese wood carving Japanese cake molds Ainu
$19.99
Daruma 45 Satsuma kagura Japanese ceramics Imari netsuke Nabeshima Kutani netsuk
Daruma 45 Satsuma kagura Japanese ceramics Imari netsuke Nabeshima Kutani netsuk
$19.99
Vintage Imperial Kutani Style Vase Jar Blue Gold Trim Bird Floral Asian
Vintage Imperial Kutani Style Vase Jar Blue Gold Trim Bird Floral Asian
$90.00
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
Vintage Kutani Style Toki Blue Golden Cart Plate Cobalt Reticulated Japan
$48.00
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
$73.60
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
JAPANESE Kutani Yaki Ceramic Maneki Neko Fortune Cat Lucky Cat White Nyanko
$98.80
Collectible Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Rice or Soup Bowl Meiji
Collectible Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Rice or Soup Bowl Meiji
$120.00
Fine Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Bowl Scalloped Rimmed Meiji Period
Fine Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Bowl Scalloped Rimmed Meiji Period
$400.00
BD17 Japanese Vintage Kutani Ware Ceramic Figure Doll Takasago Uba Kimono Woman
BD17 Japanese Vintage Kutani Ware Ceramic Figure Doll Takasago Uba Kimono Woman
$112.46
KUTANI YAKI Porcelain Yunomi Ginsaibotan Couple Pair Cup Green Tea Cup JapanNEW
KUTANI YAKI Porcelain Yunomi Ginsaibotan Couple Pair Cup Green Tea Cup JapanNEW
$190.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL WOOD SCHOLARS ROOT STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s Brush Holder
ANTIQUE CHINESE BURL WOOD SCHOLARS ROOT STAND Qing Dynasty 1800s Brush Holder
$600.00
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SALT  PEPPER
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SALT PEPPER
$26.99
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
SHOZAN KUTANI HAND PAINTED SNACK PLATE
$9.99
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE ANDO CLOISONNE VASE Stunning Ando Musen Turquoise
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE ANDO CLOISONNE VASE Stunning Ando Musen Turquoise
$350.00
AS IS HAND PAINTED KUTANI GEISHA SATSUMA STYLE 11 PLATE SIGNED SHIMAMURA AS IS
AS IS HAND PAINTED KUTANI GEISHA SATSUMA STYLE 11 PLATE SIGNED SHIMAMURA AS IS
$31.49
JAPANESE KO KUTANI STYLE SATSUMA VASE 19TH CENTURY
JAPANESE KO KUTANI STYLE SATSUMA VASE 19TH CENTURY
$220.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s Seven Gods
ANTIQUE JAPANESE IMARI COVERED BOWL Porcelain Meiji 1800s Seven Gods
$195.00
Kutani ware tea pot Gold Hanazume Matcha Green Tea Japanese 400ml
Kutani ware tea pot Gold Hanazume Matcha Green Tea Japanese 400ml
$98.00
A SET OF THREE E20C MEIJI JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CUPS  SAUCERS SIGNED
A SET OF THREE E20C MEIJI JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CUPS SAUCERS SIGNED
£23.53
Japanese Side Plate Eggshell Porcelain Kutani Occupied Japan Era
Japanese Side Plate Eggshell Porcelain Kutani Occupied Japan Era
£17.25
Chinese Porcelain Vase
Chinese Porcelain Vase
$100.00
Satsuma Candlestick Holder Japanese Satsuma Mon Yaki Tamahide Gold Marks to Base
Satsuma Candlestick Holder Japanese Satsuma Mon Yaki Tamahide Gold Marks to Base
£22.76
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
A Fine Antique Kutani vase with garlic neck and Buddhistic lion handles
A Fine Antique Kutani vase with garlic neck and Buddhistic lion handles
£56.51
2 Vintage Japanese Cobalt Blue Double Peacocks Ginger Jar Vase Kutani Style
2 Vintage Japanese Cobalt Blue Double Peacocks Ginger Jar Vase Kutani Style
$19.99
1891 1921 Meniji Japan Kutani WHITE signed eggshell Porcelain  Pottery PLATES
1891 1921 Meniji Japan Kutani WHITE signed eggshell Porcelain Pottery PLATES
$44.95
Meji Nippon Tea Set Fuku Marked 1907 purchased
Meji Nippon Tea Set Fuku Marked 1907 purchased
$120.00
AZURE DRAGON ASCENDING Feng Shui Zen Kutani Cup Goblet Made in Japan
AZURE DRAGON ASCENDING Feng Shui Zen Kutani Cup Goblet Made in Japan
£73.78
AZURE DRAGON Feng Shui Zen Kutani Calix Chalice Cup Made in Japan
AZURE DRAGON Feng Shui Zen Kutani Calix Chalice Cup Made in Japan
£73.78

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:

Rare Antique Kutani Shinto Shrine Vase Mid 19th Century Edo Era Gosai
Rare Antique Kutani Shinto Shrine Vase Mid 19th Century Edo Era Gosai
$194.99
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
$14,000.00
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURESATSUMAHANDPAINTED PORCELAINSIGNEDORIGINAL
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGURESATSUMAHANDPAINTED PORCELAINSIGNEDORIGINAL
$18.00
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGUREPORCELAINHANDPAINTED GILDED325SIGNEDORIGINAL
VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI FIGUREPORCELAINHANDPAINTED GILDED325SIGNEDORIGINAL
$18.00
JAPANESE VINTAGE KUTANI FIGURESATSUMAHANDPAINTED PORCELAINSIGNEDORIGINAL
JAPANESE VINTAGE KUTANI FIGURESATSUMAHANDPAINTED PORCELAINSIGNEDORIGINAL
$9.95
ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD FOLDING SCREEN Tosa School 1600 1700s Quail  Millet
ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD FOLDING SCREEN Tosa School 1600 1700s Quail Millet
$1,000.00
EXCEEDINGLY RARE DATED JAPANESE SHIGARAKI TEA JAR Edo 1864 Antique Stoneware
EXCEEDINGLY RARE DATED JAPANESE SHIGARAKI TEA JAR Edo 1864 Antique Stoneware
$15,000.00
Daruma Japanese Art Antiques Magazine 50 kashigata cake mold Kutani Ainu Craft
Daruma Japanese Art Antiques Magazine 50 kashigata cake mold Kutani Ainu Craft
$14.99
ANTIQUE CHINESE YAOZHOU WARE EWER Dark Green Celadon Exquisite Impressed Design
ANTIQUE CHINESE YAOZHOU WARE EWER Dark Green Celadon Exquisite Impressed Design
$1,800.00
STUNNING JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA CHARGER CABINET DISH Museum Quality
STUNNING JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA CHARGER CABINET DISH Museum Quality
$4,700.00
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE JIZAI KAGI Edo Period Solid Keyaki Wood Kettle Hook
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE JIZAI KAGI Edo Period Solid Keyaki Wood Kettle Hook
$2,000.00
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Incense Burner Censor Foo Dog Triple Yin Yang Vent T
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Incense Burner Censor Foo Dog Triple Yin Yang Vent T
$64.99
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA KORO Edo Period Gosu Blue Incense Censer
MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA KORO Edo Period Gosu Blue Incense Censer
$2,200.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SETO CHAWAN Chado Tea Bowl with Yin Yang Mikomi and Swirl Kodai
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SETO CHAWAN Chado Tea Bowl with Yin Yang Mikomi and Swirl Kodai
$465.00
JAPANESE STUDIO POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Shigaraki Art Pottery Tokkuri Vase Signed
JAPANESE STUDIO POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Shigaraki Art Pottery Tokkuri Vase Signed
$350.00
IMPERIAL KUTANI Ginger Jar Vase Vintage Japanese Signed w out lid 4 1 8
IMPERIAL KUTANI Ginger Jar Vase Vintage Japanese Signed w out lid 4 1 8
$8.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Birds Hand Painted Porcelainware Ashtray
Vintage Japanese Kutani Birds Hand Painted Porcelainware Ashtray
$24.00
Vintage Asian signed Kutani Vase Hand painted Gold Trim Peacock cherry blossom
Vintage Asian signed Kutani Vase Hand painted Gold Trim Peacock cherry blossom
$9.95
Fine Antique Signed Meiji Satsuma Swallows Rising Sun Scene Plate Kutani Japan
Fine Antique Signed Meiji Satsuma Swallows Rising Sun Scene Plate Kutani Japan
$49.99
Saucer Kosen Kutani China Made in Japan gold floral  bird design porcelain
Saucer Kosen Kutani China Made in Japan gold floral bird design porcelain
$1.99
4 STUNNING ANTIQUE EDO JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES 1800s Fine Raised Golden Maki e
4 STUNNING ANTIQUE EDO JAPANESE LACQUER DISHES 1800s Fine Raised Golden Maki e
$265.00
ANTIQUE TIBETAN BRONZE BUTTER LAMP Temple Light Stand 1800s Buddhist Tibet
ANTIQUE TIBETAN BRONZE BUTTER LAMP Temple Light Stand 1800s Buddhist Tibet
$300.00
SUPERB TIBETAN CAST IRON BUDDHIST STATUE Exquisite Amitayus Amitabha Bodhisattva
SUPERB TIBETAN CAST IRON BUDDHIST STATUE Exquisite Amitayus Amitabha Bodhisattva
$2,000.00
ANTIQUE JIAQING CHINESE BLUE  WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1796 1820 QING DYNASTY
ANTIQUE JIAQING CHINESE BLUE WHITE PORCELAIN DISH 1796 1820 QING DYNASTY
$275.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Signed Nakao Munesada Edo Meiji
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BRONZE USUBATA IKEBANA VASE Signed Nakao Munesada Edo Meiji
$600.00
ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PORCELAIN DISH Very Fine Quality Hand Decoration
ANTIQUE CHINESE ROSE MEDALLION PORCELAIN DISH Very Fine Quality Hand Decoration
$195.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE  WHITE IMARI COVERED TEAHOUSE BOWL Rare 1800s Porcelain
ANTIQUE JAPANESE BLUE WHITE IMARI COVERED TEAHOUSE BOWL Rare 1800s Porcelain
$185.00
ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE GEISHA GIRL TEA SET TEA POT  6 CUPS  6 SAUCERS
ANTIQUE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE GEISHA GIRL TEA SET TEA POT 6 CUPS 6 SAUCERS
$19.99
G3115 Antique Early 20th Cent Pair of Japanese Kutani Porcelain Stick Vases 10
G3115 Antique Early 20th Cent Pair of Japanese Kutani Porcelain Stick Vases 10
$295.00
G3109 Antique Early 20th Cent Japanese Kutani Porcelain Stick Vase 115 Tall
G3109 Antique Early 20th Cent Japanese Kutani Porcelain Stick Vase 115 Tall
$185.00
Instant Vintage Collection 8 Piece Lot Japanese Porcelain Sake Carafes  Cups
Instant Vintage Collection 8 Piece Lot Japanese Porcelain Sake Carafes Cups
$19.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
$315.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
$450.00
Meiji Japanese Porcelain Rolled Rim Bowl Dish Hand Painted Crouching Cat WoW
Meiji Japanese Porcelain Rolled Rim Bowl Dish Hand Painted Crouching Cat WoW
$245.00
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
$270.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
$315.00
Kutani Shoza Iron oxide tea set with Geisha in traditional garb primary colors
Kutani Shoza Iron oxide tea set with Geisha in traditional garb primary colors
$49.99
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED WOOD KUAN YIN STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Temple Figure
ANTIQUE CHINESE CARVED WOOD KUAN YIN STATUE Qing Dynasty 1800s Temple Figure
$120.00
MASSIVE CHINESE SWATOW BASIN Zhangzhou Rare Large 16 Antique Dragon Bowl China
MASSIVE CHINESE SWATOW BASIN Zhangzhou Rare Large 16 Antique Dragon Bowl China
$1,200.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE INCENSE KORO WITH HOMESPUN SHIFUKU Red Temple Censer Hibachi
ANTIQUE JAPANESE INCENSE KORO WITH HOMESPUN SHIFUKU Red Temple Censer Hibachi
$135.00

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