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.

BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA BOWL Large Signed Koshida Piece Early 1900s
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA BOWL Large Signed Koshida Piece Early 1900s
$225.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER COVERED BOWL Superb Golden Maki e Signed
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE LACQUER COVERED BOWL Superb Golden Maki e Signed
$220.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MINO WARE CHAWAN Hokusai Tea Bowl Chado Chanoyu Matcha
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE MINO WARE CHAWAN Hokusai Tea Bowl Chado Chanoyu Matcha
$450.00
Vintage Japanese porcelain small vase with beautiful flowers signed Kutani
Vintage Japanese porcelain small vase with beautiful flowers signed Kutani
$78.99
Vintage Kutani Japanese Hand Painted 24K Gold and Platinum Dragon Plate
Vintage Kutani Japanese Hand Painted 24K Gold and Platinum Dragon Plate
$21.99
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDO MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE LACQUER DISH Maki e Urushi Japan
$95.00
SUPERB CHINESE BRONZE QILIN CENSER Finely Cast Incense Burner with Hinged Head
SUPERB CHINESE BRONZE QILIN CENSER Finely Cast Incense Burner with Hinged Head
$1,200.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD SATSUMA VASE Stunning Raised Gilding
$2,200.00
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SCROLL PAINTING 16 Arhats Buddhist Rakan
$700.00
Geisha Ware Porcelain Bowl Satsuma Kutani 1850 1899
Geisha Ware Porcelain Bowl Satsuma Kutani 1850 1899
$5.99
Vtg Japanese KUTANI Hand Painted VASE Porcelain Signed Original Japan
Vtg Japanese KUTANI Hand Painted VASE Porcelain Signed Original Japan
$42.99
LOVELY VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN GEISHA WOMAN  DOG FIGURINE SCULPTURE
LOVELY VINTAGE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN GEISHA WOMAN DOG FIGURINE SCULPTURE
$99.99
SATSUMA MORIAGE MINATURE ROUND COVERED BOX ON 3 LEGS SIGNED
SATSUMA MORIAGE MINATURE ROUND COVERED BOX ON 3 LEGS SIGNED
$75.00
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Temple Jar Vase Vessel Kiln Signed New Old Stock T
Mid Century Japanese Kutani Temple Jar Vase Vessel Kiln Signed New Old Stock T
$99.99
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
$149.99
A886 Japanese OLD KUTANI colored porcelain ware bowl with good painting
A886 Japanese OLD KUTANI colored porcelain ware bowl with good painting
$24.99
Sleeping Cat Large Japan Mid Century Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Artist Signed
Sleeping Cat Large Japan Mid Century Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Artist Signed
$134.99
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
ORNATE CUP HAND PAINTED NIPPON AS IS
ORNATE CUP HAND PAINTED NIPPON AS IS
$7.50
Huge Kutani Moriage Japanese Porcelain Kwan Kuan Guan Yin Statue Figure 16 1 2
Huge Kutani Moriage Japanese Porcelain Kwan Kuan Guan Yin Statue Figure 16 1 2
$500.00
Kutani Signed Japanese Tea Cups Set of Two
Kutani Signed Japanese Tea Cups Set of Two
$8.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BIZEN VASE Exquisite Patina Japan Pottery
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD BIZEN VASE Exquisite Patina Japan Pottery
$16,000.00
KUTANI1000 flowersgreen24k goldcandlestick Japan price reduction to 25
KUTANI1000 flowersgreen24k goldcandlestick Japan price reduction to 25
$20.00
19th C Japan KUTANI 5 Character Mark ORNATE SMALL TRAY Red  Pearl Design
19th C Japan KUTANI 5 Character Mark ORNATE SMALL TRAY Red Pearl Design
$299.99
C1890 Signed KUTANI WINE CUP With 5 Floral Medallions
C1890 Signed KUTANI WINE CUP With 5 Floral Medallions
$99.99
NICELY CRAFTED ANTIQUE METAL STATUE KUTANI GOD OF WISDOM ON DEER 9 1 2 x 8
NICELY CRAFTED ANTIQUE METAL STATUE KUTANI GOD OF WISDOM ON DEER 9 1 2 x 8
$149.95
KUTANI KAGA NO KUNI SHALLOW BOWL
KUTANI KAGA NO KUNI SHALLOW BOWL
$79.95
ANTIQUE KUTANI SHALLOW BOWL
ANTIQUE KUTANI SHALLOW BOWL
$79.95
KUTANI PLATE WITH FLORAL MOTIF
KUTANI PLATE WITH FLORAL MOTIF
$19.95
Vintage KUTANI Japanese Porcelain Teapot with Matching Cups Hand Painted
Vintage KUTANI Japanese Porcelain Teapot with Matching Cups Hand Painted
$4.50
Exceptional Antique Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Satsuma Plate by Kinzan
Exceptional Antique Japanese Meiji Period Kutani Satsuma Plate by Kinzan
$6,155.00
ANTIQUE 19C JAPANESE KUTANI HANDLED AMFORA SHAPE VASE VILLAGE SCENE10H
ANTIQUE 19C JAPANESE KUTANI HANDLED AMFORA SHAPE VASE VILLAGE SCENE10H
$435.00
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN BOWL GOLD TONE SCENIC DESIGN
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN BOWL GOLD TONE SCENIC DESIGN
£21.09
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
Japanese Plate Kutani Eggshell Porcelain Hand Painted Gilt Base Marks
£1.55
REDUCED Pair Japanese Kutani Chargers Musicians MEIJI c1870 SALE 25 OFF
REDUCED Pair Japanese Kutani Chargers Musicians MEIJI c1870 SALE 25 OFF
$900.00
KUTANI Japanese Polychrome Shishi Dragon Censer KORO Incense Burner Statue
KUTANI Japanese Polychrome Shishi Dragon Censer KORO Incense Burner Statue
$880.00
Japanese Kutani Signed Bowl Red And White Porcelain
Japanese Kutani Signed Bowl Red And White Porcelain
£23.45
Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Egg Shell Porcelain Cups and Saucers
Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Egg Shell Porcelain Cups and Saucers
£62.50
Kutani Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain Demitasse Cups  Saucers Thousand Faces
Kutani Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain Demitasse Cups Saucers Thousand Faces
£54.68
BD11 JAPANESE VINTAGE KUTANI WARE CERAMIC KOMAINU SHI SHI FOO DOG STATUE SWORD
BD11 JAPANESE VINTAGE KUTANI WARE CERAMIC KOMAINU SHI SHI FOO DOG STATUE SWORD
$134.96

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 AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY FINE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD ORIBE VASE Tea Ceremony Hanaire
$9,500.00
Royal Tapestry Pattern Cup and Saucer Tea Set by George Briard  CG
Royal Tapestry Pattern Cup and Saucer Tea Set by George Briard CG
$150.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Kano Masunobu 1600s
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE EDO PERIOD SUMI SCROLL PAINTING Kano Masunobu 1600s
$1,800.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE HANGING BASKET For Tea Ceremony Tokonoma Flower Arrangement
ANTIQUE JAPANESE HANGING BASKET For Tea Ceremony Tokonoma Flower Arrangement
$200.00
JAPANESE STUDIO POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Shigaraki Art Pottery Tokkuri Vase Signed
JAPANESE STUDIO POTTERY SAKE BOTTLE Shigaraki Art Pottery Tokkuri Vase Signed
$350.00
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED TRAY Mid Century Japan Signed Fish Platter
MAGNIFICENT JAPANESE HAND LACQUERED TRAY Mid Century Japan Signed Fish Platter
$425.00
Japanese Kutani Satsuma Art Plate Bowl Vase Cup Hand Painted Antique Vintage
Japanese Kutani Satsuma Art Plate Bowl Vase Cup Hand Painted Antique Vintage
$35.34
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted Tea Jar Recipient Antique Vintage Satsuma
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted Tea Jar Recipient Antique Vintage Satsuma
$35.34
Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Decorative Art Plate Satsuma Imari Porcelain Asian
Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Decorative Art Plate Satsuma Imari Porcelain Asian
$14.95
Fine Signed Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Milk Creamer Satsuma Antique Vintage
Fine Signed Japanese Kutani Hand Painted Milk Creamer Satsuma Antique Vintage
$55.00
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE GOSU AKAE BOWL Porcelain Kashiki Tea Ceremony Cake Bowl
SUPERB ANTIQUE JAPANESE GOSU AKAE BOWL Porcelain Kashiki Tea Ceremony Cake Bowl
$395.00
AA Vantines Kaga Kutani Salmon glaze and golden butterfly cup and saucer set EC
AA Vantines Kaga Kutani Salmon glaze and golden butterfly cup and saucer set EC
$29.99
Antique Japanese Porcelain Bowl KUTANI SIGNED
Antique Japanese Porcelain Bowl KUTANI SIGNED
$36.00
19 th Kutani Bowl  Edo Period with character Mark  ASIA Japon Japan Japanese
19 th Kutani Bowl Edo Period with character Mark ASIA Japon Japan Japanese
$50.88
 Antique Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese KUTANI Teapot SIGNED
Antique Meiji 1868 1912 Japanese KUTANI Teapot SIGNED
$112.33
Vintage Vases Authentic Handpainted BY Kutani
Vintage Vases Authentic Handpainted BY Kutani
$35.00
Antique Meiji FINE Japanese KUTANI Set of 6 Side Plates Hand Painted Signed
Antique Meiji FINE Japanese KUTANI Set of 6 Side Plates Hand Painted Signed
$116.55
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SENCHA TEAPOT Vibrant Red and Green Stoneware Yokode Kyusu
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SENCHA TEAPOT Vibrant Red and Green Stoneware Yokode Kyusu
$225.00
+ SUPERB 1842 1870 ZOSHUNTEI SANPO Kutani Pair 85 Plates Japanese Edo Meiji
+ SUPERB 1842 1870 ZOSHUNTEI SANPO Kutani Pair 85 Plates Japanese Edo Meiji
$156.66
7 3 4 Kutani Japanese Deep Dish or Shallow Bowl imported and designed for SAKS
7 3 4 Kutani Japanese Deep Dish or Shallow Bowl imported and designed for SAKS
$25.00
Antique KUTANI Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain Sugar PotKutani Japan
Antique KUTANI Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain Sugar PotKutani Japan
$29.99
Antique KUTANI Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain CreamerKutani Japan
Antique KUTANI Hand Painted Eggshell Porcelain CreamerKutani Japan
$18.99
LJ JAPAN VASE HP ART MAN LEAVES BIRD GOLD GILT ORIENTAL ASIAN RARE L J
LJ JAPAN VASE HP ART MAN LEAVES BIRD GOLD GILT ORIENTAL ASIAN RARE L J
$14.50
Japanese Nunohan Ryokan Seizan Kiln Kutani sake cup
Japanese Nunohan Ryokan Seizan Kiln Kutani sake cup
$15.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted Birds Vase Unusual
Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Hand Painted Birds Vase Unusual
£13.29
Kutani Koro Of The Takarabine Japanese c1900 Meiji Period
Kutani Koro Of The Takarabine Japanese c1900 Meiji Period
£1.55
Amazing Vintage Kutani Porcelain Happy Buddha
Amazing Vintage Kutani Porcelain Happy Buddha
$49.00
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE HAND PAINTED PLATE 8 1 2 DIA X 1 HIGH
BEAUTIFUL OLD VINTAGE KUTANI JAPANESE HAND PAINTED PLATE 8 1 2 DIA X 1 HIGH
$79.99
Vintage Signed Japanese Kutani Satsuma Moriage Enamel Foo Dog Figurine
Vintage Signed Japanese Kutani Satsuma Moriage Enamel Foo Dog Figurine
$54.95
Set of 2 Vintage Kutani Chinese Vases
Set of 2 Vintage Kutani Chinese Vases
$29.99
Antique porcelain Japanese Asahi Kutani Peacocks Black Straight Vase
Antique porcelain Japanese Asahi Kutani Peacocks Black Straight Vase
$29.99
Antique porcelain Japanese Bijutsu Toki Kutani Peacocks Black Ginger Vase
Antique porcelain Japanese Bijutsu Toki Kutani Peacocks Black Ginger Vase
$29.99
JAPANESE KUTANI JUG  BOWL CRANES TREE FUJI 4 CHARACTER MARK GILDED LOVELY
JAPANESE KUTANI JUG BOWL CRANES TREE FUJI 4 CHARACTER MARK GILDED LOVELY
£7.80
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
$800.00
WEDGWOOD KUTANI CRANE ROUND GOLD TRIM BOWL BRAND NEW IN BOX ESTATE SALE
WEDGWOOD KUTANI CRANE ROUND GOLD TRIM BOWL BRAND NEW IN BOX ESTATE SALE
$150.00
Kutani Satsuma Antique Japanese Fine Porcelain Bowl w Moriage Detail Work
Kutani Satsuma Antique Japanese Fine Porcelain Bowl w Moriage Detail Work
$7.50
Vintage Signed Japanese Kutani Porcelain Pitcher
Vintage Signed Japanese Kutani Porcelain Pitcher
$19.00
c1960 Vintage Porcelain Ming Garden Vase by Otagiri
c1960 Vintage Porcelain Ming Garden Vase by Otagiri
$25.00
FINE OLD ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL signed
FINE OLD ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL signed
$99.95
Signed Vintage Japanese Kutani Plate
Signed Vintage Japanese Kutani Plate
$60.00

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