Kutani Cat

Animals play a big role in many different types of asian antiques. Kutani, a style of Japanese porcelain is famed for it's intricate detailed images, all painted by hand before and during the Meiji period. Many of the images on these items feature creatures such as birds and animals. The pieces are often adorned with gold trim or raised enamel, making them all the more beautiful.

Kutani Yaki Ware No 5 Mike Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware No 5 Mike Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$69.00
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 335 Maneki Neko Curtsy Cat
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 335 Maneki Neko Curtsy Cat
$64.50
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 45 Maneki Neko with Sea Bream
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 45 Maneki Neko with Sea Bream
$64.50
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 45 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 45 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
$65.95
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 61 Maneki Neko on Sea Bream Mori Blue Hand
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 61 Maneki Neko on Sea Bream Mori Blue Hand
$86.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain Pair Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain Pair Maneki Neko
$127.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 67 Fukusuke Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 67 Fukusuke Maneki Neko
$123.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 65 Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 65 Mori Maneki Neko
$99.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Mori Maneki Neko
$69.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Akamori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Akamori Maneki Neko
$116.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 46 Leopard Design Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 46 Leopard Design Maneki Neko
$44.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Both hands Akamori
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Both hands Akamori
$89.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Akamori Prayer Cat
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Akamori Prayer Cat
$84.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 394 Akamori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 394 Akamori Maneki Neko
$49.75
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 37 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 37 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
$67.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 37 Pink Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 37 Pink Mori Maneki Neko
$72.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain 53 Brown Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain 53 Brown Mori Maneki Neko
$61.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain 53 White Kogiku Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain 53 White Kogiku Maneki Neko
$61.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 106 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 106 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
$255.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 118 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Red Color Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 118 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Red Color Mori Maneki Neko
$365.00
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Mi ke
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Mi ke
$199.99
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Kuromori
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Kuromori
$255.00
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Pair Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Pair Maneki Neko
$255.00
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 106 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Red Color Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 106 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Red Color Mori Maneki Neko
$255.00
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Mike Neko Prayer Cat
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Mike Neko Prayer Cat
$56.50
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 118 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 118 Yellow Mori Maneki Neko
$365.00
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 61 Maneki Neko on Sea Bream Yellow Mori
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 61 Maneki Neko on Sea Bream Yellow Mori
$87.50
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 47 Gold Calico Cat Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 47 Gold Calico Cat Maneki Neko
$66.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Kuromori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Kuromori Maneki Neko
$76.50
Antique Japanese Kutani Floral Painted Moriage Nemuri Neko Cat This is a big one
Antique Japanese Kutani Floral Painted Moriage Nemuri Neko Cat This is a big one
$249.99
Japanese KUTANI Moriage Maneki Neko Cat Statue Okimono FENG SHUI Lucky God
Japanese KUTANI Moriage Maneki Neko Cat Statue Okimono FENG SHUI Lucky God
$169.00
JAPANESE SATSUMA KUTANI ENAMEL SIGNED AND HAND PAINTED VASE
JAPANESE SATSUMA KUTANI ENAMEL SIGNED AND HAND PAINTED VASE
$29.97
Vintage Kutani Red Peony 105 Plate Japan
Vintage Kutani Red Peony 105 Plate Japan
$37.97
Vintage White Porcelain Japanese Kutani Imari Gold Gilded Sleeping Cat
Vintage White Porcelain Japanese Kutani Imari Gold Gilded Sleeping Cat
$100.00
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT
$187.60
Kutani Yaki Ware No 5 Yellow Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware No 5 Yellow Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$85.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 25 Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Mori Porcelain
Kutani Yaki Ware 25 Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Mori Porcelain
$75.00
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
$149.99
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
Christmas Kitty Kutani sleeping Cat gold spots bells tied with a red ribbon
Christmas Kitty Kutani sleeping Cat gold spots bells tied with a red ribbon
$60.00

The Japanese were also interested in replicating the animals in porcelain and pottery and therefore the Kutani Cat was born. The cats are small, sparsely decorated but feature all of the hallmarks you would expect from this kind of porcelain. They are highly collectable and sets of 2 or more felines, as with the Kutani Vases, often sell for a good price. It is also said that a black Kutani cat is the most rare.

The artistic designs were purely Japanese bits of nature-painting, tiny landscapes, birds on plum branches, and other simple but striking subjects of this kind. The contrast to the Imari ware, with its bold masses of blossoms and colours, is as great as it is with modern Kutani. The latter often has peacocks, groups of brilliant peonies and chrysanthemums, brightly dressed women and wonderful old men, cocks upon barrels, and other well-known subjects. The only figures on old Kutani are children playing.

Source: http://www.oldandsold.com/articles07/oc-50.shtml

Recent items sold through this site:

Rare Antique Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Butterfly Theme
Rare Antique Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Butterfly Theme
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Andrea by Sadek Purple and White Kutani Style Sleeping Cat Figurine Vintage Thai
Andrea by Sadek Purple and White Kutani Style Sleeping Cat Figurine Vintage Thai
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Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Art Nouveau 3 Kitten Cat Ornament Hanging
Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Art Nouveau 3 Kitten Cat Ornament Hanging
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1940s Hand Painted Kutani Sleeping Cat Japan Signed Orange Bow Gold Gilding
1940s Hand Painted Kutani Sleeping Cat Japan Signed Orange Bow Gold Gilding
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2 ESTATE JAPANESE KUTANI IMARI BLACK  GOLD CAT FIGURINES 4 3 4
2 ESTATE JAPANESE KUTANI IMARI BLACK GOLD CAT FIGURINES 4 3 4
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko polka dotted H8cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko polka dotted H8cm
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Old Porcelain Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani Leaves  Butterflies Design
Old Porcelain Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani Leaves Butterflies Design
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Panda
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Panda
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Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
$450.00
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Tiger cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Tiger cats Kutani ceramic
$79.33
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Surfer cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Surfer cats Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Strawberry cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Strawberry cats Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Panda cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Panda cats Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Halloween cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Halloween cats Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Gold Calico cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Gold Calico cats Kutani ceramic
$79.33
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Yellow Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Yellow Kutani ceramic
$62.60
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Red Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Red Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Meron Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Meron Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Brown Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Brown Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Black Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky cats Black Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Carnival cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Carnival cats Kutani ceramic
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Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Blue eye cats Kutani ceramic
Japanese pair Maneki Neko Lucky Blue eye cats Kutani ceramic
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Antique Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat
Antique Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat
$149.99
Mid Century Kutani Imari Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Very Fine Details
Mid Century Kutani Imari Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Very Fine Details
$44.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
$315.00
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
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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
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
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Kuromori
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Kuromori
$32.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko calico cat hold fish H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko calico cat hold fish H115cm
$77.19
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Shiromori left hand Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Shiromori left hand Maneki Neko
$32.99
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Mori
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Mori
$32.99
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA CENSER
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA CENSER
$149.00
WONDERFUL ANTIQUE 19THC C 1900 JAPANESE PORCELAIN MEIJI KUTANI CAT GEISHA
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ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
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Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Santa Claus Right Hand Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Santa Claus Right Hand Maneki Neko
$85.50
Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Shiromori
Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Shiromori
$38.99
Japanese KUTANI HACHIBowl SOMETUKE SAZANKASasanqua187
Japanese KUTANI HACHIBowl SOMETUKE SAZANKASasanqua187
$77.98
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Japanese KUTANI Pair Coffee UME NO ZUFigure of the plum186
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Japanese KUTANI MORIZARAdish IROE SANKAMON185
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