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.

Japan Ginger Jar Cobalt blueout of production Kutani reproduction
Japan Ginger Jar Cobalt blueout of production Kutani reproduction
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Beautiful White  Gold Japanese Kutani Cat Figurine
Beautiful White Gold Japanese Kutani Cat Figurine
$98.00
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
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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
20th Century Satsuma Cat Kutani Artist Signed Earthenware Japanese Imari
20th Century Satsuma Cat Kutani Artist Signed Earthenware Japanese Imari
$125.00
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
$125.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
$45.00
Japan Porcelain Kutani Cat Hand Painted Pair Large  Small
Japan Porcelain Kutani Cat Hand Painted Pair Large Small
$24.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Kenaga mike calico m3 H118cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Kenaga mike calico m3 H118cm
$79.00
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
Kutani sleeping white Cat with gold spots and bells tied with a red ribbon
Kutani sleeping white Cat with gold spots and bells tied with a red ribbon
$88.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko white kiku mori right H135cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko white kiku mori right H135cm
$77.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Ware Maneki Neko Festival Matsuri beckoning cats Japan
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Ware Maneki Neko Festival Matsuri beckoning cats Japan
$49.99
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
$59.99
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Pottery Maneki Neko Welcome Lucky CAT PINK cute
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Pottery Maneki Neko Welcome Lucky CAT PINK cute
$118.00
Beautiful Rare Style Kutani Porcelain Pottery Maneki Neko Welcome Lucky CAT new
Beautiful Rare Style Kutani Porcelain Pottery Maneki Neko Welcome Lucky CAT new
$235.00
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
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Vintage Pair of Very Large Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cats
Vintage Pair of Very Large Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cats
$899.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H75cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H75cm
$98.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H10cm
$147.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
$115.00
Vtg Nippon Moriage Porcelain Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Gold Gilt
Vtg Nippon Moriage Porcelain Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Gold Gilt
$29.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
$147.00
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
$225.00
Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat
Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat
$14.99
Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Kitty Cat Gold Red Ribbon Bells
Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Kitty Cat Gold Red Ribbon Bells
$59.99
early 13 1 4 japanese kutani cat
early 13 1 4 japanese kutani cat
$165.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori from Japan
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori from Japan
$190.00
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
$8.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow kimori H95cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow kimori H95cm
$83.00
Japan Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
Japan Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko gold bow head H85cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko gold bow head H85cm
$83.00
Algeria Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
Algeria Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97
Cameroon Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Authentic Made in Japan
Cameroon Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97
Cote dIvoire Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Authentic Made in Japan
Cote dIvoire Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97
GhanaKutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
GhanaKutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97
Nigeria Kutani Football Maneki Neko Japanese Lucky Cat for 2014
Nigeria Kutani Football Maneki Neko Japanese Lucky Cat for 2014
$68.97
Australia Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Made in Japan
Australia Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Made in Japan
$68.97
Iran Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
Iran Kutani Football Maneki Neko Lucky Cat for 2014 Authentic Made in Japan
$68.97

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

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WONDERFUL GILD ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 19THC KUTANI HIGH QUALITY QUANYIN GEISHA
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Japanese Kutani Miniature signed porcelain vase red rose pattern
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Vintage Sleeping Cat Japanese Mid Century Porcelain Miniature Gold Black Red
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Japanese Moriage Kutani Gold Gilt Sleeping Cat Signed
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Japanese Mid Century Kutani Imari Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Hand Painted
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Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
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Large handpainted blue gold comfy drowsy kitty cat figure kutani satsuma style
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Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Both hands Akamori
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Vintage Made in Japan KUTANI SLEEPING CAT FIGURINE 7 1 4 Porcelain
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori5
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori5
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Japanese Kutani Celadon Porcelain Maneki Nemuri Neko Cat Cats Beckoning Sleeping
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko polka dotted H8cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Panda
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Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Art Nouveau 3 Kitten Cat Ornament Hanging
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Made in Japan Lucky Cat 106 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Red Color Mori Maneki Neko
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Pair of Kutani Kilns Japanese Pottery Cats w impressed Mark
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10 Antique Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko
10 Antique Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko
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VINTAGE KUTANI CAT PORCELAIN
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ANTIQUE VINTAGE LUCKY KUTANI PORCELAIN SLEEPING CAT MADE IN JAPAN SET OF TWO
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Chinese Sleeping Cat Figurine Asian sleeping cat asian candle holder Satsuma
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Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Shiromori left hand Maneki Neko
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Vintage Porcelain Japan Geisha Incense W Kutani Cat Not Sleeping Japanese RARE
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Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Mori
Made in Japan Kutani Yaki Porcelain 264 Maneki Neko Mori
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Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat
Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat
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Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
$115.00
Vintage Pair of Very Large Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cats
Vintage Pair of Very Large Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cats
$899.00
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
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Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Shiromori
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Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Yellow Mori
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