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.

Antique Signed Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Beckoning Porcelian Lucky Cat
Antique Signed Kutani Imari Maneki Neko Beckoning Porcelian Lucky Cat
$169.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat Mid Century Large Imari Kutani Porcelain 9  tall
Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat Mid Century Large Imari Kutani Porcelain 9 tall
$174.99
Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat EXCELLENT 3 1 2 INCHES LONG
Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat EXCELLENT 3 1 2 INCHES LONG
$59.99
Vintage Kutani Ceramic Sleeping Cats Made in Japan Great detail Very Nice
Vintage Kutani Ceramic Sleeping Cats Made in Japan Great detail Very Nice
$499.99
Kutani ware Japanese Lucky Cat Porcelain Maneki Neko New
Kutani ware Japanese Lucky Cat Porcelain Maneki Neko New
$145.00
Vintage Japan Kutani Moriage Sitting Siamese Cat Figurine Slip Decorated
Vintage Japan Kutani Moriage Sitting Siamese Cat Figurine Slip Decorated
$9.99 (1 Bid)
JAPANESE SITTING CAT PORCELAIN STATUE FROM IMARI KUTANI NEMURI NEKO
JAPANESE SITTING CAT PORCELAIN STATUE FROM IMARI KUTANI NEMURI NEKO
$60.00
kutani cat cloisonne gold gilted mint condition
kutani cat cloisonne gold gilted mint condition
$19.99
10 Antique Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko
10 Antique Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko
$199.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat Lucky Cat
Antique Japanese Kutani Maneki Neko Beckoning Cat Lucky Cat
$99.00
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
$300.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
$325.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
$250.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
$250.00
Miniature Kutani Sleeping Cat Hand Painted Gold Red Accent Signed
Miniature Kutani Sleeping Cat Hand Painted Gold Red Accent Signed
$125.00
Sleeping Cat Large Japanese Mid Century Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko
Sleeping Cat Large Japanese Mid Century Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko
$39.99
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
$100.00
Royal Copenhagen REALISTIC porcelain 6 Sleeping Cat Figurine 422 kutani style
Royal Copenhagen REALISTIC porcelain 6 Sleeping Cat Figurine 422 kutani style
$49.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Moriage Sleeping Cat
Vintage Japanese Kutani Moriage Sleeping Cat
$2.25 (3 Bids)
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
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
$266.34
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
$147.00
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 Sleeping Cat Porcelain Hand Painted Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko c1950
Japanese Sleeping Cat Porcelain Hand Painted Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko c1950
$49.50
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H10cm
$147.00
Old Miniature 2 Hard to Find Kutani Japanese Gold  Black on White Sleeping Cat
Old Miniature 2 Hard to Find Kutani Japanese Gold Black on White Sleeping Cat
$450.00
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
$275.00
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
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko gold bow head H85cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko gold bow head H85cm
$83.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow kimori H95cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow kimori H95cm
$83.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko oval gold coingavel H18cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko oval gold coingavel H18cm
$178.00
Kutani Good Friend Beckoning cat Maneki neko 55 Japan
Kutani Good Friend Beckoning cat Maneki neko 55 Japan
$207.89
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko han mori H75cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko han mori H75cm
$43.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko ryote red mori H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko ryote red mori H115cm
$110.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike ryote H18cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike ryote H18cm
$104.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kinbuti ryote H18cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kinbuti ryote H18cm
$110.00

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

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