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.

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 yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori5
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai mori5
$149.44
Pretty Wedgwood Kutani Crane Bone China England Pin Trinket jewelry dish EUC
Pretty Wedgwood Kutani Crane Bone China England Pin Trinket jewelry dish EUC
$17.99
KUTANI CHINA HAND PAINTED VINTAGE PORCELAIN SUGAR BOWL  CREAMER
KUTANI CHINA HAND PAINTED VINTAGE PORCELAIN SUGAR BOWL CREAMER
$14.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Banzai yellow H 105cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Banzai yellow H 105cm
$73.15
Vintage Kutani Ceramic Sleeping Cat Made in Japan Great detail Very Nice
Vintage Kutani Ceramic Sleeping Cat Made in Japan Great detail Very Nice
$64.97
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko SD Pink Purple mori H10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko SD Pink Purple mori H10cm
$94.72
Sleeping Japanese Cat Nemuri Neko Statue Kutani Moriage Artist Signed Maneki 10
Sleeping Japanese Cat Nemuri Neko Statue Kutani Moriage Artist Signed Maneki 10
$716.00
Japanese KUTANI Moriage Maneki Neko Cat Statue Okimono FENG SHUI Lucky God
Japanese KUTANI Moriage Maneki Neko Cat Statue Okimono FENG SHUI Lucky God
$390.00
Vintage Imari Kutani Porcelain Sleeping Cat Gold Accent HAND PAINTED
Vintage Imari Kutani Porcelain Sleeping Cat Gold Accent HAND PAINTED
$49.99
ANTIQUE KUTANI MINIATURE CAT FINE DETAILS RED BOW ONLY 2 INCHES LONG
ANTIQUE KUTANI MINIATURE CAT FINE DETAILS RED BOW ONLY 2 INCHES LONG
$249.99
Vintage Japan Kutani Ceramic Cat Thousand Flowers Wildwood Imports
Vintage Japan Kutani Ceramic Cat Thousand Flowers Wildwood Imports
$19.99
Antique Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Fine Artist Hand Painted Early 20thC
Antique Kutani Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Fine Artist Hand Painted Early 20thC
$74.99
Vintage Japanese MINIATURE CAT FIGURINE ceramic Japan 40s 50s neko kutani imari
Vintage Japanese MINIATURE CAT FIGURINE ceramic Japan 40s 50s neko kutani imari
$9.95
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CAT FIGURINE BLACK
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CAT FIGURINE BLACK
$50.00
Vintage Japanese Sleeping Cat Gold Gilt Kutani Blue Ceramic 5Hx1025Wx7in
Vintage Japanese Sleeping Cat Gold Gilt Kutani Blue Ceramic 5Hx1025Wx7in
$175.00
UNUSUAL LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI LIFE SIZE SLEEPING CAT
UNUSUAL LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI LIFE SIZE SLEEPING CAT
$74.99
Vintage Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Sleeping Cat
Vintage Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Sleeping Cat
$44.99
Japanese Mid Century Kutani Imari Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Hand Painted
Japanese Mid Century Kutani Imari Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Hand Painted
$200.00
JAPANESE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT FIGURINE w PHEASANTS and FLOWERS SIGNED COLLECTIBLE
JAPANESE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT FIGURINE w PHEASANTS and FLOWERS SIGNED COLLECTIBLE
$145.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko yellowo m pair H 6cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko yellowo m pair H 6cm
$73.15
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mori H 97cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mori H 97cm
$73.15
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Kuromori
Made in Japan Lucky Cat 10 Kutani Yaki Porcelain Maneki Neko Kuromori
$265.05
Kutani Yaki Ware 8 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat with Kozuchi Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 8 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat with Kozuchi Pottery Figurine
$275.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 9 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Black Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 9 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Black Pottery Figurine
$265.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 8 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 8 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Pottery Figurine
$255.00
BEAUTIFUL Vintage LARGE HAND PAINTED Black Kutani Cat Figurine Japan Satsuma
BEAUTIFUL Vintage LARGE HAND PAINTED Black Kutani Cat Figurine Japan Satsuma
$99.99
ANTIQUE JAPANESE WONDERFUL MEIJI 19THC GILDED KUTANI HIGH QUALITY VERY RARE DOG
ANTIQUE JAPANESE WONDERFUL MEIJI 19THC GILDED KUTANI HIGH QUALITY VERY RARE DOG
$998.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 35 gou Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 35 gou Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Pottery Figurine
$109.99
Kutani Yaki Ware 33 gou Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 33 gou Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Pottery Figurine
$109.99
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 Mike Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Pink Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 Mike Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Pink Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$75.00
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
$202.73
Kutani Yaki Ware 4 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 4 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$75.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 2 Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat White Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 2 Pair Maneki Neko Lucky Cat White Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$69.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 28 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine polka dot
Kutani Yaki Ware 28 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Porcelain Pottery Figurine polka dot
$58.00
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Yellow Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Yellow Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$65.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Shira mori Chrysanthemum H 10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Shira mori Chrysanthemum H 10cm
$95.95
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Yellow Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 3 gou Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Yellow Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$55.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain yellow ryote H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain yellow ryote H 115cm
$88.35
Kutani Yaki Ware 33 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 33 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Red Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$55.00

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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Amazing rare Kutani Yaki Japanese Porcelain Beckoning Cat Maneki neko s638
Amazing rare Kutani Yaki Japanese Porcelain Beckoning Cat Maneki neko s638
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Fukusuke sakari
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Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
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BEAUTIFUL 7 Kutani sleeping cat gold white NEKO Japan
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BEAUTIFUL 10 1 4 Kutani sleeping cat BLUE w lots of moriage NEKO Japan
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BEAUTIFUL 7 1 4 IMARI artist signed Shuho sleeping cat Neko Japan not kutani
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UNUSUAL OLD 8 3 4 Kutani sleeping cat BLACK NEKO Japan RARE
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Kutani 91 by Kikusen Porcelain Tiger Lion Big Cat Statue Figurine Figure Japan
Kutani 91 by Kikusen Porcelain Tiger Lion Big Cat Statue Figurine Figure Japan
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Nakayoshi purple
$123.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko nigo siro sakari pair
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko nigo siro sakari pair
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Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Polka Dot Ribbon
Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Polka Dot Ribbon
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Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Akamori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Akamori Maneki Neko
$128.99
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 335 Maneki Neko Curtsy Cat
Made in Japan Kutani Porcelain 335 Maneki Neko Curtsy Cat
$74.99
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
$80.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Ryote mike H 118cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Ryote mike H 118cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Inori mike H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Inori mike H 115cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Black sakari H 10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Black sakari H 10cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Mike yokone H 85cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mike H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mike H 115cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow mori H 10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow mori H 10cm
$77.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Aomori blue H75cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Aomori blue H75cm
$57.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 12cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 12cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko black mori nigohan
$59.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 115cm
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SOTHEBYS Japanese Works of Art Prints and Paintings Arita
SOTHEBYS Japanese Works of Art Prints and Paintings Arita
$12.95
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke ojigi H135cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke ojigi H135cm
$183.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko koban kin mike H255cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko koban kin mike H255cm
$269.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mikeneko H275cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mikeneko H275cm
$290.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fu han aokutani H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fu han aokutani H115cm
$147.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kozuchi mori H265cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kozuchi mori H265cm
$366.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori hai H30cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori hai H30cm
$488.00
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow mori hai H30cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori kawa H14cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fu red mori H95cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fu red mori H95cm
$122.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow fuku mori H27cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow fuku mori H27cm
$342.00
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko black mori H195cm
$244.00
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko black sakari nanago
$290.00
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko koban yellow mori H22cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke yokoso H245cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke yokoso H245cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fu yellow mori H15cm
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