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.

Vintage Imari Kutani Porcelain Sleeping Cat Gold Accent HAND PAINTED
Vintage Imari Kutani Porcelain Sleeping Cat Gold Accent HAND PAINTED
$49.99
WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
$4,250.00
Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Red Mori
Made in Japan Sleeping Cat Kutani Porcelain 31 Nemuri Neko Red Mori
$33.07
Kutani Ware Maneki Neko 394 OdorinekoDancing Cat
Kutani Ware Maneki Neko 394 OdorinekoDancing Cat
$35.42
Vintage Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Figurine Made in Japan
Vintage Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Figurine Made in Japan
$74.80
Large Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Made in Japan Black
Large Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Made in Japan Black
$7.99
Large Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Made in Japan 95 Signe
Large Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Made in Japan 95 Signe
$7.99
Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Beckoning Cat 75
Porcelain Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko Beckoning Cat 75
$59.99
LARGE GOLD GILDED BECKONING CAT IMARI KUTANI NEMURI NEKO BANK 10
LARGE GOLD GILDED BECKONING CAT IMARI KUTANI NEMURI NEKO BANK 10
$14.99
VINTAGE KUTANI CERAMIC NEMURI NEKO SLEEPING CAT MADE IN JAPAN 1940s MINT
VINTAGE KUTANI CERAMIC NEMURI NEKO SLEEPING CAT MADE IN JAPAN 1940s MINT
$50.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CAT FIGURINE BLACK
ANTIQUE JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN CAT FIGURINE BLACK
$50.00
Japanese Asian Porcelain Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Kutani Moriage Signed Figurine
Japanese Asian Porcelain Sleeping Cat Nemuri Neko Kutani Moriage Signed Figurine
$174.99
Rare Vintage Japanese Large 12 Porcelain Kutani Cat 1st 20th c
Rare Vintage Japanese Large 12 Porcelain Kutani Cat 1st 20th c
$450.00
Hand Painted Japanese Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani White Gold Sleeping Cat Figure 6
Hand Painted Japanese Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani White Gold Sleeping Cat Figure 6
$15.00
Kutani Ware 55 Lucky Cat Shiyusai Maneki Neko
Kutani Ware 55 Lucky Cat Shiyusai Maneki Neko
$70.38
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
Kutani Ware 264 Mike Calico Cat Right hand Maneki Neko
Kutani Ware 264 Mike Calico Cat Right hand Maneki Neko
$21.11
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
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
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
Kutani Yaki Ware 25 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Blue Porcelain Pottery Figurine
Kutani Yaki Ware 25 Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Blue Porcelain Pottery Figurine
$49.99
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain yellow ryote H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain yellow ryote H 115cm
$86.49
Kutani Ware 264 Mike Calico Cat Left Hand Maneki Neko
Kutani Ware 264 Mike Calico Cat Left Hand Maneki Neko
$21.11
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mori H 97cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mori H 97cm
$71.61
LARGE HAND PAINTED KUTANI PORCELAIN SLEEPING CAT EXCELLENT
LARGE HAND PAINTED KUTANI PORCELAIN SLEEPING CAT EXCELLENT
$79.00
VINTAGE KUTANI SMALL JAPANESE CAT
VINTAGE KUTANI SMALL JAPANESE CAT
$75.00
Vintage Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Moriage Feng Shui
Vintage Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Moriage Feng Shui
$149.95
Gem Old Signed Kutani Sleeping Cat With Marks Maneki Neko
Gem Old Signed Kutani Sleeping Cat With Marks Maneki Neko
$75.00
Kutani cat 5 japan
Kutani cat 5 japan
$55.00
Japanese Kutani Exquisite Porcelain Figurine Bull Signed  NO RESERVE
Japanese Kutani Exquisite Porcelain Figurine Bull Signed NO RESERVE
$29.00
Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Pair of Santa Claus Maneki Neko
Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Pair of Santa Claus Maneki Neko
$156.39
KUTANI BLACK CAT MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE ANTIQUE
KUTANI BLACK CAT MADE IN JAPAN VINTAGE ANTIQUE
$99.00
ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
ANTIQUE MINI JAPANESE IMARI KUTANI SLEEPING CAT 3 1 2 LONG
$75.00
Kutani Ware Samurai Cat Fukusuke Beckoning Cat Ornament Japan NEW
Kutani Ware Samurai Cat Fukusuke Beckoning Cat Ornament Japan NEW
$465.00
Kutani Porcelain Lucky Cat 453 Hana Karakusa Design Maneki Neko
Kutani Porcelain Lucky Cat 453 Hana Karakusa Design Maneki Neko
$45.77

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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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Banzai yellow H 105cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Banzai yellow H 105cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai set of 2
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Kinsai set of 2
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Black 2
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Black 2
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Red 2
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Red 2
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko work type
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko work type
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Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
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Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
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Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
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Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
$355.00
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
$335.00
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Sleeping Cat Figurine 1st Half 20th Century Gilt Red
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VINTAGE LARGE HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
VINTAGE LARGE HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
$59.95
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Fukusuke sakari
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Fukusuke sakari
$202.00
Hand Painted Japanese Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani White Gold Sleeping Cat Figure 6
Hand Painted Japanese Nemuri Neko Imari Kutani White Gold Sleeping Cat Figure 6
$55.33
Kutani Moriage Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat 10 x 4 Black and Gold gilded Rare
Kutani Moriage Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat 10 x 4 Black and Gold gilded Rare
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Antique Vintage Large White Porcelain Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded Sleeping Cat
Antique Vintage Large White Porcelain Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded Sleeping Cat
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Antique Vintage Large Porcelain Japanese KUTANI Gold HANDPAINTED Sleeping Cat
Antique Vintage Large Porcelain Japanese KUTANI Gold HANDPAINTED Sleeping Cat
$199.95
Antique Vintage Large Porcelain Japanese KUTANI Gold HANDPAINTED Sleeping Cat
Antique Vintage Large Porcelain Japanese KUTANI Gold HANDPAINTED Sleeping Cat
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WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
WANG YANI CHINESE PAINTING Famous Child Prodigy 1980s Watercolor of Monkeys
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LARGE 10 Vintage Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Neko Signed Rare Bank coin slot
LARGE 10 Vintage Japanese Porcelain Kutani Cat Neko Signed Rare Bank coin slot
$29.71
Maneki Neko Japanese Satsuma Moriage Kutani Waving Cat 10 Signed RARE
Maneki Neko Japanese Satsuma Moriage Kutani Waving Cat 10 Signed RARE
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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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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
$71.61
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
$71.61
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke ojigi H135cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke ojigi H135cm
$170.19
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Kenaga mike H 115cm
$86.49
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kozuchi mori H265cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko kozuchi mori H265cm
$340.38
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke yokoso H245cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko fukusuke yokoso H245cm
$397.11
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko koban kin mike H255cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko koban kin mike H255cm
$250.17
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mikeneko H275cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko mikeneko H275cm
$269.70
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori hai H30cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori hai H30cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko sai mori H27cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko sai mori H27cm
$318.06
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow fuku mori H27cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko yellow fuku mori H27cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori kiwami H37cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori kiwami H37cm
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Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko set of 7
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ANTIQUE KUTANI PORCELAIN BLACK SLEEPING CAT MADE IN JAPAN c1890
ANTIQUE KUTANI PORCELAIN BLACK SLEEPING CAT MADE IN JAPAN c1890
$599.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat White Porcelain Marked
Vintage Japanese Kutani Sleeping Cat White Porcelain Marked
$29.00
ORIENTAL JAPANESE SMALL 55 INCHES KUTANI RECLINING CAT STATUE
ORIENTAL JAPANESE SMALL 55 INCHES KUTANI RECLINING CAT STATUE
$49.99
Vintage Japanese Hand Painted Signed Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Cat Figurine 55
Vintage Japanese Hand Painted Signed Kutani Sleeping Porcelain Cat Figurine 55
$39.99
Vintage OMC Japanese Blanc De Chine White Kutani Style Porcelain Sleeping Cat
Vintage OMC Japanese Blanc De Chine White Kutani Style Porcelain Sleeping Cat
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