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
Vintage japanese Kutani sleeping cat hand painted blue Satsuma figurine statue
Vintage japanese Kutani sleeping cat hand painted blue Satsuma figurine statue
$21.50
Large handpainted blue gold comfy drowsy kitty cat figure kutani satsuma style
Large handpainted blue gold comfy drowsy kitty cat figure kutani satsuma style
$44.99
Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Polka Dot Ribbon
Vintage Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Polka Dot Ribbon
$62.99
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Sleeping Cat ceramicsigned
$135.00
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
$224.99
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
WONDERFUL GILD ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 19THC KUTANI HIGH QUALITY QUANYIN GEISHA
WONDERFUL GILD ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 19THC KUTANI HIGH QUALITY QUANYIN GEISHA
$298.00
Vtg ELIZABETH ARDEN Chelsea Garden VICTORIAN KUTANI CAT Candle Trinket Box UNLIT
Vtg ELIZABETH ARDEN Chelsea Garden VICTORIAN KUTANI CAT Candle Trinket Box UNLIT
$9.99
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
Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
Antique Japanese Porcelain Pottery Sleeping Cat Kutani Hachiman Top Half Only
$25.00
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
Pretty Vintage Hand Painted KUTANI NEMURI MANEKI NEKO Sleeping Cat Figure
$100.00
Chinese Sleeping Cat Figurine Asian sleeping cat asian candle holder Satsuma
Chinese Sleeping Cat Figurine Asian sleeping cat asian candle holder Satsuma
$75.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Kenaga mike calico m3 H118cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko Kenaga mike calico m3 H118cm
$75.05
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
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 white kiku mori right H135cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko white kiku mori right H135cm
$73.15
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
VINTAGE KUTANI SLEEPING CAT JAPAN
$59.99
BEAUTIFUL Vintage LARGE HAND PAINTED Black Kutani Cat Figurine Japan Satsuma
BEAUTIFUL Vintage LARGE HAND PAINTED Black Kutani Cat Figurine Japan Satsuma
$99.99
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 red mori pair H10cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H10cm
$139.65
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H75cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko red mori pair H75cm
$93.10
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko mike sakari pair H115cm
$139.65
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
Vintage Japanese KUTANI Reclining Cat Porcelain w Gold Large
$225.00
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
Susan Branch Pocket Calendar 2015 16 Quotes Watercolor Art Note Space VinylCover
Susan Branch Pocket Calendar 2015 16 Quotes Watercolor Art Note Space VinylCover
$4.95
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
$310.50
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
$315.00
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
$270.00
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 Bisque Black Hachiman gama
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Bisque Black Hachiman gama
$360.00
Kutani Yoneda Toko Saku Elegant White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Pair Egyptian Style
Kutani Yoneda Toko Saku Elegant White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Pair Egyptian Style
$1,440.00
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
$360.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
$315.00
Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded White Porcelain Left turning Sleeping Cat signed
Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded White Porcelain Left turning Sleeping Cat signed
$45.00
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
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
$63.97

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

Recent items sold through this site:

Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
Antique Japanese Kutani Cat Collection
$350.00
Kutani Moriage Vintage Black Cat Sleeping with Raised Embossed Floral LARGE
Kutani Moriage Vintage Black Cat Sleeping with Raised Embossed Floral LARGE
$20.00
Antique Japan Miniature KUTANI Sleeping CAT porcelain figure Nemuri neko Nikko
Antique Japan Miniature KUTANI Sleeping CAT porcelain figure Nemuri neko Nikko
$49.00
MANEKI NEKO LUCKY CALICO CAT KUTANI MORIAGE GILT VINTAGE JAPAN 7 GOURD BACK
MANEKI NEKO LUCKY CALICO CAT KUTANI MORIAGE GILT VINTAGE JAPAN 7 GOURD BACK
$49.99
Japanese Kutani Celadon Porcelain Maneki Nemuri Neko Cat Cats Beckoning Sleeping
Japanese Kutani Celadon Porcelain Maneki Nemuri Neko Cat Cats Beckoning Sleeping
$1,440.00
Japanese Brass Bronze Metal Sleeping Cat Modelled after Kutani Banzan WoW
Japanese Brass Bronze Metal Sleeping Cat Modelled after Kutani Banzan WoW
$149.00
Old Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded Moriage Porcelain Sleeping Cat Miniature Figure
Old Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded Moriage Porcelain Sleeping Cat Miniature Figure
$149.00
Japanese Kutani Blue White Porcelain Sleeping Cat on Pillow Koro Incense Burner
Japanese Kutani Blue White Porcelain Sleeping Cat on Pillow Koro Incense Burner
$135.00
MEIJI Period Kutani Satsuma Imari Maneki Sleeping Neko Lucky Cat Statue Okimono
MEIJI Period Kutani Satsuma Imari Maneki Sleeping Neko Lucky Cat Statue Okimono
$2,480.00
FINE MEIJI Period Kutani Satsuma Imari Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Statue Okimono
FINE MEIJI Period Kutani Satsuma Imari Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Statue Okimono
$2,895.00
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Both hands Akamori
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 45 Both hands Akamori
$96.99
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
Mid Century Kutani Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Moriage
$149.99
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
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
Antique Japanese Kutani Moriage Maneki Neko Beckoning Waving Cat Feng Shui Signd
$800.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko polka dotted H8cm
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani Porcelain Maneki Neko polka dotted H8cm
$77.00
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Panda
Japanese Lucky Cat Kutani yaki ware Porcelain Maneki Neko Panda
$53.00
Lot 2 antique Japanese tea cups Satsuma Kutani Ryusho mark hand painted gilded
Lot 2 antique Japanese tea cups Satsuma Kutani Ryusho mark hand painted gilded
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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
$50.00
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
$299.50
Sleeping Cat Porcelain Hand Painted Japan Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko c1950
Sleeping Cat Porcelain Hand Painted Japan Imari Kutani Nemuri Neko c1950
$36.50
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Kuromori Maneki Neko
Made in Japan Lucky Cat Kutani Yaki Porcelain 55 Kuromori Maneki Neko
$85.99
Kutani snapper ride beckoning cat Gold luck come white Sheng NEW
Kutani snapper ride beckoning cat Gold luck come white Sheng NEW
$198.00
Kutani oval gavel holding white beckoning cat Maneki neko Sheng boxed good Gift
Kutani oval gavel holding white beckoning cat Maneki neko Sheng boxed good Gift
$238.00
Beckoning catGood luck Chibi 8 gold beckoning cat calling Kutani fortune NEW
Beckoning catGood luck Chibi 8 gold beckoning cat calling Kutani fortune NEW
$88.00
Kutani is beckoning cat wait to sleep oval luck  Personality get guts NEW
Kutani is beckoning cat wait to sleep oval luck Personality get guts NEW
$128.00
The popularity Kutani sleeping cat good luck Sheng also slept
The popularity Kutani sleeping cat good luck Sheng also slept
$72.00
Kutani bow samurai ojigi Fukusuke cat Sheng 17cm 65in with cushion from Japan
Kutani bow samurai ojigi Fukusuke cat Sheng 17cm 65in with cushion from Japan
$298.00
Kutani both hands raised beckoning cat Huang Sheng Fat Manekineko duvet new
Kutani both hands raised beckoning cat Huang Sheng Fat Manekineko duvet new
$198.00
Kutani Fukusuke cat Sheng with cushion living is a traditional craft
Kutani Fukusuke cat Sheng with cushion living is a traditional craft
$223.00
Kutani left hand beckoning cat pink Sheng
Kutani left hand beckoning cat pink Sheng
$148.00
Kutani maneki neko good luck right hand beckoning cat white H8cm Sheng Japan
Kutani maneki neko good luck right hand beckoning cat white H8cm Sheng Japan
$78.00
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Nemuri Neko Sleeping Cat Gold White Hachiman gama
$360.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Big Foot Paw Jowls
$315.00
Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded White Porcelain Left turning Sleeping Cat signed
Japanese Kutani Gold Gilded White Porcelain Left turning Sleeping Cat signed
$45.00
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
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
$310.50
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
Antique Japanese Kutani Kosen Porcelain Gilded White Sleeping Cat Amazing
$315.00
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
Japanese Kutani Hachiman Gama Gilded Moriage Figural Sleeping Cat Censor Box WoW
$270.00
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
Antique Japanese Kutani Gilded White Porcelain Sleeping Cat Beautiful LRG Heavy
$315.00

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