An antique or original oriental vase is always a popular item for collectors. The Kutani style vases, usually made in pairs are no exception. They come in all shapes and sizes, some as small as a few inches and others up to 4 or 5 feet in height. Usually designed as purely decorative items, the vases were not filled with flowers or plants, rather put on display in homes. Some Kutani vases were used as part of an overall display of many porcelain pieces. Some come with markings on the bottom to show where they fitted in the display.
Kutani ware is a style of Japanese porcelain which was first produced in the mid 1650s in the area of Kanazawa, Komatsu, Kaga, and Nomi in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Gotō Saijirō, a member of the Maeda clan, set up a kiln in the village of Kutani (now part of the city of Kaga) on the order of Maeda Toshiharu, ruler of the Kaga domain. The porcelain style is known for multiple colors—such as greens, blues, yellows, purples, and reds—and bold designs covering most of the surface of each piece.
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