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Japanese Kutani Ware

Kutani porcelains are named after the village within which a kiln was set up in 1655. Goto Sajiro first created kutani ware, which was only in production for less than a hundred years before kutani kilns were shut down suddenly around 1730. The art later re-emerged around the 1800s with new and more effective over-glazing techniques.

There are three main eras of kutani ware production: Ko-Kutani, Saiko Kutani, and Kutani, in sequence. Ko-Kutani, meaning "old Kutani," consisted of only five colors: blue, green, yellow, purple, and red. Saiko Kutani incorporated red and gold design. The final style, which began around the 1860s, was a composite of both the traditional kutani style as well as a newly learned western style. This later style was widely exported, while Ko-Kutani is very rare.

Kutani ware includes a wide variety of products including but not limited to plates, bowls, and tea sets. While the term “kutani” is often used to describe any porcelains that have been decorated with the color scheme characteristic of old kutani porcelains, many of these works were created in the 19th century and are not necessarily genuine kutani marked with the appropriate symbols.


Quick Facts

  • Kutani porcelain wares are particularly well known for their use of many colors including green, blue, yellow, purple, and red. Colorful designs practically cover the entirety of the porcelain surface
  • The act of making kutani was officially named a traditional craft in 1975. A memorial has even been created for Goto Sajiro around the site of the original kiln in order to celebrate his contribution
  • Markings on the bottom of kutani ware can be very difficult to decipher. Many modern-day Japanese are unable to read the characters on these markings. Markings are not at all consistent: Kutani ware stamps might represent title, date, person, or artist

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A Japanese Kutani ceramic bowl (dia 23cm)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Japanese Kutani ceramic bowl (dia 23cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
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Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
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A group of three Japanese Kutani wares, 19th/20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A group of three Japanese Kutani wares, 19th/20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD2603 Bids
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Antique Japanese Ko-Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Ko-Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
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Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
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by Gibson's
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD8002 Bids
Three Japanese Kutani wares, early 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
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by Gibson's
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3202 Bids
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Pair of Japanese Kutani Ceremonial Tea Cups
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Japanese Kutani Ceremonial Tea Cups
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $800
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KUTANI GEISHA GIRL PART TEA SET A/F TEAPOT + BLUE & WHITE JAPANESE PART TEA SET
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
KUTANI GEISHA GIRL PART TEA SET A/F TEAPOT + BLUE & WHITE JAPANESE PART TEA SET
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Est: £0- £0
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Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Kutani Rooster Deep Bowl
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Est: £0- £0
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Japanese Tokugawa Period Kutani Porcelain Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Tokugawa Period Kutani Porcelain Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
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Antique Japanese Ko-Kutani Ware Vase
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Ko-Kutani Ware Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $250- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
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Est: $200- $800
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Signed Japanese Kutani Porcelain Footed Vase
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Japanese Kutani Ware Compote Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
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by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Ware Sake Bottle
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Shallow Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Shallow Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Charger
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Charger
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $800
$301 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Charger
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Charger
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $800
$301 Bid
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Japanese Kutani Porcelain Footed Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Footed Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Japanese Porcelain Kutani Footed Bowl
Mar 14, 2:00 PM EDT
Japanese Porcelain Kutani Footed Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid

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