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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 Small Blue and White Kutani Cup
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Small Blue and White Kutani Cup
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Est: $10- $100
$101 Bid
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Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Kutani, Japan Lithophane Dragon Tea Set, 18 Pieces
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $200- $300
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Pr Kutani Palace Urns
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Pr Kutani Palace Urns
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Est: $1,000- $2,000
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Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN VASES C 1900, THREE PCS. H 10", 7", 7"
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JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI "CHRYSANTHEMUM" VASES, CIRCA 1900, PAIR H 14" W 8",
Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
JAPANESE PORCELAIN KUTANI "CHRYSANTHEMUM" VASES, CIRCA 1900, PAIR H 14" W 8",
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A POLYCHROME PAINTIED KUTANI-PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A STANDING BIJIN HOLDING A FAN
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A KUTANI-PORCELAIN DISH DECORATED WITH TWO BIRDS PERCHED ON A BRANCH
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A KUTANI-PORCELAIN DISH DECORATED WITH TWO BIRDS PERCHED ON A BRANCH
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Est: €900- €1,500
€9000 Bids
A KUTANI '16 RAKAN' DISH
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A KUTANI '16 RAKAN' DISH
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Est: €900- €1,500
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Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A KUTANI PORCELAIN VASE WITH FLORAL DECORATION AND TWO MEDALLIONS CONTAINING FISH MOTIVES
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A LARGE IMARI PORCELAIN VASE AND A KUTANI PLATE
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A KUTANI PORCELAIN BLOSSOM-SHAPED SAUCER
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A KUTANI PORCELAIN BLOSSOM-SHAPED SAUCER
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Est: €300- €500
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A PAIR OF FIGURAL 'KUTANI' VASES
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A PAIR OF FIGURAL 'KUTANI' VASES
by Nagel Auction
Est: €450- €550
€4500 Bids
A KUTANI FIGURE OF DARUMA WITH A HOSSU
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A KUTANI FIGURE OF DARUMA WITH A HOSSU
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Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
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€4000 Bids
A Porcelain Vase - Japanese
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Porcelain Vase - Japanese
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Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
A Porcelain Vase - Japanese
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Porcelain Vase - Japanese
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
Set of Two Japanese Kutani? Cream and Sugar
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of Two Japanese Kutani? Cream and Sugar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN VASES, C 1900 2 PRS. H 11" W 9", 7", SIGNED
Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN VASES, C 1900 2 PRS. H 11" W 9", 7", SIGNED
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Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A Signed Teapot
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Signed Teapot
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Est: $75- $750
$700 Bids
A Vintage Japanese Kutani Plate
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Vintage Japanese Kutani Plate
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Est: $60- $600
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