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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 POLYCHROME ENAMELED AND GILT ‘KUTANI’ PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASE
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A POLYCHROME ENAMELED AND GILT ‘KUTANI’ PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASE
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €60- €70
€501 Bid
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JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN UMBRELLA STAND Early 20th Century Height 16".
Dec 06, 9:30 AM EST
JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN UMBRELLA STAND Early 20th Century Height 16".
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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PAIR OF JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES Meiji Period Diameters 8.5”.
Dec 06, 9:30 AM EST
PAIR OF JAPANESE KUTANI PORCELAIN PLATES Meiji Period Diameters 8.5”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $250
$1001 Bid
A Japanese Kutani porcelain large deep flared bowl,
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Japanese Kutani porcelain large deep flared bowl,
by Cheffins
Est: £80- £120
£601 Bid
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Antique Japanese Kutani delicate porcelain jar, Edo period
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Japanese Kutani delicate porcelain jar, Edo period
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $600- $1,500
$2000 Bids
A SQUARE KUTANI BOWL WITH SEA LANDSCAPE DECORATION
Dec 07, 9:30 AM CET
A SQUARE KUTANI BOWL WITH SEA LANDSCAPE DECORATION
by Nagel Auction
Est: €150- €250
€1500 Bids
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vase
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vase
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
A porcelain dish with Kutani decor of 3 figures in a garden, marked "Zoshuntei Sanpo Zo". Japan,
Dec 13, 6:30 PM CET
A porcelain dish with Kutani decor of 3 figures in a garden, marked "Zoshuntei Sanpo Zo". Japan,
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
Japnese Kutani Large Pitcher with Figurines, Meiji period
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Japnese Kutani Large Pitcher with Figurines, Meiji period
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
A late Kutani figure of Kannon Bosatsu. Early 20th century
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
A late Kutani figure of Kannon Bosatsu. Early 20th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €900- €1,200
€6500 Bids
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Large Japanese Kutaniyaki Porcelain Vase
Dec 17, 11:00 AM PST
Large Japanese Kutaniyaki Porcelain Vase
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$200 Bids
Pair Japanese antique kutani vases, made as lamp
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Pair Japanese antique kutani vases, made as lamp
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $350
$500 Bids
LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI TABLE LAMP
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
LARGE JAPANESE KUTANI TABLE LAMP
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
Vintage Japanese Kutani Ware Warrior Figurine
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Japanese Kutani Ware Warrior Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$250 Bids
3 Japanese antique kutani bowls
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
3 Japanese antique kutani bowls
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $90
$100 Bids
Japanese Kutani Hotei Lucky Buddha, Signed during Meiji period 1868 - 1912 with Kutani mark
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
Japanese Kutani Hotei Lucky Buddha, Signed during Meiji period 1868 - 1912 with Kutani mark
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$200 Bids
Japanese Kutani Tea Set - 8 Pieces
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
Japanese Kutani Tea Set - 8 Pieces
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$200 Bids
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1 PAAR VASEN
Dec 15, 9:00 AM CET
1 PAAR VASEN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF300
CHF2000 Bids
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ZIERPLATTE
Dec 15, 9:00 AM CET
ZIERPLATTE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF180- CHF240
CHF1800 Bids
A PAIR OF POLYCHROME ENAMELED AND GILT ‘KUTANI’ PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASES
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A PAIR OF POLYCHROME ENAMELED AND GILT ‘KUTANI’ PORCELAIN BALUSTER VASES
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €200- €300
€1500 Bids
Lot of 4 Kutani Geisha Girls Bowl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 4 Kutani Geisha Girls Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Kutani Geisha Girl Scallop Bowl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Kutani Geisha Girl Scallop Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids

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