This old Japanese vintage porcelain statue is handmade in the motif of a 'washi' written 鷲 or an eagle was exciting for me to find. It inscribed with the mark of the famous maker Kutani. Although we do not often say it, clearly Kutani has been a highly loved work of the Japanese by the entire world, for over 100 years. Most likely, it was made in the very late Meiji period of 1868-1921, or early Taisho 1912-1926 at the latest. The Kutani mark is inscribed in on the inside, the border is raised, an unusual shape but appears to be the generic Kutani mark at this time. The Eagle was the mascot of the company my father worked for that took us to Japan, ABS, had to have it.
This statue is very lovely and well-made with much detail and is quite lifelike. It is made of the special Kutani-yaki 九谷焼 porcelain. The feathers, the claws, and expression seem real! It is handmade by the potter and hand formed, 'tebineri' in Japanese. The bottom is the traditional rock style we see on old Kutani and other Japanese statues or 'okimono', and is hand painted Kutani brown then glazed. The top is hand painted and drawn and is not glazed, the body and wings are in white with gray and black for the feather definition, his claws are left natural and glazed, the tendon and muscle portion yellow. His eyes have a yellow in the 'white' area and irises a beautiful hazel looking color, quite real looking.
Please see the pictures for the rest of your description, they speak for themselves I believe. It is in very good old vintage condition. Unfortunately, it is missing the talon on the third claw. On the unglazed portion, there are a few pricks and pins but minimal and small and not obvious. The hawk was the motif of the company my father worked from the time he graduated from Auburn as an engineer and what took us to Japan, a special place in my heart. This is a tall and heavy piece, a very nice well-made piece and would make a great collector's item and decoration.
SIZE: Height 9.1 inches or 23.11 cm, Width 7.1 inches or 18.03 cm, Depth 5.1 inches or 12.95 cm, Weight 1565 grams or 3.45 lbs prepacked, about 5 packed maybe a little less. Please check the Retail Ground price as an option in the U.S. It is over the limit for other International options but we will work with the buyer on the shipping.
Kutani, which means Nine Valleys, is an area near Kanazawa City where ceramics were first produced in the mid 17th Century. Kutani Porcelain comes from a long history in Kaga district (Ishikawa Prefecture) of Japan. Many kilns of Kutani Porcelain such as Ko Kutani, the Yoshidaya kiln, the Miyamotoya kiln established the traditional styles originally.
Kutani is the pottery of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. As my friend says, it is the traditional popular pottery same with IMARI. Please see more information along with the following at website Kutani-Imus or the Kutani Art Museum (there is a page specifically in English written by the founders of the museum).
A great site for more information for collectors is the Kutani Ceramic Website.
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