This Japanese antique Kutani-yaki 九谷焼 porcelain pot with a lovely lid is highly decorated in karako, playing outside in various activities, It is decorated with lovely colors, gold on red, blue and pink, light green, and a few others. The word Karako means Chinese children. it is a traditional painting on Japanese wares that probably goes back hundreds of years and taken from Chinese art, where one might recall seeing vases for example with many children climbing all over them. This is the same concept of the old days.The artwork usually depicts the children running around chasing butterflies and in this case, they are in various activities, little children with their parents or adult children perhaps, riding a play horse, chasing butterflies, and holding flowers and dancing. Butterflies are used a lot in Japanese art, they are highly symbolic. In Japanese culture, butterflies carry a number of meanings but are most closely associated with the symbolism of metamorphosis and transformation. They are closely linked with recently departed spirits and consequently are represented in a number of traditional family crests. This piece dates to the Meiji period as an antique sometime between 1868-1912. It is one of the nicer pots I have seen. Of course, it is handmade, hand drawn, and hand painted. The finial on the lid is beautiful, a gold on a red leaf. There is a little wear on the bottom kodai or foot rim, but it is a nice, tall one. It is unsigned, which is not unusual for the older pieces especially from the 19th century and on.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece. We will post more close-ups on Facebook around today February 10th. It is a nice size, too big to be a sugar bowl, most certainly decorative:
SIZE: Height 6.5 inches or 16.5 cm, Width 6.2 inches or 15.7 cm, Length 4.5 inches or 11.5 cm. Weight 450 grams or 15.87 ounces
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 or 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, and 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. Please wait as they rebuild their recent crash.
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