This Japanese vintage Kutani pair of porcelain pedestal dishes by the Kutani Kasen 九谷華仙 kiln probably dates to the late Showa period of 1926-1989, the shape and style probably lends to the 1970s. They are made in the style of a kashiki, or dishes used at a tea ceremony for small desserts. The porcelain is very nice and made into the polygonal shape on the short pedestal legs is a nice combination. It is hand decorated and painted in overglaze enamels in the old Yoshidaya style or 'old Kutani revived'. The dominant and strong color green is bordered around the rim with delicately drawn lines and the leaves on the plate. In blue, green and yellow or the colors of Yoshidaya are painted a bird on a gourd patch with gourds and leaves. The design pattern of the gourd and its vines is called 'uri'. They are very nicely made in the fine Kutani manner. They are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. They would make great decorative pieces if not for use.
Size: Large 7 inches or 17.78 cm, Small 6 inches or 15.24 cm, Height both two inches or 5.08 cm
Kutani Yoshidaya style of 1818-1829 was founded when Denuemon Toyota, a rich merchant from the Kutani area, restarted the closed Kutani kiln. This Enuma kiln was built near the previous Kutani kiln, but a year later, moved due to the harsh conditions of the region. Effects of the freely luxurious political mood can be seen in the style of painting. Bright green, blue, yellow, and purple were used, but never red. Patterns in the style include small plants, flowers, and birds. This style is considered to be Old Kutani revived.
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.
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