An antique Japanese colorful Kutani porcelain vase decorated in birds and flowers in a lovely 'made for export; casual style. Kutani one of the most popular to the collector of Japanese items, and a beautiful porcelain it is. This vase is handmade porcelain and skillfully decorated in hand painted overglaze enamels in unusual colors of birds and flowers often seen on Kutani ware. Two scenes each of two houses, trees and a line of mountains in the background; called ‘sansui’. This piece is marked on the bottom with the well-known Kutani signature of Nine Valleys, the Kaga region of Japan where Kutani Porcelain was made. This area and age of Kutani is especially well known for import during the Meiji period of 1868 - 1912. It is decorated on the bottom with a large comb and key pattern above it. The faint gray writing on the bottom of the vase is usually represents a trade or Customs signature. This type of marking is not new but it did occur on porcelain from the 1800's to early 1900's. These faint custom or trading marks coupled with the characters on the bottom together also help to date pieces. It is in excellent Antique condition, a heavier weight than most, and with no chips or cracks.
SIZE: Height 6 1/4" or 15.87 cm
Kutani ware 九谷焼
Kutani ware is Japanese porcelain made in Kaga province and now in Ishikawa prefecture. The name Old Kutani refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overglaze enamels and produced in the Kaga mountain village of Kutani. The Kutani family have run as a family business since the turn of the century, with many well-known potters in the family.
About Kutani 九谷焼 from the Nomi Kutani Ceramics Museum:
The history of Kutani ceramics dates back to the early Edo period, around the year 1655. Maeda Toshiharu, the first Lord of Daishoji belonging to the Kaga-han, focused his attention on the development of pottery, although in the territory of Kutani today: Kutani,Yamanaka Town,Ishikawa Prefecture gold mines have been found. Toshiharu dispatched Goto Saijiro, to Hizen Arita, so that he could master their pottery technique. The establishment of an own Kutani kiln began with the adoption of this new skill. The kilns in Kutani suddenly disappeared around 1730 but the reasons for this are still not exactly known. The ceramics fired during this period are now known as ‘Ko-Kutani’. Representing Japanese Iro'e multicolored over glazed porcelain, it is highly rated for its unique, vigorous, formal beauty.
Shoza style 1841 to present originates in Kutani Ino Seiho hometown of Terai. The style is a mixture of all previous Kutani styles but characteristically uses western influenced pentachrome and gold paints over glazed enamel. The style is a unique mixture of western and Japanese styles, and it has popularized Kutani in the west. Patterns are intricately detailed with flowers, birds, human figures, and nature scenes. From the Meiji Era 1867-1912 until recently, it was the main style of Kutani production. Shoza style is also referred to as Saishiki kinrande style.
Please see our other links to Kutani in our ‘Favorite’ sites on our homepage as well as many other resources including ‘The Kutani Ceramics Website’ by Georges Bouvier.
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