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Antique Japanese Kutani Porcelain Ware



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The best likeness is probably the single plate pictured to the right, but even this one does not capture the minute detail and vibrancy of color in this set of plates.

The single plate and view of three plates to the right were taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0638-K1. The best of the set!

Three exquisite ceramic bread plates measuring 6" in diameter. Vibrant, hand drawn figures and exactingly hand painted colors with gold highlights. Scene includes 2 geishas, house, lake, trees and flowers, and mountain in background.

All figures are liberally decorated with gold trim. Border is rust & gold. Each plate is in excellent condition--no noticeable chips or scratches.

Third picture is Shoza's signautre on the reverse. It's a daub of rust color with his signature in gold. I've checked this out, and I'm nearly certain that it's his signature--and it does NOT say "Made in Japan".

I understand Shoza died in 1883.

Price $200.00 per plate or all 3 for $525.00.

#A0838-K1: One Plate - $200.00

#A0638-K1set: Set of Three - $525.00


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The view of condiment bowl to the right was taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0639-K2. Condiment Bowl on Attached Saucer

Vibrant, hand drawn figures and exactingly hand painted colors with gold highlights. Scene includes 4 Geishas, house, boat, lake, bird and flowers, and mountain in background. Bowl is in very good condition--no noticeable chips or scratches. It is very bright--the photos are poor, with too many shadows making dark areas.

All figures are liberally decorated with gold trim--highly comparable to the three plates above. Border is rust & gold.

The bowl is attached to the saucer. The lid has a notch for a porcelain "dipper"; however, that was lost long ago, and a substitute porcelain dipper is included, but is too short to extend out of notch without something, such as mayonaise, inside to prevent it from slipping down.

It is marked, as shown in the third photo, "Dai Nippon Kutani Yaki"(Great Japan Kutani Ware). Dating from Meiji period (1868-1912). (This is to the best of my knowledge.)

#A0639: Condiment Bowl w/Saucer - $99.00.


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The pot and view of a cup/saucer set to the right were taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0640-K3. An 11-piece Chocolate Set!

This lovely 11-piece chocolate service includes a 9-1/2" tall decanter with lid, and five matching cups and saucers.

These would probably be considered the "Shoza school" of design.

The Decanter has five geishas in a garden scene that wraps completely around the unusual shaped pitcher. It is hexagonal, but not with straight sides--they are each slightly curved inward, and the curves continue up the sides in indentations.

The cups are similarly hexagonal, but not as obviously so.

Notice the delicate handle on the decanter and on the top piece. The decanter is in near original condition. The heavy rust-colored trim is "blotched" in a few places, but from the manufacturing process, not from misuse.

Two of the saucers have minor chips on the edges, and two of the cups have hairline cracks in them, and one has a minor chip.

These pieces were apparently hand drawn, but either were not hand painted or were painted by a careless craftsman. The colors do not exactly match the figures. Tiny amount of gold-colored trim in a couple of places on each piece.

Have no idea whose signature is on these. The last two graphics to the left show the signature on the bottom of the saucers and decanter, with the last graphic being my hand rendition of the signature. I could not find out what that duplicated sign means. These do say "Made in Japan".

This set was used for years, then displayed on open shelves for even more years. They have an accumulation of light dirt that I'm sure can easily be washed off, but I am not going to try. As klutzy as I am now-a-days, I'm sure I'd end up breaking things. :-( They are very delicate.


SOLD #A0640-K3: 11-piece Chocolate Set - $149.00


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The pot view to the right was taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0641-K4. Excellent Tea Pot

This teapot with vented lid is in excellent condition, even though it was used for many years. It is slightly tea-staned inside.

The scenes, surrounding the entire pot, depict six geishas, plants, lanterns, fences, and more. Very tranquil scene. Tiny amount of gold-colored trim in a couple of places.

Unlike the Chocolate Set, the painting appears more like hand work than machine work (maybe the craftsman laid off the saki?)

There is not a chip, scratch or crack that I can detect on either the pot or the lid. Due to the nature of this item, it is not delicate, but made of a heavier porcelain to retain heat while brewing tea.

Base of pot has same Japanese signature as Chocolate Set, but the "Made in Japan" is more arched than on the set above.

SOLD #A0641-K4: Kutani Tea Pot - $99.00


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The tray-set view to the right was taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0642-K5. Tray Set

Delicate, 7" diameter, Tray is ideal for holding a 3-1/2" Condiment Container w/Lid, a pair of 2-1/2" Salt & Pepper Shakers, and a 2-1/4" high Toothpick Holder.

All the pieces carry the hexagon-shaped theme of the Chocolate Set. Geisha, buildings, trees, landscape scenes very much like all other pieces on this page. Tiny amount of gold-colored trim in a couple of places on each piece.

All pieces in very good condition, no chips, cracks or scratches. All have been on display on open shelf for long time, so there is a light coating of dust that needs washed. And, once again, no I am not going to attempt to wash them. The salt and pepper shakers still have salt and pepper in them, and have cork-plugged holes in the bases.

As with the Condiment Bowl, above, this one's lid has a notch in it; however, there is no substitute porcelain dipper with this one.

None of these pieces have Japanese signatures on them. The tray and condiment container say "Made in Japan" on the bottoms, and the toothpick holder simply says "Japan" on the bottom. The rest have nothing on the bottom.

SOLD #A0642-K5: Kutani Tray Set - $149.00


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The view to the right of the inside of the bowl was taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photo was taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0643-K6. Mid-sized Bowl

Delicate, 5-1/2" diameter by 2-1/2" deep, Bowl with a design that matches exactly the design on the tray, above.

This one is nine-sided, and there is nothing subtle about the deeply scalloped rim. Tiny amount of gold trim in three places on the rim. There are three legs, holding the bowl about 1/2" off the table, and are shown in the second photo.

The bowl is in excellent condition, no chips, cracks or scratches. It is much brighter than depicted in the photo--I could not avoid the shadows.

There is no Japanese signature on it, and the bottom simply says"Made in Japan".


#A0643-K6: Kutani Mid-sized Bowl - $99.00


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The views to the right of the inside and underside of the bowl were taken with a Sony MVC-FD 75, the original photos were taken a few months earlier with a tiny Logitech ClickSmart.

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#A0644-K7. Small Bowl

Delicate, 3" diameter by 1-5/8" deep, Bowl with a design that is very similar to the larger bowl, above.

This one is also nine-sided with a scalloped rim. Gold-colored trim in slashes around the rim. Three rust-colored leaves decorate the underside. There are three legs, holding the bowl about 1/4" off the table, and are shown in the second photo.

The bowl is in good condition, but with a chip on the rim that is just visible, in the photo below, to the left of the green bouquet held by the geisha in blue gown. The design is much brighter than depicted in the photo--I could not avoid the shadows.

There is no Japanese signature on it, and the bottom has nothing printed on it.


#A0644-K7: Kutani Small Bowl - $79.00


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Note: I am not an antique expert, and certainly not a Kutani expert. However, K1 and K2 are most likely original Kutani, and I can state that the plates in K1 are superb pieces of art--not just dinnerware. K2 is nearly as good. K3 is a beautiful set, and even if not as superb as K1 and K2, makes a beautiful display. Although the various pieces obvioiusly were created at different times by different craftsmen, they are highly compatible with each other with nearly identical designs in most cases. These were owned by my grandmother who died at only 23 years of age in 1916, and may possibly have belonged previously to her mother.

All 23 pieces described and shown on this page are good matches, but other than the Bread Plates and Condiment Bowl on Saucer, none are trimmed in gold--although most are trimmed in gold-color. Also, they seem to come from at least three different craftsmen or sources.


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