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Large Japanese Contemporary Gilded Hand Painted Kutani Porcelain Beckoning Cat

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Large Japanese contemporary beckoning cat, a gilded and hand painted porcelain piece from the Kutani region of Japan. The cat is adorned with multiple golden medallions and is covered with raised loops characteristic of the Kutani “moriage” style. The word for “good fortune” appears in gold around its neck. While the origins of the Japanese beckoning cat are unclear, contemporary woodblock prints show they were being widely sold as good luck charms by the 1850s. The beckoning cat comes in two varieties. The less common left-handed beckoning cat (with left paw raised) is said to be inviting friends and acquaintances to hearth and home. The right-handed cat is said to bring money and wealth to its owner, and are to this day frequently seen in shops and restaurants in Japan. The “moriage” style refers to raised loops and other decorative motifs applied by squeezing a tube of slip onto the body of the cat much like applying frosting to a cake. The cat boasts the traditional Kutani colors of bright green, purple, dark blue and orange presented against a iron-red background, and is generously accentuated with gold. The red kerchief with a knotted amulet in the back and two bells on the side also identify this as a traditional Kutani piece, as do the perked ears turned outward. The artist's seal appears on the reverse. Dimensions: H 12 in, W 7.5 in, D 7.5 in.

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    Limited Edition
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    Available Now
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  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 7.5 in. x D 7.5 in.H 30.48 cm x W 19.05 cm x D 19.05 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU2771313946602
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As a premiere resource for the finest contemporary hand-painted porcelain of Japan, Exquisite Classics takes pride in presenting the work of leading contemporary artists who are carrying forward Japan’s rich porcelain heritage. With an uncompromising dedication to excellence and the highest artistic standards, Exquisite Classics showcases a carefully curated collection of unique and exceptional porcelain pieces, crafted and hand-painted by Japan’s highly acclaimed master porcelain artists and “Living National Treasures.” These artists' work have found homes in many exceptional settings, including Japan’s Imperial Household and National Guest House, and in royal palaces in various parts of the world.

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