Pair of Large Porcelain Vases Kutani Period For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

Pair of Large Porcelain Vases Kutani Period


A Pair of Large Porcelain Vases Kutani Period Japan, Circa 1830 The covered baluster vases decorated in polychrome enamels and gilt over a clear glaze with panels of courtiers, the surrounding areas painted with various birds, the neck and foot banded by ket frets; chrysanthemum finial Height 34in. Kutani The word Kutani means Nine Valleys and is the name of an area and a village. The two characters that make up the word Kutani consist of the character for "nine", ku and "valley". Since Kutani is a place, almost all pieces marked Kutani were decorated there even if by any of the many manufacturers or trading shops, rather than just a single factory. Porcelain decorators familiar with the Kutani style could also move around so as an example we can sometimes find pieces marked Yokohama & Kobe with decoration in typical Kutani style. Many Kutani made pieces might also have just the artist's as a mark, and no location at all, leading us to also needing to look at style as a clue to the origin of a piece. Ancient history The first time we hear of porcelain from the Kutani (nine valleys) Village, was in 1655, in the in the first year of the Myoreki epoch. Japanese ceramic history has it that stones suitable for porcelain making was found in the Kutani mine of the Daishoji Clan, whereupon Lord Maeda Toshiharu sent Goto Saijiro to the Arita Village in the Hizen province to learn how to make porcelain. Kutani Porcelains from this early period are specifically called Ko-Kutani and are extremely rare. The production of this ware continued for about 50-60 years. Restoration in 1800 Around 1800 the Kutani kilns was restored in Kasugayama, Kanazawa City to make utilarian porcelains. After just a few years this kiln was destroyed by fire. Around 1806-1820 Honda Sadakichi built new kilns in Wakasugi with the purpose of reviving the old style. In 1823-1831 Yoshidaya Kilns were built in Daishoji at the site of Ko-Kutani to concentrate on commercial porcelain with printed designs. The production continues until today. In the mid-1800s the Kutani name was again revived by a number of skilled craftsmen working in different styles of which Kutani Shoza (1816-1883), working with gaudy enamels and with gold brocade, might be the best known. Production for Export During and after the Meiji period (1868-1912) up until today almost all Kutani porcelain in Shoza style was exported. Most of the Kutani porcelain we see today is thus 'Shoza style', 'Yoshida Kiln' export wares, dating from early 19th century up until today. Birds on Kutani porcelain Birds as a major motif in a Kutani style appear quite frequently marked Yokohama. Tashiro (Tashiro Shoten - Yokohama 1930s) produced/commissioned many of them. Bird motifs on porcelain with light inkwash technique is highly suggestive of Yokohama style with strong Kutani influence, during the export period. Apparently Kamimoto produced similar pieces to Tashiro - and they were quite popular. There is not a well defined time after the Edo period (1603-1867) where pieces were marked or not marked Kutani and only names appear. They appear randomly except for modern pieces made in Kutani which are almost always marked Kutani. Provenance: Private Collection New York Le Trianon Fine Art & Antiques Vas1


  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1830
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Overall Very Good condition, excellent color, wear consistent with age and use, minor period restoration in one of the lids, great scale and form
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34 in. x Dm 24 in.H 86.36 cm x Dm 60.96 cm
  • Diameter
    24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Sheffield, MA
  • Seller Reference Number
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

4.7 / 5
1stdibs seller since 2017
Located in Sheffield, MA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
A Unique Vase Signed Michele Luzoro
Michele Luzoro
Late 20th Century French Vases
A Unique Vase Signed Michele Luzoro Height 14 in. Founded in 1977 Verrerie d’art Luzoro is a small studio in Biot, a little village on the Cote d’Azur b...
A "Grand Tour" Cast Iron Etruscan Vase/Urn
Antique 19th Century Italian Vases
A “Grand Tour” Cast Iron Etruscan Vase 19th Century Depicting classical Greek figures, with ring handles with a leaf motif on each side. Height 20 in. Vas INV. 9
A Pair of George III Giltwood Mirrors
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Girandoles
Each with a Rectangular plate within a scrolled foliate surround with mirrored slips, surmounted by a shaped plate within a pagoda surround motif
Pair of “Sang de Boeuf” Lamps
Early 20th Century Chinese Table Lamps
A pair of “Sang de Boeuf” lamps Early 20th century A pair of “Sang de Boeuf” vases now mounted as lamps. Measure: Height 29 in. Provenance: Private collection, Ma. ...
You May Also Like
Large Pair of Japanese Kutani Vases, Meiji Period
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Vases
A very impressive large pair of Meiji period (1869-1912) Kutani vases, each with wonderful ground of Cranes in flight, surrounding painted scenes of women with children playing in ga...
Pair of Japanese Porcelain Meiji Period Dai Nip...
Dai Nippon
Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Ceramics
Pair of Japanese Meiji period Kutani porcelain vase's finely decorated in over glaze rust-red and polychrome enamels with scrolling gilt designs of foliate, dragons, animals and myth...
Pair of Antique Kutani Japanese Porcelain Vases
Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Anglo-Japanese Vases
Beautiful pair of Kutani porcelain vases; Beige ground decorated with raised Chrysanthemum highlighted with colors of green, yellow, blue, burgundy, pink and lavender. Handcrafted an...
Pair of Massive Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vases...
Antique 1880s Japanese Ceramics
This exquisite pair of phoenix-tail early Meiji period Japanese Kutani gilded hand-painted porcelain vases has two panels depicting very finely painted dragon in the clouds and phoen...
Pair of 19th Century Japanese Porcelain Kutani ...
Antique 19th Century Japanese Ceramics
Pair of late 19th century Japanese hand-painted and gilded porcelain kutani vases. These vases are signed.
Pair of Large Porcelain Vases
Vintage 1940s Italian Vases
Pair of 1940s Italian porcelain vases with painted white decoration on a black background.
Large Meiji Period Satsuma Porcelain Vase
Antique 19th Century Japanese Vases
Depicting figures in a flowering landscape with a lake and mountains. With mark to the base.
Pair of Antique Japanese Kutani Vases
Antique Early 1900s Japanese Japonisme Ceramics
A fine quality large and impressive pair of Japanese Kutani vases, having Lion mask handles and scenes of women playing in the gardens.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries