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". The name ‘Old Kutani’ refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overglaze enamels and produced in the Kaga mountain village of Kutani. The most noted ‘Old Kutani’ pieces are ‘Green Kutani’, in which most of the surface is covered in a green or blue-green glaze to which one or two colours have been added. In addition to a revival of the styles of ‘Old Kutani’ ware, there arose a style using gold on a coral-red ground, which was perfected during another spate of activity that began in the 1860s. Owing to local financial problems and difficulties in obtaining the necessary pigments, the ‘Kutani’ kiln was abandoned some time in the Genroku period. Ceramics production in Kaga enjoyed a renaissance early in the 19th century, however, including the establishment of another kiln at ‘Kutani’ in the 1820s. Technical advances were made and Western-style pigments were adopted, and by the 1890s modern ‘Kutani’ ware had become a major item among Japan’s exports. The name ‘Kutani’ is now loosely applied to a great variety of 19th-century Japanese ceramics, many of which have no connection with Ishikawa prefecture. To further confuse matters, some authorities now assert that most Old ‘Kutani’ ware was actually made at Arita, in present-day Saga prefecture. A truly unusual Set - great conversation piece and an extraordinary addition to any collection. Comes in Good Condition.

Dimensions: 80 x 55 x 58H mm (Cup)
108 x 102 x 20H mm (Saucer)

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Very Fine Contemporary ‘Kutani’ Demitasse Set of 2 Hand-Painted Cups & Saucers (