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Maker unknown: Large Kutani bowl

Japan, late Meiji or early Taisho period, early 20th century
Price  DKK3000 / €400 / $430 / £350

A large Kutani porcelain bowl decorated in colours and gold, with people and house depicted on the side. The inside is decorated with an eagle sitting on the branch of a snowcovered pinetree. Late Meiji (1868–1912) or early Taisho period (1912–1926). H 9 cm, D 27 cm. Good condition; some minor wear on the glaze.


Kutani ware (九谷焼 Kutani-yaki?) is a style of Japanese porcelain first established by Gotō Saijirō, a member of the Maeda clan, who set up a kiln in the village of Kutani (now part of the city of Kaga) on the order of Maeda Toshiharu, ruler of the Kaga domain. The porcelain style, which dates back to the mid-17th century, is known for multiple colors, such as greens, blues, yellows, purples, and reds, and bold designs covering most of the surface of each piece.

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