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Asian Antiques863 of 3504Chinese printing blocksChinese Blue and White Porcelain "Double Happiness" Jars / Circa Mid- 20th Century
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Posted 8 months ago

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vase approx 15 inches tall very pretty to look at has birds and chinesr japanese ladies on i have had it for over 20 years and my mum had it before me

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  1. jwendell222, 8 months ago
    Hi Davies, your vase is Japanese and the mark, rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise reads down 'ku tani', Nine Valleys. Kutani is an area in Japan with several hundred kilns and since your vase does not have additional kanji (characters), it is considered generic Kutani. Regards, Jim
  2. davies, 8 months ago
    Jim thanks for that but what do you mean by generic mean. Thanks for that at least i know they are japanese now.davies

  3. jwendell222, 8 months ago
    Hi, many kilns (hundreds) use Kutani and then additional kanji to specifically identify themselves. Many others, like yours and several pieces that I have do not, so: generic Kutani. There is nothing demeaning, here, but dating is usually made more difficult and becomes dependent on the style of the piece and other factors, thus requiring more study and research. You might want to look at this as an example:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102051-japanese-good-fortune-gods?in=user

    Hope this helps, Jim

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