Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Japanese " Kutani " Porcelain Jar / " Eiraku" Red Ground with Gilt Cranes/ Circa Meiji Period 1868-1912

In Asian > Japanese Pottery > Show & Tell.
Asian Art104 of 161Noritake "Child's Nursery Rhyme Plate" / Simple Simon and Old King Cole Design/ Circa 1920's-30's"Toyo" Japanese Porcelain 10" Plate / Peacock and Peonies wih Gilt Accents / Circa 1970
Love it
Like it

pops52pops52 loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
valentino97valentino97 loves this.
Moonstonelover21Moonstonelover21 loves this.
See 5 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 7 years ago

    (1145 items)

    Here's a beautiful little 5" Japanese Kutani jar or vase done in a red ground (persimmon) with gilt cranes. This particular style is called "Eiraku". The mark according to Gotheborg's site says "Kutani" which are the first two characters on the right. It says 9 or "ku" and valleys. This is the area this particular pottery comes from. The two characters on the left "ei" and "raku"are for "Eiraku" which is the family lineage of potters . There are lot of Kutani marks and styles. This red ground and gilt vase is just one style. A very nice little piece from the late 19th to early 20th century -Mike-

    Kutani Porcelain

    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.

    Eiraku Style (1865-1868)

    Eiraku became well known when Eiraku Wazen, a 12th generation potter, came from Kyoto to manage the Miyamoto kiln, where Iidaya style originated. In this style subjects such as flowers, birds, beasts, or insects are painted in gold over a red base with a one stroke drawing technique. It is also referred to as Kinrande, Zengoro, or Kasugayama style, and is also painted and glazed in reversed colors.

    Japanese Pottery
    See all
    Antique Japanese Silver Overlay Green Awaji Pottery Footed Vase
    Antique Japanese Silver Overlay Gre...
    Large Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Statue of Seated Figure
    Large Antique Japanese Satsuma Pott...
    Huge Antique Meiji period Japanese Dragon & pearl satsuma vase 22" tall
    Huge Antique Meiji period Japanese ...
    Exquisite Antique  Miniature Satsuma Vase SIGNED
    Exquisite Antique Miniature Satsum...
    Antique Japanese Silver Overlay Green Awaji Pottery Footed Vase
    Antique Japanese Silver Overlay Gre...
    See all


    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      I agree with you about the Eiraku.

      Gotheborg has your mark as number 1249. "Mark: ei and raku, Eiraku lineage of potters of Kyoto or the studio. Silver or gold work over a red enamel ground is quite typical for Meiji (1868-1912) period Eiraku pots."
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      very beautiful!!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks vetraio50... I had looked on Gotheborg and saw the mark but I didn't see any date unless there was another entry father down the page. It was late and I posting this rather quickly. Thanks for finding the exact date for me. -Mike-

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.