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Buying Kutani Porcelain

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 206

Kutani porcelain gets its name because it was produced in a specific territory in Japan. The village was originally called Kutani, but these days the city of Kaga encompasses the region. This type of porcelain has been in production since the mid 1600s although there were a few periods in which production was halted.

Makers of Kutani porcelain give it its beauty thanks to fine painting. It is known for its array of colors including yellows, blues, greens, reds, and purples. Every piece of porcelain has an intricate and fascinating design.

In the past, Kutani porcelain was produced for every day use. The villagers of the town weren't quite interested in its aesthetic appeal as much as its functional use. However, things changed many decades later once production started once again. Most of the porcelain that was produced in the region went on to be exported to other countries.

There are pieces of antique Kutani porcelain floating around the world nowadays. You can find them from dealers, auction houses, online shops, and even classified ads in the newspaper. If you're interested in buying one though, you need to know what you are doing.

Kutani porcelain looks somewhat similar to other Japanese styles. Inexperienced sellers may be mistaken on what exactly they're selling. You may run across ads in the newspaper or on the internet that is incorrect. You can avoid these problems by buying from respected dealers and auction houses.

Needless to say though, buying from these sources will cost the most money. If you don't know much about negotiation, then now is a good time to learn. Dealers of Kutani porcelain and other antiques are often willing to negotiate a better price with you as long as they will still make a decent profit on the item.

The particular method that you pay for your Kutani porcelain will likely affect how much you end up paying for it too. When you negotiate with a dealer, do so under the impression that you will pay by credit card or check. Once you have negotiated a seemingly final price, ask how much of a discount you can get if you pay in cash.

No matter what method you use to pay for your porcelain, you always want to get a receipt with your purchase. The receipt needs to contain vital information like the age and value of the porcelain and in fact this advice applies regardless of which japanese antiques you are intending to purchase. If there was any restoration work done or damage prior to the sale, it should also be noted on the receipt.

Having a proper receipt for your Kutani porcelain is even more important if you plan to take it through customs. You may be forced to pay a value added tax or duty on the item. Without a receipt to prove that you obtained the item legally, you may be in for a hassle.

Kutani porcelain, although not one of the most popular types of antiques sought from Japan, are still beautiful works of art. Their wide range of colors and splendid designs will certainly serve to enhance your home or collection.

The author is an avid collector of Japanese antiques. To learn more about these interesting pieces please visit

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