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Q: Kutani tea set, antique ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Kutani tea set, antique
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: joyful-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 31 Dec 2002 08:58 PST
Expires: 30 Jan 2003 08:58 PST
Question ID: 135526
I have an old tea set that was given to me.  I am trying to find out
its history, its age and what it is worth to sell.  I have looked
everywhere!  It is a miniature tea set.  The name on the bottom is
Kutani China, Yamazaki Co.  with gold/brown ferns encircling that. 
Not a complete circle.  It has a pot with a lid, 6 teacups and
saucers, very small, and creamer and sugar.  The cups when held up to
light and you look in the bottom have geisha girls that can only be
seen thru the light.  Predominant color is ivory/cream with trees,
gold and red and pagodas/gardens.  I would love an answer to this. 
Thanks so much.
Subject: Re: Kutani tea set, antique
Answered By: feilong-ga on 31 Dec 2002 15:37 PST
Hello Joyful,

Let me start by greeting you a happy New Year. May this be a rewarding
year for you and your family. Kutani ceramics are beautiful and
functional works of art. Kutani means "nine valleys" and have
originated in a small village in the mountains of the Ishikawa
Prefecture in Japan. You can access the following links by simply
pressing the "Shift" key before clicking on a link so it will open a
new window or right-click on the link and choose "Open in New Window"
to view the site.

I came across a site dedicated to this art:

Kutani Ceramic Homepage

There you can find an abundance of information about Kutani that
includes a virtual museum, links, and a forum. I was able to see
pictures similar to your description of the name on the bottom
encircled with gold/brown ferns. I searched the links on but unfortunately, there
is no image showing "Yamazaki Co." anywhere. I saw two images bearing
only the word/name "Yamazaki". Perhaps you can identify the marking by
clicking on this link:

Now in your case, I certainly believe that to find out the history,
age and value of your tea set, one has to get a close look of the
goods. Like you, I wasn't able to find zero-in on a definite info but
I'm sure the following sites I've checked and are providing you can
help you get the info/results that you want. One thing is certain, the
older the items are, the higher the value.

Ruby Lane ( ) specializes in fine art,
antiques, and collectibles. It has plenty of links to pages and sites
that showcase goods in these categories. You can search the site for
info on specific products.

Ruby Lane Global Search
This link shows Kutani products and will help you get an idea of up to
how much these precious ceramics can go. I have selected some links on
this site so that you can immediately view the products.

Japanese China Tea Set - $250 USD

Beautiful Kutani Japanese Tea Set - $68 USD Offers Accepted

Tea for Two: Blue Lustre Flower Tea Set - $38 USD Offers Accepted

Contact info:
second bullet Appraisal Section(

By the name itself, Replacements, Ltd. specializes in helping you
identify and, if necessary, replace your chinaware. As usual, I have
made it easy for you and you can simply click on the following links
to get help and info regarding your tea set.

Replacements, Ltd.
China Pattern Identification Instructions

Contact info:

The following are other sites that can help you get an idea about the
goods, find other articles in this category and get a good and
professional appraisal of set. Please check these links: - Fine Antiques and Collectibles on the Internet

Contact info and user help page of - Online Appraisals
Beuatiful Old Kutani Hand-painted Tea Set,beautiful_old_kutani,3daf3cdb72.html

Contact info:
Contact information to Antiqnet's offices and departments and a link
that also leads to to help you appraise your tea

Additional Information:

Birthplace of Kutani - Gives a brief history of Kutani and valuable
info about the styles and patterns

Kutani Collection from Japan

The sites I've provided are sites that I feel are helpful and most
relevant to your search. In case you want more, you can search other
results from the last two links below.

Search Strategy:

yamazaki kutani

"kutani china"

I hope you'll be joyful of my help, Joyful. Should you have any
comments/questions, please feel free to post your clarification before
rating this and I'll attend to you as soon as possible. Again, happy
New Year and thanks for asking.

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