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
http://www.gbouvier.com/Seal/seal_marking.htm 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 ( http://www.rubylane.com/ ) 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
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.
China Pattern Identification Instructions
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:
Tias.com - Fine Antiques and Collectibles on the Internet
Contact info and user help page of Tias.com
WhatsItWorthToYou.com - Online Appraisals
Beuatiful Old Kutani Hand-painted Tea Set
Contact information to Antiqnet's offices and departments and a link
that also leads to WhatsItWorthToYou.com to help you appraise your tea
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.
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.