A pair of fine quality Japanese Kutani foo dogs in rich polychrome enamels over porcelain. The pair date to the Meiji period (1868-1912) and are in lovely condition for their age.
Kutani ware is a style of Japanese porcelain traditionally from the Kutani region which is now part of Kaga, Ishikawa. The name is divided into two periods of manufacture, initially from the 17th and 18th centuries and then a revival in the 19th century.
Kutani ware is often marked by vivid dark colours that epitomise lavish aesthetics. It's thought that the long harsh and grey winters of the Hokuriku region led people there to desire ceramic wares with bold colours.
Measure - 18.5cm high