A Kutani porcelain male and female couple of Mandarin or Wood Ducks (or Oshidori in Japanese.) Decorative arts celebrating the monogamy of Mandarin ducks were popular wedding gifts in some Asian cultures including Japan. Polychrome enamel decoration in the Ao-Kutani ("blue Kutani - reference not just to blue but also to green and aubergine derivatives of blue") palette. The plumage richly colored thusly and the chests and sides in a light, Robin's egg blue. Both marked "Ku Tani" in red enamel Kanji characters on the flat, biscuit undersides. The male duck in good condition with only a couple minor, small flakes to the black glaze - one on its forehead and one on the back tip of its crown (no damage to the porcelain body.) The male duck 8 inches long and 5 inches high.) We are pricing this listing for the male duck but including the female duck.
The female duck with minor enamel loss and a crack roughly diagonally through the body and with evidence of glue - very tight, good fit and not very conspicuous when used in decorating. The female duck 6 1/8 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high. Taisho or possibly late Meiji era judging from the nicely applied enamel decoration.