• IN 2010 FAMOUS ANTIQUES AUTHORITY, TV personality, and publisher Terry Kovel mentioned KAW in one of her popular widely syndicated columns –
Q: My all-white figurine of a rearing horse with its front legs on a column is marked Kent Art Ware Japan. It is 9 inches tall and looks very modern. When was it made?
A: You have a piece of Kent Art Ware (KAW), which was made in Japan in the 1920s or 30s. Kent designs are very Art Deco. David Eaton, a researcher who hosts a website on Kent Art Ware, thinks Kent wares were made at the Moriyama pottery in Japan. Several Japanese-made, Western-style figurines have been found that are almost identical except for their marks. Noritake apparently commissioned Moriyama to make Kent Art Ware, which Noritake then sold in the United States. Several Japanese companies have made special pieces in the American taste and never sold them in Japan. The name of the brand, Kent, probably was chosen to suggest an American or English company. Most Kent ware is all white. Some pieces are white with added colors on a skirt or leaf. Many resemble pieces made in the Deco style by major German and Austrian potteries. You have a piece of an as-yet-undiscovered collectible, so few people will know what it should cost.