Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahashi, Hashime | Plum Country | Signed
This large doll again illustrates the artist’s foundation in painting. The Kimono is beautifully ornamented with pink colored Ume, and incorporates a different and exaggerated waist and obi cord. Again, Kansashi is incorporated as a decorative element to the doll. Dimension: 18-0”h. Conditon: Excellent and signed by Takahashi.
Additional Information —
Originally a fine arts painter, Takahashi-san (1918-2002), is from Sendai, (where Traditional Kokeshi were born), in Miyagi Prefecture. His artistic background also includes time spent as a craftsman of Yuzen silk kimono dying. He is a multiple award winner in yearly Kokeshi competitions, receiving the Prime Minister’s Award, the highest honor bestowed on Sosaku Kokeshi artists. All of his work is easily recognized by the painterly designs decorating his dolls. Now deceased, his son, Akinori is carrying on the family’s tradition, but in limited production.