Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahashi, Hashime | Ume Goromo
This is one of his first models of this type in which one can see the evolution of this kokeshi from later renditions, and how Takahashi-son refined his technique. The kimono is beautifully ornamented with plum flowers in an artistic and painterly way. This is evident in the not only the kimono but also in the rendering of the undergarments, with the exaggerated waists and simple bright red obi. Condition: Wonderful condition but because of its age, it has a small crack on the bottom of the base which does not interfere with the aesthetic appreciation or the value of the piece. Dimensions: 12-0”. Signed on the bottom by Hashime Takahashi. This piece, with two others of its type, was featured in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition.
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.