This is a very early and rare creation made in 1950. The simple wood turning of each element directly complements the hand- painted floral motif on the body of the piece. Images used to decorate Kokeshi are often wonderfully simple and effective communicators of meaning. Sometimes, such as with this piece, the images are meant to be somewhat realistic, and many resemble real flowers found in the countryside. The daisies and leaves here have been colored and reduced to bare essentials to communicate the artist’s feelings and emotions about the subject. Condition: Exceptionally good, original condition with impressed seal. Dimension: 11-1/2”h.
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From Yonezawa City, Kuribayashi-san, (1924-2011), is considered one of the founding Fathers of the Sosaku-Creative movement. His dolls have won every major award given over the years. He began his career in 1955 and is featured in the Nuremberg Toy Museum in Germany along with fellow Sosaku artist Watanabe Masao. Many of his dolls are decorated with stylized Kiku, (Chrysanthemum), a popular theme for this artist.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection