Description: The title of this lathe-turned sosaku kokeshi is “Katao-Nami or translated as, “One-Sided Wave”. This “rare” doll is a famous award winning Kokeshi, produced in 1970. What is unique to this doll is the incorporation of a traditional hairstyle, and the tight, uncolored wood obi on a subtile claret-red Kimono. The closing or edge of the kimono is delicately indicated with shallow inscribing, with the wave motif in silver & gold which follows the lines of the kimono closure. The incised signature of the artist who made and produced his own original pieces, is on the bottom of the piece. Condition: Excellent/Original finish. Dimension: 13-1/4”h.
Additional Information —
Sato-san, also known as Sadahachi, was born in Okubo, Yoshioka Village, Gunma Prefecture in 1920, to a family who owned a silk trading business. At the age of 18, he began his professional career as a painter under famous artist Komuro, Suiun, before pursuing a career in creative Kokeshi making in 1948. Sato-san also pursued careers in fashion design, engineering, and mechanics. His Kokeshi dolls have won many awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award in 1966-1970. Sato-san’s artistry has been recognized by Japan’s Imperial Family, Crown Prince Akihito, (Now Emperor Akihito), the Minister of Economy and Trade, and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. Additional dolls by Sato, Suigai are published in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Traditiion, 2015, (ISBN: 978-1-4951-4155-3), and found on pages 89-97.
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