"Ume Goromo | Plum Flower" "Ume Goromo | Plum Flower"

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Ume Goromo | Plum Flower"

Takahashi, Hajime


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 12-0” h

The doll was made as a study in painting, which the artist was famous for, and created by an apprentice of Hajime. Its kimono is beautifully ornamented with a lavender textured kimono and colored plum blossoms in a very artistic way. This is evident in not only the kimono but also in the undergarments, with their exaggerated waist and simple red obi. The doll is signed on the bottom by the apprentice but untranslated.

Vintage Condition: “As is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, slight shallow scratch on the base, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

Artisan | Woodworker: Takahashi, Hajime | 1918-2002


Originally a fine arts painter, Takahashi-san 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.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

The most unusual quality of his dolls is that their heads can be a separate element, or just a simple tapered element at the top of the doll form. The artist motif‘s range from realistic to abstract Plum flowers, (Ume), Cherry blossoms, (Sakura), Japanese Iris, (Ayame), or celebrating seasonal festivals with zodiac animals. Takahashi-san has an unusual way to illustrate kimono in a very painterly way. He shows both the kimono and undergarments, with exaggerated waists and simple obi, if it shows an obi at all. Occasionally seen is his use of Rokuro Moyo in both carved and painted form.

Artist's Signature:

Takahashi Hashime sosaku kokeshi artist signature