Umeko | Plum Child Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Takahashi, Hashime Umeko | Plum Child Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Takahashi, Hashime

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

“Umeko | Plum Child”

Takahashi, Hajime

Realized Value: $100.00

Age:1950

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 6-0”h

The motif on this doll represents a very simple but abstract image of ume, (plum flower). The emphasis is on the child’s clothing utilizing “Rokuro Moyo” line work, a simple flower and stem and a black obi. The eyes of the doll are also unusual compared to the typical eye treatment used by this artist. The piece is signed on the bottom.

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


Artisan | Woodworker: Takahashi, Hajime | 1918-2002

Origin:

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