Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kiku | Chrysanthemum” by Sato, Kouson (A.K.A. Kimura)

Sale price$325.00

Dimensions: 17-3/4”h

Kouson-san made a limited number of extraordinary tall dolls, most being ones with Zodiac drawings commissioned as special gifts. In this exceptionally large doll, Kimura-san used a flower that is considered the Imperial Seal of Japan, the Chrysanthemum flower, which was referred to as ‘Kikumon’. Here this exceptional, beautifully stylized flower is executed in such a painterly work of art. Combined with the use of defining ‘Chatter Work’, they create a wonderful contrast in texture on the undergarments. Her heads show a traditional influence with the bangs, side hair fringes, and white bows. Signed on the bottom by the artist. The piece is published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement, 2022 by Evans & Wolf.

Condition: Superb outstandingly excellent, impressive, and beautiful. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the collectible Sosaku Kokeshi. 

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Sato-san has never wanted biographical information published, hence researchers have not found any details about her life. What is known is that she is one of the few female creative Kokeshi makers, and is recognized as an accomplished artist. Kouson-san worked out of her studio in Fukushima-ken, Kuwaori-machi. This was in the heart of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastation area of Fukushima Prefecture. Reports say that creative works in her studio were lost. She retired soon after.