Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kantsubaki | Camellia Girl” by Takamizawa, Kazuo

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Dimensions: 8-1/2”h

Takamizawa-san is one of the Kokeshi artist referred to as a Kokeshi-kojin, a craftsperson who creates dolls from beginning to end, for which Kokeshi collectors are drawn to the aesthetic beauty and simplicity of form by these spirit-infused, lathe-turned dolls. As with this series of dolls he celebrates two elements that Takamizawa-san loved: the celebration of natural wood and the Winter Camellia. The figure retains the wonderful character and patterning of the Enju wood, all of which is kept as a natural decorative element. The hairstyle is a classic black hair treatment with a (Mage), as a separate piece and complements the long bangs and ‘Bob’ treatment framing the red nose face. The entire figure details are executed with a woodburning technique which is the free-hand art of decorating with burn marks to give a visual and textural quality to the surface. These earlier Kokeshi has no red stamp on the bottom because Takamizawa-san did not start to affix his personal stamp on the doll until he started selling them at the ryokans/spas.

Condition: Excellent with no imperfections or color loss. Museum quality piece and a perfect doll for the collector of Takamizawa’s work in the Sosaku Kokeshi folk art genre.